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Sensations of 1945 (aka Sensations)
" The Film Parade of the Year!"

               Synopsis: Leggy Eleanor Powell is a conniving talent promoter in the stable of flamboyant publicist Gus Crane, whose wild and crazy promotions became legendary. Crane's strait-laced son 'Junior' doesn't want to be like his dad in the business, but when Junior (O'Keefe) takes over the business, he finds himself inadvertently filling the father's shoes. Will Powell fall for Junior? This is W.C Fields last film. Nominated for Oscar.

               * This film is packed with specialty dance numbers and vaudeville type acts and Eleanor Powell. Contains Powell's

now-famous Tap dance routine where she Tap dances her way inside a giant Pinball Machine to the accompaniment of Woody Herman's music. Also Circus Acts, a dancing horse, Juggling by the Johnson brothers, plus an amazing High-Wire act by Hubert Castle. Oh Yes, and some really tight Jitterbug dancing of course with Dean Collins and Jewel McGowen, Irene Thomas and others, some of the best I've seen in many clips.
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1944 United Artist's Andrew L. Stone


Country Made:



81 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Musical / Romance
Eleanor Powell Tap Dance, Swing Very Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Betty Phares David Lichine (Choreographer) C. Aubrey Smith (Dan Lindsay)
Dancing Horse Mahlon Merrick (Musical Director) Dennis O'Keefe (Junior Crane) 
David Lichine   Dorothy Donegan (Herself)
Eleanor Powell   Eddy Chandler (Police Officer)
Dean Collins   Eleanor Powell (Virginia 'Ginny' Walker) 
Jewel McGowen   Eugene Pallette (Gus Crane)
Johnny & Jenny Duncan
  Hubert Castle (Olaf, The Great Gustafson)
Irene Thomas   Jack Chefe (Nightclub Maitre d')
    Lyle Talbot (Randall)
    Marie Blake (Miss Grear)
    Mel Hall (Unicyclist)
    Mimi Forsythe (Julia Westcolt)
    Ruth Lee (Mrs. Gustafson)
    Stanley Andrews (Mr. Collins)
    The Christianis (Themselves)
    The Copelands (Themselves)
    The Pallenberg Bears
    W.C. Fields (Himself)

Dances performed in this film   

Special Dance Interest

Jitterbug n/a n/a Jitterbug
Tap Dance     Powell's Pinball Dance Routine
      Calloway's Hep-Cat Dictionary

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

We're The Cats To Hep Ya' Cab Calloway n/a
  Dorothy Donegen on Piano    
  Les Paul (Trio)    
  Sammy Kaye and his band    
  Sophie Tucker    
  Woody Herman and his band    

Stage versions of the film

Cast Recording(s) / Soundtracks

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December 22, 2012

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