My favorite Nancy Carroll movie

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

"Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round," a 1934 production by Edward Small for United Artists, starred Gene Raymond, Nancy Carroll and Jack Benny in a nicely genre-bending movie, a musical murder mystery set on an ocean liner. It contains an elaborate swimming-pool number obviously ripped off from Busby Berkeley's "By a Waterfall" from "Footlight Parade," features child star Mitzi Green doing a bizarre and hilarious impression of George Arliss, and includes the Boswell Sisters singing two songs,"Rock and Roll" (reportedly the first time those words were used in a movie to describe music) and "If I Had a Million Dollars." Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available either on DVD or download anywhere.

Posted on Dec 1, 2017, 9:50 PM

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