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The stuffy manager of lovely opera singer Vicki Cassel and her uncle, a classical conductor, is determined to close down the noisy nightclub that's next door to the Cassels' home. The club's owners--Steve, a handsome ladies man, Jeff, his clownish sidekick--hatch a plan to keep the club open. Steve arranges to meet--and woo--Vicki and then invite her and her uncle to the club. When Vicki's snobbish aunt and the manager discover that Vicki now favors popular music to the classics, they arrange to get the club closed. But that doesn't keep Steve and Jeff down. Instead they decide to put on a Broadway show if they can get a backer. They find their "angel" in Vicki's uncle who agrees to finance the show only if Vicki is the leading lady. But once again, Vicki's aunt and manager may be the spoiler in everyone's plans.

Martha Vickers replaced Ann Blyth before filming began.

Rose Bascom was called the "Queen of the Trick Ropers" and has been inducted into National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the Utah Rodeo Hall of Fame.

No connection to the 1929 film of the same name, also from Warner Brothers.

If you see credits elsewhere for Frank and/or Harry Condos for this film, it likely came from bad information. Frank Condos and Nick Condos were the Condos Brothers in live performances from 1929 to the mid-30s, including 1 film in 1932. Harry was listed in a 1930 Playbill, but that's likely a misprint since Frank (also in the Playbill) was dancing with Nick at the time, and they took their act to Europe. All film credits after 1932 for Condos Brothers refer to brothers Nick and Steve Condos.

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Sunday 28 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Salt Lake City Wednesday 26 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Phoenix Saturday 13 April 1957 on KOOL (Channel 10), and in Portland OR Saturday 18 May 1957 on KPTV (Channel 12). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were still in B&W. Most viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. In Honolulu it enjoyed its first colorcast Thursday 13 February 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13).

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    • Author: Phenade
    For what it is, and it is simply a well crafted ball of fluff, THE TIME,THE PLACE and the GIRL is a delight. From Dennis Morgan crooning to Jack Carson clowning there are worse ways to spend a few hours. Best though is the Arthur Schwartz score with RAINY NIGHT IN RIO and A GAL IN CALICO rolling around in your brain days after the film is over. Check your brain at the door and sit back and relax. THE TIME THE PLACE AND THE GIRL is a real old fashioned charmer!!!!!!!!!!
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    • Author: Silver Globol
    This movie is excellent.The cast was wonderful..Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson,Janis Paige,Martha Vickers,S.Z. Sakall and more... WOW!!I especially noticed that Dennis Morgan looked very relaxed in this film.It seemed like he was having lots of fun!He always is excellent in movies with Jack Carson.They performed easily with each other because they were such good friends.It shows!! Janis Paige and Martha Vickers are very lovely and great actresses.My favorite parts in this film are the romantic scenes with Dennis and Martha and when Janis accidentally sprays Jack in the face with a bottle of seltzer.Dennis couldn't help but giggle in that scene!This movie is full of songs and very highly enjoyable!
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    • Author: Yananoc
    My Mother, Martha Vickers was in this wonderful movie , that I love to this day and still sing " Met a Gal In Calico"...I lost my mother Martha when I was 16 and now I will be 50 in June...so many moons ago but I can still get this movie to view at Eddie Brandts on Vineland and watch it and smile and still sing the songs from this wonderful movie....as it is her best I feel she has done....even better then the Big Sleep!....go and get it and enjoy!... This movie was never put on video but you can get it from Eddie Brandt on Vineland as long as you rent another movie...so if you are there then get my mothers other movie, " That Way with women" another great classic and then you get these two for free and just have to rent tow other movies..do it!...
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    • Author: Sat
    While THE TIME, THE PLACE AND THE GIRL never rises above being a pleasant little "let's put on a show" musical, it does feature a few sprightly song numbers that are easy on the eyes and ears--and all of the performances are genial and appealing.

    Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson are ideal as show biz guys willing to put something over on Martha Vickers in order to get backing for their enterprise. Vickers comes across as even more appealing than she was in THE BIG SLEEP as the nymphomaniacal daughter. And for good measure, there's the always vivacious Janis Paige doing her standard musical comedy thing with finesse. Donald Woods does a standout job as the stuffy tutor of musical pupil Vickers.

    Comic relief from Florence Bates and S.Z. Sakall is a big help--especially since the script itself is none too witty. But what really makes the film a special delight are the handsome production values which went into this formula musical and two outstanding songs that are given first-rate treatment: A GIRL FROM CALICO and A RAINY NIGHT IN RIO.

    If you like backstage musicals, you'll enjoy this minor delight.
  • comment
    • Author: Voodoolkree
    The beautiful "Oh, But I Do," is the Arthur Schwartz theme song of this Warners entry, with "Calico" and "Rainy Night in Rio" completing the tuneful bill.

    These fine numbers are given full production numbers to their credit, which are colorful and pleasing.

    There's nothing wrong with the casting either, headed by the lovable Dennis Morgan and versatile Jack Carson.

    If only the scripting were better. It's really quite stock writing, with formula lines and situations--nothing special.

    Don't know about you, but having "blackface numbers" pop up from nowhere for laughs is increasingly irksome in these period pieces.

    All in all, a slight pastiche in the WB stock company folio.
  • comment
    • Author: I_LOVE_228
    Warner Brothers did for Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson something that Paramount until the Road To Bali never did for Bing and Bob. The Time, The Place And The Girl was done in some really nice technicolor and they gave the musical numbers by Arthur Schwartz and Leo Robin full production numbers. They could do this because a great deal of the film has a nightclub setting.

    A nightclub setting that Morgan and Carson own and are trying to open. But they are next door to S.Z. Sakall and Florence Bates and their townhouse. Sakall is a symphony conductor and their granddaughter Martha Vickers is studying grand opera. Funny we hear no operatic notes from her.

    What to do but send the old lady killer Morgan into action. But he really falls for Vickers. I think you can figure the rest out.

    The musical numbers are not as elaborate as Busby Berkeley stuff in the Thirties, but are more elaborate than Road films numbers which only had the Crosby/Hope personalities to put them across and they certainly didn't do a bad job.

    One interesting bit of casting is that of Donald Woods as Sakall's business manager who plays it like Edward Everett Horton and threatens to close the whole club down and ruin Morgan and Carson. A change of pace for Woods who was never quite a leading man, but was a chameleon like actor who fit into many characters without a bit of personality usually. Here he borrows Horton's.

