The Canary Comes Across (1938)

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A prisoner with a good singing voice escapes, only to grow jealous when an opera singer who looks like him is delivered back to the prison and receives attention, especially from Ann, the warden's daughter who leads the prison glee club.


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9 May 2013 | Michael_Elliott
Pretty Bland Short
The Canary Comes Across (1938)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Rather two-reeler about a warden's daughter (Virginia Grey) who just happens to be leading a group of prisoners in a singing contest, which will eventually be on the radio. Before all of this the best singer, a convict known as The Canary (Erik Rhodes) escapes and now the contest is up in the air. However, another prisoner plans to have an innocent man (Rhodes) arrested and take The Canary's place, which will then cause him to get jealous and want to come back to the prison. Yeah, a real good story we have here. I really thought this MGM short was pretty poor all around. This includes the musical numbers which were all quite forgettable and even sillier was the love story that takes up a majority of the running time. The warden's daughter and the fake convict strike up this relationship and it's just not believable. Now I know this type of film isn't all about "story" but when there's no music and no story there's just not much going on. Rhodes just can't carry the picture but Grey is the only saving grace here. It's too bad she wasn't given more to work with.

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