The New Pictures, May 14, 1945

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Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (20th Century-Fox) generally hits the dirt short of the peg; but it clangs out ringers whenever Betty Grable is pitching. It is the loudest and most energetic Grable vehicle in some time. As the Horseshoe's fastest filly, Miss Grable socks out A Nickel's Worth of Jive, dreams of mink coats in the manner of not-quite-a-lady in the dark, misleads and falls in love with young Dr. Dick Haymes, and demonstrates the fact that motherhood's extra pound or so of flesh can improve even the screen's most unimprovable body. Radio's wry, rough Beatrice Kay and bland, smooth Phil Silvers contribute some likable comedy; William Gaxton's performance, as Dr. Haymes's worried father, is a fine, quiet piece of backstage sentimentalism. The big production numbers (hung mainly on the idea that Gaxton, as Ze Chef, marshalls forth young women dressed to represent condiments and fancy desserts) are heavy, garish, good-humored and preposterous.

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