|I'll Get By|
|Directed by||Richard Sale|
|Produced by||William Perlberg|
|Screenplay by||Mary Loos|
|Story by||Robert Ellis|
|Music by||Lionel Newman|
|Cinematography||Charles G. Clarke|
|Edited by||J. Watson Webb Jr.|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$2,450,000 (US rentals)|
This story follows themes explored in 1940's Tin Pan Alley, with updated characters and music. The plot revolves around songwriters and their struggles in the music industry.
Song plugger Bill Spencer runs into Liza Martin, literally. He slams a door into her accidentally while rushing to bring a new recording to Peter Pepper, an influential New York disc jockey. The record breaks.
After he is fired, Bill opens his own music publishing business. He hires a secretary, Miss Murphy, and gains a partner in Freddy Lee, a young man from Texas, with whom he peddles a song that piano player Chester Dooley has written. They hear the singer Terry Martin is performing with trumpeter Harry James at a club, so they go there to pitch the song to her. Terry's sister is also in the act; she is Liza, the girl Bill once awkwardly met.
Freddy annoys Terry but the girls like the song, "I'll Get By," and agree to record it. Before long, it and they become huge successes. But, before a benefit in Hollywood, when the actress Jeanne Crain asks to perform the song, Bill says no because he promised it to Liza, but behind his back, Freddy agrees to let the actress have it. A furious Liza leaves Bill and refuses to listen to his attempts to explain.
The boys are drafted into the Marines, and when they report to a San Diego base, they run into Miss Murphy, who is now stationed there as an officer. After the boys ship out for duty, Miss Murphy goes out of her way to explain to Liza and Terry what happened with the song. The girls go on a USO show tour to the South Pacific where the guys have been sent, and all are reunited.
- June Haver as Liza Martin
- William Lundigan as William Spencer
- Gloria DeHaven as Terry Martin
- Dennis Day as Freddy Lee
- Thelma Ritter as Miss Murphy
- Harry James as Harry James (himself)
- Jeanne Crain as Jeanne Crain (herself)
- Steve Allen as Peter Pepper
- Harry Antrim as Mr. Olinville
- Danny Davenport as Chester Dooley
- Dan Dailey as Pvt. Dan Dailey (himself)
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951
- Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 223