A Song for Miss Julie (February 19, 1945)

Shirley Ross in A Song for Miss Julie
 

Released on February 19, 1945: (running time 67 minutes) A romantic musical comedy about a Southern family and a Yankee Broadway show author.

Directed by William Rowland

The Actors: Shirley Ross (Valerie Kimbro), Barton Hepburn (George Kimbro, playwright), Jane Farrar (Julie Charteris), Roger Clark (Stephen Mont, George's assistant), Cheryl Walker (Marcelle Conway), Elisabeth Risdon (Mrs. Ambrose Charteris), Lillian Randolph (Eliza Henry, housekeeper), Peter Garey (Pete the bellhop), Renie Riano (Eurydice Lannier, newspaper social editor), Harry Crocker (John Firbank), Vivien Fay (herself), Alicia Markova (herself, ballet dancer), Anton Dolin (himself, ballet dancer), George M. Carleton (lawyer), Earle S. Dewey (dinner companion), Bess Flowers (woman in audience), June Hillman (Mrs. Firbank), Broderick O'Farrell (man in audience), Larry Steers (man in audience), Ellinor Vanderveer (guest)

 

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The Louisiana Lady, the Foreigners from New York, and the Secret Diary

Today, may I tell you a backstory about an actress that you will see in this story, and a backstory of an actress that you will not see in this story?

The first credited actor is Shirley Ross, who plays the part of a New York City burlesque fan-dancer who married a Broadway author and is trying, but not succeeding, to become a sophisticated lady. Her character’s most telling error is in using the word ‘chic’ properly, but pronouncing it like it is a small rooster.

Shirley was pretty enough, and talented enough, to have become a super-star, but that was never to happen. She once remarked that, "If a girl is pretty, education is unnecessary. If she's not, it's inadequate." She appeared in only thirty motion pictures, and this is her final motion picture appearance. The reason to remember her is not from this movie, but rather from her appearance seven years earlier in the movie, “The Big Broadcast of 1938”.

“The Big Broadcast of 1938” was a movie that showcased the major entertainers of that year, including W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, and a young comedian named Bob Hope. In this movie, Shirley Ross is the wife of Bob Hope’s character, and near the end of the story she sings a song with Bob Hope. This song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and to this day it remains in the list of 100 top songs of all time. The name of this song that was first sung by Shirley Ross and Bob Hope? - “Thanks for the Memories.”

In 1926 Miami, Florida was struck by a hurricane that did tremendous damage. In Houston, Texas there was a girl named Alberta Pearl McKellop, who was praised by the government for relaying messages to the Miami area using her amateur short-wave radio. This girl got her radio license when she was twelve years old, becoming the youngest professional radio operator at the time. As an adult she appeared in 26 motion pictures using the name Marla Shelton, none of which became huge hits. In this musical romantic adventure, she is the author of all of the songs that are used.

This story is a romantic adventure without any great emotional highs and lows that will grip you mightily. You can enjoy it as a story that gently rolls along on a peaceful summer day, or you can listen carefully for the sarcasm and wit that drip from many of the dialogue lines. In America, the gentle south and the boisterous north have always been in sharp contrast, and the dialogue uses this contrast to great effect. As the Southern lady remarks to the Yankee blonde, “The triumph of mind over manners.” Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin
Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin
Barton Hepburn
Barton Hepburn
Barton Hepburn
Barton Hepburn
Cheryl Walker
Cheryl Walker
Cheryl Walker
Cheryl Walker
Earle S. Dewey and George M. Carleton
Earle S. Dewey and George M. Carleton
Elisabeth Risdon
Elisabeth Risdon
Elisabeth Risdon and Roger Clark
Elisabeth Risdon and Roger Clark
Jane Farrar
Jane Farrar
Jane Farrar and Elisabeth Risdon
Jane Farrar and Elisabeth Risdon
Lillian Randolph
Lillian Randolph
Lillian Randolph and Jane Farrar
Lillian Randolph and Jane Farrar
Peter Garey
Peter Garey
Peter Garey and Roger Clark
Peter Garey and Roger Clark
Roger Clark and Cheryl Walker
Roger Clark and Cheryl Walker
Roger Clark and Jane Farrar
Roger Clark and Jane Farrar
Shirley Ross
Shirley Ross
Shirley Ross, Peter Garey, Roger Clark
Shirley Ross, Peter Garey, Roger Clark