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Local Boy Makes Good (1931)

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John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally ... See full summary »

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John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally mailed and Julia receives it. When the letter says that he is a fraternity man and a big track star, Julia rushes right over to see him. But John is neither and Spike, Julia's boyfriend, is a track star at a nearby College. John does not want to enter the track meet so Julia tries to use psychology on him. That and a good wrestling hold makes John timidly agree to enter the race, but Spike still scares him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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27 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Sede de Escândalo  »

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In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »

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Marjorie Blake: I think Julia's awfully interested in you.
John Augustus Miller: She's gonna turn my libido outward.
Marjorie Blake: What for?
John Augustus Miller: Just so she can look at it, I guess.
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Version of L'athlète incomplet (1932) See more »

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In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Hummed by Joe E. Brown
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Not Many Laughs For Joe
5 October 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD when a shy botany student joins the University of Ohio's track team to impress the beauty queen he idolizes.

Comic Joe E. Brown does the best he can in this not-very-funny collegiate comedy, going over the same ground Harold Lloyd plowed to greater effect during silent days. It is not Brown's fault, the script is almost unrelenting in denying him any significant laughs. Not until the final sequence, when Brown must prove himself at the big track meet or forever live in ignominy, does he come into his element - with the help of a pretty girl's kiss and a strong shot of alcohol. Even the intensely annoying rear screen projection cannot destroy the fun of watching Joe ham it up.

Dorothy Lee, temporarily escaped from Wheeler & Woolsey, plays the girl of Joe's dreams. As ever, she is kewpie-doll cute and it is great to see her, but her role as a psychology student desperate to engage with Joe's emerging libido is rather bizarre and a bit risqué. Easier to swallow is lovely Ruth Hall, the coed who admires Brown in silence. Edward Woods is Miss Lee's bullying boyfriend who can't wait to dig his spikes into Brown's flesh. Edward J. Nugent plays the team captain who befriends Joe after witnessing his remarkable sprinting ability.

Movie mavens will recognize Maude Eburne as a sympathetic maid.


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