Review: ‘You Can’t Have Everything’

Those Ritz Bros are let loose in a wild and hilarious filmusical, one of the best of the series of this type which 20th Century-Fox has turned out. There are others in it too - Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Charles Winninger, Arthur Treacher, Tony Martin, Rubinoff and Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee, all dressed up).

Those Ritz Bros are let loose in a wild and hilarious filmusical, one of the best of the series of this type which 20th Century-Fox has turned out. There are others in it too – Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Charles Winninger, Arthur Treacher, Tony Martin, Rubinoff and Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee, all dressed up).

Another backstage story and all the principals are familiar types of the theatre. This time the heroine (Faye) is not the prima donna, but a young dramatist of serious plays, who sells a script because of her good looks. Ameche is the successful Broadway librettist who persuades Winninger to make the investment. When her serious play is made the basis for a satiric musical, Faye returns to town to protest, and discovers herself the author of a hit.

The Ritz Bros sing and dance in their underwear; they disguise themselves as scrub women and do a routine in the YWCA; they do a good floor number with Louis Prima, and his band; and they give Hovick excellent support in some amusing blackouts.

Five numbers are contributed by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.

You Can't Have Everything

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Norman Taurog; Producer Laurence Schwab; Screenplay Harry Tugend, Jack Yellen, Karl Tunberg; Camera Lucien Andriot; Editor Hansen Fritch; Music David Buttolph (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Alice Faye Ritz Bros. Don Ameche Charles Winninger Gypsy Rose Lee Rubinoff
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