    Dennis's light tenor and Carson's antics are always entertaining.
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    • Author: Gugrel
    A boilerplate Warners mid-'40s musical, but a triumph for the Great American Songbook, this backstager has some gorgeous Arthur Schwartz melodies married to Leo Robin lyrics wittier than anything in the script. The Oscar-nominated "Oh, But I Do" is one of Schwartz' loveliest melodies ever, and the little-known "A Thousand Dreams" isn't far behind. There's "A Gal in Calico," which once it gets in your head simply won't leave (it's been in mine for days) and "A Rainy Night in Rio," part of the South American craze then hitting the Hit Parade. There's "A Solid Citizen of the Solid South," done in grimace-inspiring blackface, but actually a pretty good number if you can get past that. All are "diegetic" numbers, meaning they're part of the stage entertainment in the film rather than related to plot or character, and they're backed by luscious Warners orchestrations, which were brassier and jazzier than what the arrangers turned out at Paramount or 20th or MGM. To get to these goodies you have to sit through a lot of inconsequential backstage plot, not to mention the tiresome jowl-shaking of S.Z. Sakall and the badly dated comedy of Jack Carson. But there's Martha Vickers, pretty and appealing, and Janis Paige, always reliable for sex appeal and a tart way with a good line. And Dennis Morgan, a Warners staple in the '40s, who had more presence and testosterone than most of the singing-capon tenors movie musicals of the day typically turned out. Carson and Morgan were sort of Warners' Hope and Crosby and were teamed many times. This is one of their more tolerable efforts, thanks almost exclusively to the efforts of Messrs. Schwartz and Robin.
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    • Author: Thordibandis
    A very funny movie. Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson are two guys who want to put on a musical, but they need a backer. Also hindering their plans is an orchestra conductor (S.Z. Sakall) who lives next door and doesn't like their "noise". Morgan simply has the conductor's daughter (Martha Vickers) - who is also an opera singer - fall in love with him. Then everyone gets along fine. Lots of good one-liners - Sakall gets a lot of the laughs. One of my favorite actresses, Janis Paige, also appears, as one of the show's stars (and Carson's girlfriend, if I remember correctly). There's one number that Morgan sings in blackface and there's a big production number with all the dancing girls dressed as cows that has just got to be seen to be believed! The only time I was bored was during the tap dancing - I have trouble watching that. Keep your ears clear for the best line, spoken by Vickers to Morgan - "I don't want the best, I want you!". I could say something similar to this film.
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    • Author: Thabel
    What can be said about this WB boxoffice hit of 1946? The word inconsequential comes to mind. The formula for the WB musical is in full effect here, slight, fluffy story, plain and unsubtle vaudeville pastiche and affable leading men with slightly jarring crooning voices, a couple of hit songs by the top writers of the day and the best of them in the WB movies, impressively photographed, lit and well executed musical numbers to match the songs. If this is your cup of tea, so be it. Carson and Morgan do have a Crosby/hope chemistry and were supposed to be WB answer to the Road movies. They made a couple more but the success waned creating the end of the team.
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    • Author: Eigeni
    The most delightful musical with a very funny story-line despite the fact that S.Z. Sakall doesn't fracture the English language that much other than mispronouncing Philadelphia and saying from finish to start. Jack Carson, enjoyable here as always, is less subdued when it comes to comical farce.

    A maestro with a heart, Sakall, wants to close down the night club next door to his home. His prim and proper daughter, Martha Vickers, wants more of life and invariably she meets up with Dennis Morgan. Morgan and Carson again prove that they were absolutely terrific together.

    There are some wonderful dancing numbers along with the songs, particularly the opening of various loves on letter-named streets.

    Donald Woods as Vickers' manager and Florence Bates, wife to Sakall, add to the fun with their stuffiness, though Bates yields at the end. Enjoyable fanfare.
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    • Author: Ferri - My name
    I watched this because it had a middling rating on IMDb and yet was nominated for at least one Oscar because it was on Turner Classic Movies' 31 Days of Oscar. I always watch these and then look afterwards at what nominations the film got to see if I correctly guessed. This time I came up empty.

    It's a good film to watch if you are recovering from a nervous breakdown because there is little to no real conflict of consequence going on. Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson - the Hope and Crosby of Warner Brothers - are going to open up a club next door to the home of opera singer Victoria Cassel and symphonic conductor Ladislaus Cassel, granddaughter and grandfather, played by Martha Vickers and S.Z. Sakall, respectively. I guess we can talk about the bizarre zoning that would allow a nightclub next to a mansion another time. Their manager (Donald Woods sporting a ridiculous looking mustache) tells Morgan and Carson that he will have them shut down because they are hindering his clients' ability to practice their kind of music in peace.

    So Morgan and Carson invite Victoria and her grandfather over to listen to "their kind of music" and they admit there is nothing wrong with it. The real instigators of the trouble are the manager and the grandfather's wife, an ex opera singer herself, so the club is still shut down over the ignored protests of grandfather and Victoria.

