Approved | | Drama, Music, Musical
This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.
As Alexander's Ragtime Band becomes very successful in San Francisco they are shown performing at one of the most coveted musical gigs in the city, an establishment called The Cliff House. The Cliff House is an actual restaurant in San Francisco, and it is still in business in the 21st century under the same name. There have been three versions of The Cliff House. The first was a modest structure built in 1863, and was very successful, offering fine dining with splendid views. The establishment was damaged in a shipping accident in 1887, but continued to operate until it burned to the ground on Christmas Day, 1894. It was rebuilt in 1896 in grandiose style, boasting eight stories, four spires, and an observation tower 200 feet above sea level. Unfortunately, this most resplendent version of the restaurant - after surviving the 1906 earthquake - burnt to the foundations in 1907. The establishment was again rebuilt and opened in 1909 with a neoclassical design. The famous exterior was shown in Alexander's Ragtime Band, and the establishment maintains the same neoclassical design into the 21st century.
"She started the heat wave / By letting her feet wave"
An on-location establishing shot shows the Cliff House, a famous San Francisco restaurant, sitting on a cliff overlooking Ocean Beach. A 1930's model car drives by in the foreground. However, this scene takes place before World War I in the movie, so the car is about 25 years too early.
The music that Tyrone Power "conducts" during the film's opening credits is the song "Marching Along With Time", which was ultimately cut from the film. The song, however, as sung by Ethel Merman, has survived as an outtake and can be seen as an extra feature on the DVD.