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When My Baby Smiles at Me (10-Nov-1948)

Director: Walter Lang

Writers: Elizabeth Reinhardt; Lamar Trotti

From a play: Burlesque by Arthur Hopkins and George Manker Watters

Keywords: Musical

Nominated for 1949 Oscars, Dan Dailey (for Best Actor) and Alfred Newman (for Best Music Score). The film is largely forgotten today.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Richard Arlen
1-Sep-1898 28-Mar-1976 Island of Lost Souls
Dan Dailey
14-Dec-1913 16-Oct-1978 When My Baby Smiles at Me
James Gleason
23-May-1882 12-Apr-1959 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Betty Grable
18-Dec-1916 2-Jul-1973 The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs
June Havoc
8-Nov-1912 28-Mar-2010 Gentleman's Agreement
Jack Oakie
12-Nov-1903 23-Jan-1978 The Great Dictator


Review by Wendy Whiteside (posted on 3-May-2007)

I personally LOVED this movie. When I was a little girl my Dad took me to see it 5 times and we sat through it twice each time. What a Dad! I've been looking all over to own it and saw it once on Television 36 years ago. I love the music, the color, the actors and the story. Dan Dailey was especially good in this movie. His acting and dancing were terrific. I felt he never was recognized enough for his talent. After seeing it as an adult I agree it is a little corny. But they don't make the movies like that anymore. Darn!

Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Mar-2006)

I first saw this movie when I was a teenager, and I liked it very much. I don't think I've seen it since--my brother and I have been searching for the song, "What Did I Do?" for several years and finally found the reference to the movie. Now, we'd like to get the sheet music or a video of the film. I remember Dan Dailey's performance in particular, possibly his best screen performance. I don't remember much about Betty Grable, but she was probably like the Betty Grable in her other movies. June Havoc was the best female actor in the film. I don't know which of above two sang "What Did I Do?" I'd love to see the movie again.

Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Aug-2006)

I saw this movie when it first was released, and so did my two brothers. We all thought it was great, and we loved the music. I can't remember many details of the plot, but all three of us remember the song, "What Did I Do?" sung by one of the actresses who obviously has been done wrong to. As a matter of fact, all three of us remember all the words to the song even though we haven't heard it since the movie came out. One of my brothers and I spent a couple years, searching for the movie which featured this song. It almost drove us nuts. Now, I'd give my right arm for a copy of the sheet music of "What Did I Do." All the songs from all the wonderful 40s and 50s musicals were published, and surely this one was, too. Can any one help? I loved Dan Dailey and Betty Grable in the film. How could you go wrong with stars like these? Yes, compared to today's sophisticated films, "When My Baby Smiles at Me" seems naive and simplistic, but, hey, what's the matter with that?

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