Delightfully Dangerous


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Delightfully Dangerous is a 1945 American musical film directed by Arthur Lubin showcasing teenage singer Jane Powell—in her second film on loan out to United Artists from MGM—and orchestra leader Morton Gould. The working titles of this film were Cinderella Goes to War, Reaching for the Stars and High Among the Stars. It was Frank Tashlin's first writing credit on a live action feature film.

Plot summary

High school music student Sherry Williams is excited that her actress sister Jo has taken time off from her New York stage career to visit Sherry's school to see her perform in a musical play. Jo is about to step off the train when she hears that a famed Broadway show producer, Arthur Hale, is also stepping off the same train, leading Jo to depart from the other side of the train and make her own way to Sherry's play.
Arthur also is attending Sherry's school play. He overhears one of the older girls ridiculing Sherry's claim that her sister is a stage singer; the girl doubts that Sherry's sister even exists. Arthur comes to the rescue by praising Jo's performances on stage. Arthur, who is casting a new play, appreciates Sherry's voice but believes she is too young to appear on Broadway.
Jo, Sherry, and Arthur meet after the play but no one is the wiser as to the reasons for Jo's mysterious entrance. Jo also turns down an offer to audition for Arthur's play.
On a trip to New York with her schoolfriend, Sherry rings Jo's hotel where the clerk tells her she is performing in one of the theatres on 42nd Street. Sherry discovers that Jo is not a Broadway star, but a leading burlesque performer. Initially broken hearted, Sherry schemes that if she dresses to look older she will win the part in Arthur's show and support Jo so she leaves burlesque. Arthur can not believe she can pass for over 18 but a score of servicemen at a nightclub prove Arthur wrong.


  • Jane Powell as Sherry Williams
  • Ralph Bellamy as Arthur Hale
  • Constance Moore as Josephine 'Jo' Williams / Bubbles Barton
  • Morton Gould as Himself - Bandleader
  • Arthur Treacher as Jeffers, Hale's Butler
  • Louise Beavers as Hannah, Jo's Maid
  • Ruth Tobey as Molly Bradley, Sherry's Roommate


  • Constance Moore - "I'm Only Teasin'" (Music by Morton Gould, lyrics by Edward Heyman)
  • Jane Powell - "Once Upon A Song" (Music by Morton Gould, lyrics by Edward Heyman)
  • Chorus at the burlesque house - "Adirondack Mama"
  • Jane Powell - "Through Your Eyes ... To Your Heart" (Music by Morton Gould, lyrics by Edward Heyman)
  • Jane Powell and Morton Gould's Orchestra led by Morton Gould - "In A Shower Of Stars" (Music by Morton Gould, lyrics by Edward Heyman)
  • "Mr. Strauss Goes to Town" (medley of waltzes) (Written by Johann Strauß, new lyrics by Edward Heyman)


Category:1945 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:United Artists films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1940s musical films
Charles R. Rogers

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