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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (film)

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Director  David Butler
Genre  Musical
Country  United States
5.8/10 IMDb

Cinematography  Wilfred M. Cline
Language  English
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Release date  October 10, 1951 (1951-10-10)
Writer  Harry Clork (screenplay), Roland Kibbee (screenplay), Peter Milne (screenplay), Avery Hopwood (play)
Cast  Virginia Mayo (Carol), Lucille Norman (Abby), Virginia Gibson (June), Dennis Morgan (Vince), Gene Nelson (Ted), Tom Conway (Bennington)
Similar movies  Related David Butler movies

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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine is the title of a Technicolor musical film released in 1951, directed by David Butler and starring Dennis Morgan and Virginia Mayo (singing voice was dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams). The film is a musical adaptation of the 1919 play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood. It is the fourth film adaptation of the play, after The Gold Diggers (1923), Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) and Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). The film features two songs from Gold Diggers of Broadway: the title song and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"; as well as a song from Gold Diggers of 1933, "We're in the Money".


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Plot summary

Three smart Las Vegas theatrical girls decide to look for husbands; - Carol, (Virginia Mayo), who thinks a millionaire would be good, Abby (Lucille Norman), who is in love with baritone Vince Nichols (Dennis Morgan), but is perturbed because he gambles, and June (Virginia Gibson), who has a crush on Ted Lansing, a dancer, (Gene Nelson). Ted, however, is in love with Abby.


  • Dennis Morgan as Vince Nichols
  • Virginia Mayo as Carol
  • Gene Nelson as Thedore (Ted) Lansing
  • Lucille Norman as Abby
  • S.Z. Sakall as Felix 'Uncle Felix' Hoff
  • Virginia Gibson as June
  • Tom Conway as Bennington Lansing aka Uncle Benny
  • Wallace Ford as Sam Parks
  • Songs

  • "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine" and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips", music and lyrics by Joe Burke and Al Dubin
  • Sung by Dennis Morgan and Lucille Norman
  • "Man Is a Necessary Evil" and "The Mambo Man", music by Sonny Burke, lyrics by Jack Elliott
  • "Vienna Dreams, music by Rudolf Sieczynski, lyrics by Irving Caesar
  • "We're in the Money", music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
  • "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", music and lyrics by Ernest R. Ball, Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.
  • "With a Song in My Heart", music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart
  • "The Birth of the Blues", music and lyrics by Ray Henderson, B. G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
  • "You're My Everything", music and lyrics by Harry Warren, Mort Dixon and Joe Young
  • "Jalousie 'Tango Tzigane'", music and lyrics by Jacob Gade and Vera Bloom
  • "I Like the Mountain Music", music and lyrics by Frank Weldon and James Cavanaugh
  • Criticism

    "Laborious plot, conventional climax - but good dances and leg-art."


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