Tin Pan Alley (film)

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

Tin Pan Alley
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalter Lang
Produced byKenneth Macgowan
Written byPamela Harris (story)
Robert Ellis
Helen Logan
StarringAlice Faye
Betty Grable
Jack Oakie
John Payne
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited byWalter A. Thompson
Distributed by20th-Century Fox
Release date
  • November 29, 1940 (1940-11-29)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[1]


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.



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.


  1. "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13.

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