Dreaming Out Loud (1940)

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“Dreaming Out Loud” is a musical comedy film released in 1940 and directed by Harold Young. The film stars Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, and Jack Oakie.

The story follows Jimmy (Dick Powell), a struggling musician who dreams of making it big in show business. Despite his talent, Jimmy can’t seem to catch a break, until he meets a young singer named Sally (Linda Darnell) who believes in his abilities and helps him land a gig at a nightclub.

With Sally’s support, Jimmy begins to gain fame and success, but he soon finds himself caught up in a love triangle with Sally and her manager, Marty (Jack Oakie). As Jimmy’s career takes off, he must navigate the challenges of the music industry and balance his professional ambitions with his personal relationships.

Along the way, the film features several musical numbers, including performances by Dick Powell and Linda Darnell. The film’s standout number is “I’ll Never Let a Day Pass By,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

In the end, Jimmy realizes that his love for Sally is more important than his career and they reconcile. Marty, who has been manipulating Sally for his own gain, is exposed and the couple is free to pursue their love and their dreams.

Overall, “Dreaming Out Loud” is a lighthearted musical comedy that showcases the talents of its leading actors and features several memorable musical numbers. The film’s message of following one’s dreams and prioritizing personal relationships over professional success is a timeless one that still resonates with audiences today.

Harold Young

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