Little from Metro’s costly March of Time Technicolor musical has actually been resuscitated, although Metro’s now historic and costly floppo venture inspired this combined effort by Harry Rapf, Willard Mack and Edgar Allan Woolf to retrieve something from the celluloid wreckage.
Patently it was primed to trace the hoofing variety Hacketts from their Tony Pastor’s days until the third-generation success of grandson Ted Hackett III as a film juvenile star. Dovetailed in is all the array of venerable variety talent which Metro assembled for its March of Time production four years earlier.
It’s all Alice Brady and Frank Morgan’s picture in sterling characterizations as the original hoofing Hacketts of Tony Pastor’s time and down through the years into the third generation. Madge Evans and Russell Hardie (Ted Hackett Jr) sustain the sub-romance interest.
The third generation has Jackie Cooper as Ted III as a child, and Eddie Quillan playing the matured Ted III when he becomes an overnight Hollywood click.
Cast names which are also included are dragged in by the heels, strictly for ballyhoo value. Among ’em are Jimmy Durante, whose brief appearance in a studio ante-room, as a would-be film aspirant, is strictly a one-to-fill; Fay Templeton and May Robson in the resurrected Technicolor stuff; Una Merkel in an anonymous bit merely shown flirting with the stage actor.