GenreMusical ProducerGeorge Jessel Duration CountryUnited States
CastBetty Grable (Bonny Kane), Dan Dailey ("Skid" Johnson), Jack Oakie, June Havoc, Richard Arlen, James Gleason WriterLamar Trotti, Arthur Hopkins Release dateDecember 10, 1948 (1948-12-10) Similar moviesRelated Walter Lang movies
Betty grable songs from when my baby smiles at me
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) is a musical film released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and starring Betty Grable and Dan Dailey. This is the third film based on the popular Broadway play Burlesque, the others being The Dance of Life (1929) and Swing High, Swing Low (1937). When My Baby Smiles at Me is the first (and to date, the only) full Technicolor film version of that play; The Dance of Life had several Technicolor sequences, but they are no longer extant.
Dan Dailey received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance, but lost to Laurence Olivier for Hamlet.
Bonny Kane and 'Skid' Johnson are vaudeville performers in the 1920s. The two of them suffer marital difficulties when Skid gets an offer to appear on Broadway while Bonny gets left behind on the road. Things get worse with Skid's increasing drinking problem and the fact that the press has reported him to be spending a lot of time with his pretty co-star.
Betty Grable as Bonny Kane
Dan Dailey as 'Skid' Johnson
Jack Oakie as Bozo Evans
June Havoc as Gussie Evans
Richard Arlen as Harvey Howell
James Gleason as Lefty Moore
When My Baby Smiles at Me was 20th Century Fox's highest grossing film of 1948. Grable had been reigning the box office since the beginning of the 1940s and scored her biggest triumph with Mother Wore Tights the previous year. Dailey received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in this film, while Grable did not. In fact many thought she should have at least received an Oscar nomination for Mother Wore Tights.
When My Baby Smiles at Me was presented on Screen Directors Playhouse May 5, 1950, with Grable reprising her role from the motion picture.