You Can't Have Everything

You Can't Have Everything is a 1937 Fox musical film directed by Norman Taurog and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. The film stars Alice Faye and Don Ameche, and was the film debut for Gypsy Rose Lee credited as Louise Hovick part of her birth name.

You Can't Have Everything
Theatrical Poster
Directed byNorman Taurog
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Written byStory:
Gregory Ratoff
Harry Tugend
Karl Tunberg
Jack Yellen
StarringAlice Faye
Don Ameche
Music byMack Gordon
CinematographyLucien N. Andriot
Edited byHanson T. Fritch
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
August 3, 1937
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States


Judith Poe Wells (Alice Faye) is a would-be playwright who has almost no money. As a result of ordering a meal in a restaurant where she cannot afford to pay, she meets George Macrae (Don Ameche), a musical writer with a lot of power. He offers her play North Winds to producer Sam Woods. He knows it isn't any good, but he has fallen in love with her and does it to win her over.



  • You Can't Have Everything
  • Chopsticks
    • Performed by The Ritz Brothers
  • Danse Rubinoff
  • Long Underwear
    • Sung and danced by The Ritz Brothers and chorus
  • The Loveliness of You
  • Afraid to Dream
    • Sung by Don Ameche; reprised by Alice Faye, Tony Martin, chorus
  • Please Pardon Us - We're in Love
    • Sung by Alice Faye; reprised by her, Don Ameche, Charles Winninger, The Ritz Brothers
  • Rhythm on the Radio
  • North Pole Sketch
    • Performed by The Ritz Brothers, Tony Martin, others
Other releases

Doris Day recorded the title track "You Can't Have Everything" by M. Gordon, H. Revel in 1960, along with "A Hundred Years From Today" by J. Young, N. Washington, V. Young, and "What Every Girl Should Know" by R. Wells, D. Holt and "Mood Indigo" by D. Ellington, I. Mills, A. Bigard

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