    The rest of the film is about Morgan and Carson attempting to "put on a show" instead of opening their club. Of course there are complications. Vicki and Morgan's character begin a romance of sorts, but Morgan tells her he is not the marrying kind. That issue is never settled by the way. There is a gold digging woman who is the image of Scarlet Johansson who is either helping or hindering the show financially depending on whether or not she thinks Morgan's character is sweet on her versus her desire take a Texas oilman (Alan Hale) for all he is worth. The eternal struggle of muscles versus money. So the main issues are will the show ever get enough financial backing to open and how will that happen, and will the trouble-making manager, who seems to be doubly threatened since he seems to have a thing for Vicki, thwart Vicki's involvement in the show and her involvement with Morgan.

    One weird thing about the music - it turns out the film was nominated for best song for a very forgettable number. In fact, all of the numbers are pretty forgettable with the exception of the very hummable "Rainy Night in Rio". Also, all through this film, there is supposed to be a running argument about swing/jazz music versus symphonic music, with the swing music being what the show is supposed to be about and why the original nightclub was closed in the first place. The "show" that is the creation of Carson's and Morgan's characters consists of what I would call pseudo-symphonic music and production numbers tame enough for any garden variety MGM musical at the time.

    Summarizing - I wasn't at all impressed by the music, although Dennis Morgan's voice is always pleasant to listen to. So it's both Morgan and Carson doing their usual comic schtick with Morgan being the smooth one and Carson being the cruder and more forward of the two that is the draw along with the well intentioned S.Z. Sakall also being pretty amusing.
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    • Author: Dynen
    A two hour technicolor musical featuring romantic comedy storyboard cultural preferences the dialogue and storyline seem among the weaker of those surviving. Cuddles Szakall and the less known today Florence Bates play their familiar comic shtick of the busybody older gent and his controlling wife with perfect coming timing, one of the best aspects of the film. Dennis Morgan who often poses and croons and Jack Carson, who often gets into trouble and clowns around play familiar roles when co-cast though this time in one of the weaker plots. The formula puttin' on a show plot of the era does not work as smoothly as it does in other films with the three female leads none today remembered each playing stock characters in the formula plot. Well technically crafted in technicolor it lacks the direction or interest maintaining format of its competitors.
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    • Author: Nilarius
    Spoilers. Observations. Opinions.

    Nice costumes. In the large group dance scenes on stage, there is quite a beautiful rainbow of costuming. The Latin theme is apropos to the period, right after World War Two when audiences liked South American-type dance pastiches.

    The stereotypes avail. I like Jack and Dennis films. This is one of the typical ones. Jack is the buffoon and sidekick, and Dennis is the ladies' man. As cowboys on stage, Jack carries the heavy equipment while Dennis croons on endlessly.

    I don't like those stereotypes, but they happen a lot with Jack and Dennis.

    Broke guys want to put on a show, and they find wealthy people to foot the bill. The wealthy people all of a sudden get thrifty, and trouble ensues. $30,000. Oh, my! That might be $300,000 today.

    Classical music loving people get introduced to swing and jazz. They are having a hard time. Imagine in the mid nineteen fifties, ten years later, that their beloved swing and jazz get upended by that nasty little rock and roll.

    Sakall is cute in his jammies. He gets all the best lines. Double-jointed checking account, indeed.

    Lambie Pie has got some money. He is from the real Texas, not the fake one. He shows up during the theatrics of the phone call, to much hmmmmpf and hilarity. Lamb Chop even offers more money. Take it!
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    • Author: Still In Mind
    Songs by Arthur Schwartz (music) and Leo Robin (lyrics): "I Happened To Walk Down First Street" (Carson, Morgan, Paige and Greene), "A Solid Citizen of the Solid South" (Carson and Paige), "Through a Thousand Dreams" (Morgan and Vickers, accompanied by Cavallaro), "A Gal in Calico" (Morgan, Carson, Paige, Vickers), "A Rainy Night in Rio" (Morgan, Carson, Paige, Vickers), "Oh, But I Do" (Morgan). Miss Vickers' singing voice dubbed by Sally Sweetland. Dances directed and staged by LeRoy Prinz. Music adapted by Frederick Hollander, arranged by Dudley Chambers, orchestrated and conducted by Ray Heindorf. Music director: Leo F. Forbstein.

