Review: ‘Naughty But Nice’

Naughty but Nice has a good quota of laughs and is generally bright, despite a plot at which cynical Tin Pan Alley habitues might look askance. This being Dick Powell's finale for Warners, the studio gives Ann Sheridan No. 1 co-star billing. Film title is not particularly consistent with story content.

Naughty but Nice has a good quota of laughs and is generally bright, despite a plot at which cynical Tin Pan Alley habitues might look askance. This being Dick Powell’s finale for Warners, the studio gives Ann Sheridan No. 1 co-star billing. Film title is not particularly consistent with story content.

Powell is a professional composer who finds himself a commercial songsmith, especially when partnered with Gale Page’s lyrics. Sheridan is the slight menace here, a mike siren who would break up the songwriting team just to be cut-in on his future songs.

An insidious rum drink is a plot essential. Mistaken for lemonade, it sends the staid Powell into hi-jinks and front-page notoriety as a let’s-tear-the-joint-down-kid, whenever he is taken into a nitery atmosphere and fed these high voltage beverages.

Naughty But Nice

Production

Warner. Director Ray Enright; Producer [Sam Bischoff]; Screenplay Richard Macaulay, Jerry Wald; Camera Arthur L. Todd; Editor Thomas Richards; Music Ray Heindorf (arr.), Leo F. Forbstein (dir.); Art Director Max Parker

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Ann Sheridan Dick Powell Gale Page Helen Broderick Ronald Reagan Allen Jenkins

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