Tin Pan Alley (film)

Tin Pan Alley

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Walter Lang
Produced by Kenneth Macgowan
Written by Pamela Harris (story)
Robert Ellis
Helen Logan
Starring Alice Faye
Betty Grable
Jack Oakie
John Payne
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Walter A. Thompson
Distributed by 20th-Century Fox
Release dates
  • November 29, 1940 (1940-11-29)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tin Pan Alley is a 1940 musical film 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.

Alfred Newman received the 1940 Academy Award for his work on the film. This was his first of nine Oscars.



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 got along quickly and became lifelong friends. A similar incident was reported to have happened with Grable and Marilyn Monroe while filming How to Marry a Millionaire. Like the earlier incident, the two actresses got along and became friends.

Tyrone Power and Don Ameche were considered to play the leading roles in the film. Scheduling conflicts took them out of the running and the roles went to Payne and Oakie.

This film was featured in the M*A*S*H TV episode "Alcoholics Unanimous".

In the opening sequence many old time songs can be heard, but once the title card comes on, it is "The Darktown Strutters Ball" that you hear, interwoven with "you say the sweetest things (baby)".


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


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

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