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Manhattan Parade (1931)

TV-G  |   |  Comedy  |  10 January 1932 (USA)
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The fortunes of a Broadway costume company rise and fall depending on who is running it, and whether its clients' shows succeed or not.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Charles Butterworth ...
Herbert T. Herbert
Joe Smith ...
Lou Delman: of the Avon Comedy Four (as Smith)
Charles Dale ...
Jake Delman: of the Avon Comedy Four (as Dale)
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Junior Roberts
Bobby Watson ...
Paisley
Frank Conroy ...
Bill Brighton
Walter Miller ...
Mae Madison ...
Woman in Charge of Fitting
Polly Walters ...
Telephone Girl
Luis Alberni ...
Vassily Vassiloff
Greta Granstedt ...
Charlotte Evans
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Storyline

The John Roberts Costume Company is being run super-efficiently by Doris Roberts, but her husband demands that she give up her position to stay at home with their young son. Without her wheeling and dealing skills the company starts to lose money and when John leaves for Europe on a tryst, Doris returns to save the firm. Hooking up with an obviously disturbed producer and a pair of theatrical backers, the costume company seems to be on the road to riches again when John returns and wants his share of the profits. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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(TV prints)| (2-Strip Technicolor) (original release)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ethel Griffies as Mrs. Beacon is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but she did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

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Referenced in M*A*S*H: The General Flipped at Dawn (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love a Parade
(1931) (uncredited)
(From the first "Cotton Club" revue)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played during the opening and end credits
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Over Smith & Dale and Sissy
14 September 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

After her husband runs off with his sexy 17-year-old secretary, matronly Winnie Lightner (as Doris Roberts) works to save his faltering business, a Broadway costume designing company. "Manhattan Parade" is one of those "revue" type pictures very popular in the early 1930s. This one was presented, minus songs from the original play, for your 1931 Christmas from Warner Bros. The original Technicolor is missing, but the ostrich remains as colorful as ever. A frantic energy is present, but doesn't quite add up or compliment the plot. The ensemble's main attraction was vaudeville comedy team Smith & Dale (as Lou and Jake Delman), who are better appreciated in short films and television appearances. Today, you'll either howl or recoil upon seeing Bobby Watson play a character named "Paisley" who screams sissy at the top of his lungs.

*** Manhattan Parade (12/24/31) Lloyd Bacon ~ Winnie Lightner, Joe Smith, Charles Dale, Bobby Watson


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