    Copyright 28 December 1946 by Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc. A Warner Brothers-First National picture. New York opening at the Strand: 26 December 1946. U.S. release: 28 December 1946. U.K. release: 26 May 1947. Australian release: 22 January 1948 (sic). 9,483 feet. 105 minutes.

    SYNOPSIS: A musical highbrow (well played by Donald Woods) tries to stop the next-door nightclub from putting on a show.

    NOTES: "A Gal in Calico" was nominated for the year's Best Song award, but lost out to "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from Song of the South.

    COMMENT: Engagingly acted by all concerned (especially by the lovely Martha Vickers and gold-digging Angela Greene), this is a bright, colorful musical comedy with two standout songs: "A Gal in Calico" and "A Rainy Night in Rio".

    The plot provides some amusing variations on the standard putting- on-a-show ploy and does tend to become a bit overloaded with material, presumably to ensure that all six of the principals (Morgan, Carson, Vickers, Paige, Sakall and Greene) enjoy a fair share of the action.

    Intending viewers are warned, however, that S.Z. Sakall manages to figure in rather more than a strictly equitable shake. For instance, he's not just a spectator of the musical numbers, but also tries to conduct the orchestra (whilst getting dressed, yet). I thought he was entertaining, but if you're not particularly partial to S.Z.'s visual and aural shenanigans, better give this Place a miss.

    On the other hand, everyone's favorite pianist (and mine), Carmen Cavallaro (later to win fame for his superlative dubbing for Tyrone Power in "The Eddy Duchin Story") is present both in person and on the sound track — and that is a major treat that surely no fan in his right senses would want to miss.
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    • Author: MrRipper
    Pleasant musical, colorfully produced, but with more plot and talk than necessary for a musical. The plot's well worn—the guys and gals want to put on a musical in spite of a couple of killjoys (Bates & Woods). Seems the money needed for the show keeps getting passed around between good guys and not-so-good guys. Anyway, count on Morgan and Carson to get things right. The musical numbers are eye-catching, especially the rope-twirling "Calico", along with tap-dancing whirlwinds the Condo Brothers. I expect one reason for the talk is the large number of featured players, from Morgan to Bates. Each name player has to get enough dialogue to maintain status and pay-rate.

    This is still early in the Morgan-Carson pairing, so fans may be disappointed they don't get more shtick. Nonetheless, their chemistry shows promise. And, of course, there's Cuddles Sakall doing his ain't-I-adorable bit, which of course he is. But the real surprise, to me at least, is noir vamp Martha Vickers. None of that here; instead, she shines in a sparkly role I would never have suspected. Too bad she never rose to the level her talent clearly warranted. For those fans of 40's women's big hats, catch Paige's menacing flower combo early on. I'm surprised the actress kept her head.

    Anyway, it's an eye-catching 100-minutes, and if not memorable, at least entertaining.
  • Complete credited cast:
    Dennis Morgan Dennis Morgan - Steven Ross
    Jack Carson Jack Carson - Jeff Howard
    Janis Paige Janis Paige - Sue Jackson
    Martha Vickers Martha Vickers - Victoria Cassel
    S.Z. Sakall S.Z. Sakall - Ladislaus Cassel (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
    Alan Hale Alan Hale - John Braden
    Angela Greene Angela Greene - Elaine Winters
    Donald Woods Donald Woods - Martin Drew
    Florence Bates Florence Bates - Mme. Lucia Cassel
    Carmen Cavallaro Carmen Cavallaro - Carmen Cavallaro - Orchestra Leader
    Nick Condos Nick Condos - Specialty Dancer (as The Condos Brothers)
    Steve Condos Steve Condos - Specialty Dancer (as The Condos Brothers)
    Chandra Kaly and His Dancers Chandra Kaly and His Dancers - Chandra Kaly and His Dancers
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