Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (film)

Painting the Clouds with Sunshine is the title of a Technicolor musical film released in 1951, directed by David Butler and starring Dennis Morgan and Virginia Mayo (singing voice was dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams). The film is a musical adaptation of the 1919 play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood. It is the fourth film adaptation of the play, after The Gold Diggers (1923), Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) and Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). The film features two songs from Gold Diggers of Broadway: the title song and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"; as well as a song from Gold Diggers of 1933, "We're in the Money".

Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
Directed byDavid Butler
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Written byHarry Clork
Roland Kibbee
Peter Milne
Avery Hopwood (Play)
StarringDennis Morgan
Virginia Mayo
Gene Nelson
Music byHoward Jackson (uncredited)
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline
Edited byIrene Morra
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • October 10, 1951 (1951-10-10)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.8 million (US rentals)[1]

Plot summary

Three smart Las Vegas theatrical girls decide to look for husbands; - Carol, (Virginia Mayo), who thinks a millionaire would be good, Abby (Lucille Norman), who is in love with baritone Vince Nichols (Dennis Morgan), but is perturbed because he gambles, and June (Virginia Gibson), who has a crush on Ted Lansing, a dancer, (Gene Nelson). Ted, however, is in love with Abby.[2]




"Laborious plot, conventional climax - but good dances and leg-art."[4]


  1. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. Picturegoer, 19 January 1952, p.14
  4. Picturegoer, January 19, 1952
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