You can't help comparing this musical (from a play that opened in Vienna and was based in that city) to GRAND HOTEL because of the number of characters, plots, and subplots. It didn't make it on Broadway when Jolson played it on the roof of the 44th Street Theater, but the screen version
fared better. Jolson is the owner of and singer in his own nightspot. His star attraction is Del Rio and both he and band singer Powell are in love with her, but she is moon-eyed over Cortez, her partner in dancing. Tourist Kibbee is married to Donnelly and his pal Herbert is wed to Fazenda. That
doesn't stop these aging butter-and-egg men from flirting with D'Orsay and Kennedy, tw...