Tin Pan Alley (1940)


Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited when the boys, now in the army, show up in England.
IMDb  6.4 /10
Director Walter Lang
Writer Robert Ellis
Writer Helen Logan
Writer Pamela Harris
Release Date1940-11-29
Runtime1h 34mins
GenreDrama, Musical, Romance
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
AwardsWon 1 Oscar.
CompanyTwentieth Century Fox
Katie Blane
Harry Calhoun
Skeets Harrigan
Reggie Carstair
Harvey Raymond
Lillian Porter
Lillian Porter
Telephone Operator
Princess Vanessa Ammon
Princess Vanessa Ammon
The Brian Sisters
The Brian Sisters
Specialty (as Brian Sisters)

Tin Pan Alley (film)

Tin Pan Alley is a 1940 musical film directed by Walter Lang and starring Alice Faye and Betty Grable (their only film together) as vaudeville singers/sisters and John Payne and Jack Oakie as songwriters in the years before World War I.

Alfred Newman received the 1940 Academy Award for Best Musical Score for his work on the film, the first of his nine Oscars. The film was also nominated for American Film Institute's 2006 list of the AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals.


Katie and Lily Blaine are a singing-sister act playing the vaudeville circuit. Songwriters Skeets Harrigan and Harry Calhoun see star potential in the sister act.


  • Alice Faye as Katie Blane
  • Betty Grable as Lily Blane
  • Jack Oakie as Harry Calhoun
  • John Payne as Francis 'Skeets' Harrigan
  • Allen Jenkins as Casey
  • Esther Ralston as Nora Bayes
  • Fayard Nicholas as Dance Specialty
  • Harold Nicholas as Dance Specialty
  • Ben Carter as Boy
  • John Loder as Captain Reginald 'Reggie' Carstair
  • Elisha Cook Jr. as Joe Codd
  • Fred Keating as Harvey Raymond


Before filming began, there was said to be a feud between Faye and Grable, although the two actresses had never met. On the first day of production, the actresses quickly got along and became lifelong friends.

Tyrone Power and Don Ameche were considered for the leading roles, but scheduling conflicts took them out of the running.