22 November 2018 | HotToastyRag
A singing cab driver!
Did you ever see Bachelor Mother, the 1939 comedy that deals with the mix-up of a little baby? Well, East Side of Heaven isn't as cute or funny, but it is cute and funny in its own right, so give it a try if you want something light and sweet in the afternoon.
Bing Crosby delivers singing telegrams, but when he upsets a bigwig, C. Aubrey Smith, he gets fired. Joan Blondell, his telephone operator girlfriend who's constantly pursued by radio man Jerome Cowan, is devoted and sweet to Bing, even when he's unemployed and struggling to pay his bills. Luck quickly comes his way, because he gets the coolest job as a singing taxi driver! The cab company has only one driver who serenades his fares, and each time you're lucky enough to get him, you also get a free ride. That way, people will always want to hail that company's cabs for the chance to hear Bing! Isn't that genius?
For that reason alone, this movie is worth seeing. Every cab company should do that! The rest of the movie is pretty cute, and the fast paced story doesn't drag. Mischa Auer plays Bing's silly roommate, and while I would have preferred Felix Bressart, some of Mischa's lines are funny anyway. Bing and Joan are adorable, the plot is intriguing, and with the exception to one lengthy number, the songs are cute. And if you like babies, this one is extremely well-behaved and well-trained. Check it out!