Earl Carroll Vanities (1945): Musical Starring Constance Moore

Joseph Santley’s mediocre musical stars Constance Moore as European royalty down on her luck, who gets a job in a cabaret.

 

The supporting cast is more colorful, including Eve Arden (the same year she appeared in Mildred Pierce”) and Pinky Lee, but the plot and production numbers leave much to be desired.  The title, of course, refers to the Carroll musical revues of the 1930s, which along with the Zigefeld Follies were quite popular.

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

 

Song: “Endlessly” music by Walter Kent, lyrics by Kim Gannon

 

Oscar Awards: None

 

Oscar Context

 

The winner of the Song Oscar was “It Might As Well Be Spring,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, from “State Fair,” a remake of the 1933 film.  In 1845, the Song category consisted of 14 nominees, before it was pared down to the standard five.