Tin Pan Alley (film)

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Tin Pan Alley
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Walter Lang
Screenplay by Robert Ellis
Helen Logan
Story byPamela Harris
Produced by Kenneth Macgowan
Starring Alice Faye
Betty Grable
Jack Oakie
John Payne
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Walter A. Thompson
Music by Alfred Newman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • November 29, 1940 (1940-11-29)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,645,000 (rentals) [1]

Tin Pan Alley is a 1940 musical film directed by Walter Lang and starring Alice Faye and Betty Grable (their only film together [2] ) as vaudeville singers/sisters and John Payne and Jack Oakie as songwriters in the years before World War I.


Alfred Newman received the 1940 Academy Award for Best Musical Score for his work on the film, the second of his nine Oscars. The film was also nominated for American Film Institute's 2006 list of the AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals. [3]


Katie and Lily Blaine are a singing-sister act playing the vaudeville circuit. Songwriters Skeets Harrigan and Harry Calhoun see star potential in the sister act.



Betty Grable in the film. Betty Grable (1543678343).jpg
Betty Grable in the film.

Before filming began, there was said to be a feud between Faye and Grable, although the two actresses had never met. On the first day of production, the actresses quickly got along and became lifelong friends.

Tyrone Power and Don Ameche were considered for the leading roles, but scheduling conflicts took them out of the running.

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  1. "All-time Film Rental Champs". Variety . October 15, 1990.
  2. Green, Stanley (1999) Hollywood Musicals Year by Year (2nd ed.), pub. Hal Leonard Corporation ISBN   0-634-00765-3 page 100
  3. "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13.