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My Gal Sal Details


A pregnant Alice Faye was forced to bow out of this colorful Fox musical, which instead went to Rita Hayworth, whom the studio borrowed from Columbia. Hayworth plays the highly fictitious Sally Elliott of the title, a musical star teaming up with Indiana boy Paul Dresser (Victor Mature), a runaway who after a brief stopover in a tank town medicine show arrives in Gay Nineties New York full of verve and vigor. There he composes the title tune for the fair lady and becomes the toast of Tin Pan Alley. There are the obligatory bumps on the road along the way, of course, but everything ends, as any Fox musical should, with a grand and glorious finale. Although Fox publicity claimed that My Gal Sal was based on a My Brother Paul, a biography by the composer's brother, Theodore Dreiser, it was actually concocted from an unpublished manuscript by Dreiser and his wife Helen Richardson. The film earned Oscars™ for art and set decoration and included such Dresser songs as "On the Banks of the Wabash", "I'se Your Honey, If You Wants Me, Liza", "Come Tell Me What's Your Answer (Yes or No)" and "Mr. Volunteer. House songwriters Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger contributed "Me and My Fella" and "On the Great White Way. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Day Best Color Art Direction 1942 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Newman Best Score - Musical 1942 Nominee


Rita Hayworth
as Sally Elliott
Victor Mature
as Paul Dresser
Carole Landis
as Mae Collins
John Sutton
as Fred Haviland
Phil Silvers
as Wiley
James Gleason
as Pat Hawley
Walter Catlett
as Col. Truckee
Mona Maris
as Countess Rossini
Frank Orth
as McGuinness
Stanley Andrews
as Mr. Dreiser
Libby Taylor
as Ida
John Kelly
as John L. Sullivan
Curt Bois
as Monsieur De Rochemont
Hermes Pan
as Dancing Partner
Gregory Gaye
as Monsieur Garnier
Andrew Tombes
as Corbin
Albert Conti
as Henri
Charles Arnt
as Tailor
Clarence G. Badger
Rosina Galli
as Maid
Terry Moore
as Carrie Dreiser
Chief Thundercloud
as Murphy
Ted North
as Sally's Friend
Iron Eyes Cody
as Indian
Billy Wayne
as Delivery Man
Milt Kibbee
as Man
Frank Ferguson
as Loud Customer
Gene Ramey
as Quartet
Robert Lowery
as Sally's Friend
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
George Melford
as Conductor
John Miller
as Man
Ernie S. Adams
as Man
Eddy Waller
as Buggy Driver
Cyril Ring
as Man
Billy Curtis
as Midget Driver
Harry Strang
as Bartender
Paul E. Burns
as Ferris Wheel Operator
Joe Downing
as Slip
Charles Tannen
as Hotel Clerk


Irving Cummings
Robert Bassler
Seton Miller
Darrell Ware
Theodore Dreiser
Book Author
Karl Tunberg
Ernest Palmer
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Rainger
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Day
Production Designer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred Bruzlin
Sound/Sound Designer
Val Raset
Hermes Pan