The  John Payne Collection

The Dolly Sisters
    Starring: John Payne, June Haver & Betty Grable

In 1904, Uncle Latsie comes to New York from Hungary with two little nieces, who immediately take to cafe dancing. In 1912 they're still at it, but to pay Uncle's card debts they decide to go into vaudeville. Singer Harry Fox, whom they meet en route, schemes to get them an audition with the great Hammerstein; but their resulting success takes them far out of Harry's league. Lots of songs with a little story.

Footlight Serenade
    Starring: John Payne, Betty Grable, Victor Mature,
            Jane Wyman, James Gleason & Phil Silvers

Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout.

The Great American Broadcast
    Starring: John Payne, Cesar Romero, Alice Faye
                        & Jack Benny

After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together.

Hello Frisco Hello
    Starring: John Payne, Alice Faye, Jack Oakie
                    &
Ward Bond

Set in San Francisco's Barbary Coast this 1943 romantic musical features a love triangle in which Faye is a singer hired by boorish saloon owner Payne. She develops a crush on him but he's interested in a society girl

Maryland
    Starring: John Payne, Walter Brennan & Brenda Joyce


When a widow, tormented by the hunting death of her husband, she forbids her son to have anything to do with horses. But when her son falls for the daughter of his father's trainer, he defies his mother by entering the annual Maryland Hunt.


Raiders of The Seven Seas
    Starring: John Payne, Donna Reed, Gerald Mohr
                    & Lon Chaney Jr


Barbaroosa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida. He has fallen in love with her by the time he arranges for her ransom by the officer who was to marry her. Exposing her intended as a coward and a liar, he goes to ask for her hand but she has escaped, and Barbaroosa thinks she is the one who killed his aide, Peg-Leg.

Remember the Day
    Starring: John Payne & Claudette Colbert

Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him as her student back in 1916 and his relation to Dan Hopkins, the man she married and lost.

Santa Fe Passage
    Starring: John Payne, Faith Domergue, Rod Cameron
                     
& Slim Pickens

A disgraced scout guides a wagon train through hostile Kiowa country to Santa Fe and overcomes his prejudice towards Indians and accepts the love of a half-breed woman. Kirby Randolph is blamed for abandoning a wagon train that was later massacred but redeems himself as he saves another train from a stampede of wild ponies and Kiowa chief Satank's warriors, battling them at every bend in the trail. Randolph even gets a measure of personal revenge against the chief by partially scalping and disfiguring him in front of his tribesmen. There is the usual love triangle between Randolph, Jess Griswold and pretty brunette Aurelie St. Clair, but Randolph wins the maiden's hand at the finish. Utah's landscape nearly steals the film because of the beautiful vistas and high skies that mirror an artist's canvas. The pony stampede through a canyon is very effective and displays the beauty of the Wild West with the wagon train in harm's way.

Sentimental Journey
    Starring: John Payne, Maureen O’Hara & William Bendix

An actress becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming. Julie soon finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live. She decides to adopt the child so that her husband Bill will not be alone when she dies. Unfortunately, Bill is not charmed by Hitty. After Julie dies. Bill is so grief stricken, he shuts out everyone in his life, especially Hitty. Hitty begins to receive imaginary visits from Julie who offers Hitty advice on how to make Bill happy. Bill does not believe she's seen Julie and decides to send her back to the orphanage. Rather than go back, Hitty runs away. After Bill hears a record Julie recorded before she died, he finally realizes he must move on with his life and find Hitty.

Springtime In The Rockies
    Starring: John Payne, Betty Grable, Cesar Romero
                    & Carmen Miranda

Broadway partners Vicky Lane and Dan Christy have a tiff over Christy's womanizing. Jealous Vicky takes up with her old flame and former dance partner, Victor Price, and Dan's career takes a nosedive. In hopes of rekindling their romance and getting Vicky back on the boards with him, Dan follows her to a ritzy resort in the Canadian Rockies, where she and Victor are about to open their new act. But things get complicated when Dan wakes after a bender to find that he's hired an outlandish Latin secretary, Rosita Murphy, which makes Vicky think he's just up to his old tricks again.

Star Dust
    Starring: John Payne, Linda Darnell, Roland Young
                         & George Montgomery

Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to become a star. Based partly on Darnell’s' early experiences in Hollywood. Wharton is a parody of Zanuck.

Tin Pan Alley
    Starring: John Payne, Alice Faye, Betty Grable
                      & Jack Oakie


In 1915, Calhoun and Harrigan are struggling songwriters who team up with vocal talents Katie and Lily Blane. With the Blanes singing their songs, the writers become more prosperous and famous. Harrigan and Katie Blane become romantically involved and he writes "America, I Love You" which he promises she can introduce to the world. When the world-famous Nora Bayes asks to sing Katie's song, Harrigan cannot refuse. Upset at the broken promise, Katie leaves for London along with her sister. As their prosperity fades without the singers, the two men enlist in World War I and run into the sisters in England.



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