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Release Date:
14 November 1931 (USA) See more »
An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bert Lahr ... Rusty
Charlotte Greenwood ... Pansy

Pat O'Brien ... Sport
Kathryn Crawford ... Eileen

Charles Winninger ... Doctor Brown

Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Smith

Guy Kibbee ... Mr. Smith
Herbert Braggiotti ... Gordon
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra (as Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gus Arnheim ... Himself - the Orchestra Leader
Loretta Andrews ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edna Callahan ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Richard Carle ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Aviator with the Jokester (uncredited)
Mary Dees ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Miss Dixon / Dancer (uncredited)
James Durkin ... Mr. Rankin - Detective (uncredited)

Ruth Eddings ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Amo Ingraham ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Jokester with Firecrackers (uncredited)
Donald Novis ... Young Man (uncredited)

Dave O'Brien ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Reporter from the News (uncredited)
Nita Pike ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Herbert Prior ... Angry Investor with Eyeglasses (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Aviator (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Lunch Counter Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Reisner  (as Charles F. Reisner)
Writing credits
Buddy G. DeSylva (book and lyrics by) (as George G. De Sylva) &
Lew Brown (book and lyrics by) &
Ray Henderson (book and lyrics by) and
John McGowan (book and lyrics by) (as John Mc Gowan)

Charles Reisner (adaptation) (as Charles F. Riesner)

A.P. Younger (screen play and dialogue)

Robert E. Hopkins (additional dialogue)

Produced by
George White .... producer
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad (photography)
Film Editing by
William S. Gray (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy Roth .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Ralph Shugart .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Dorothy Fields .... composer: additional songs and music
Jimmy McHugh .... composer: additional songs and music
William Axt .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... dances created by
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Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

There was considerable pressure from the Hays Office to remove the examination scene from the movie, but MGM held firm, claiming they paid $100,000 for the rights to the play just for that particular scene. Eventually some aspects of that scene was removed when some exhibitors rejected the film. The TCM print contains the scene, but it may be the abbreviated version.See more »
Pansy:I'm going up to a lumber camp and marry a chef.
Sport:What? You're going to a lumber camp? And get yourself all full of splinters?
Pansy:Well if I do I can always get myself a woodpecker.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Lahr At His Wildest, 6 December 2001
Author: lzf0 from United States

This was Lahr's first starring feature film. It is based on his stage hit of the same name. He is completely over the top. This wild stage persona can also be seen in his shorts for Educational, but by the time he made "The Wizard of Oz", he had begun to calm down. Charlotte Greenwood plays the role originally done by Kate Smith on Broadway. She and Lahr make a fine combination. This film includes a doctor's office sketch which is quite risqué and is of questionable taste. Lahr keeps the film from being boring, but his energy can become very tiring. The De Sylva, Brown and Henderson musical numbers from the original show have been deleted, but there are a couple of new Dorothy Fields-Jimmy McHugh songs, with Busby Berkeley style "choreography", and of course, Lahr gets a musical number to show his stuff. All fans of the Cowardly Lion should check out this film.

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