13 April 2019 | AlsExGal
A star is born...
.. but Warner Brothers didn't recognize her! How ironic since they own the "A Star is Born" franchise now. This is a Broadway Brevity that has a thinly devised plot to showcase some musical talent. In this case that talent is Hal Le Roy. Warner Bros. gave him his own starring venue in 1934's "Harold Teen", but he didn't really have any compelling screen presence as an actor. So from that point until they released him, Hal made appearances in WB musical shorts as an eccentric dancer with his "rubber legs" style of dancing.
In this short it is "The Sign Painter's Ball" in which a 20 year old June Allyson plays Hal's date that is the excuse for the musical merriment. Yes, THAT June Allyson. Who wound up at MGM as not one of their biggest stars maybe, but a star nonetheless. And WB just let her go. The climax of this film are awards being handed out to "models of the year" - people who modeled for the signs that were painted by said sign painters. Sir Gallahad - painted on a sign across from her rented room - has been somebody on whom June Allyson has a crush, but when he reveals himself from inside his suit of armor, Allyson has a surprise in store.
Worth the watch just to see some early June Allyson, and the music is catchy too.