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Director:
Writers:
Harry Chandlee (story) and
Douglas W. Churchill (story) ...
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Release Date:
31 October 1931 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She Was Gorgeous - He Was A Man . . . So, the other girl had to wait !
Plot:
A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
The Best Actor You've Never Seen See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Loretta Young ... Gallagher
Robert Williams ... Stew Smith

Jean Harlow ... Ann Schuyler
Halliwell Hobbes ... Butler

Reginald Owen ... Grayson
Edmund Breese ... Conroy - the Editor
Don Dillaway ... Michael Schuyler (as Donald Dillaway)
Walter Catlett ... Bingy
Claud Allister ... Dawson - the Valet
Louise Closser Hale ... Mrs. Schuyler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Butler (uncredited)
Vance Carroll ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Hank - a Reporter (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Speakeasy Proprietor (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Ann's Beau - the Round-the-World Flyer (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
J.C. Fowler ... Reporter (uncredited)
Constant Franke ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Dannie Mac Grant ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Reporter (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Mr. Radcliffe (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom London ... Reporter (uncredited)
Adolph Milar ... Doorman (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Richard Powell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Price ... Joe - a Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Prichard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Waiter (uncredited)
Edgar Sherrod ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Wagner ... Typist (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Capra  (as Frank R. Capra)
 
Writing credits
Harry Chandlee (story) (as Harry E. Chandlee) and
Douglas W. Churchill (story)

Robert Riskin (dialogue)

Jo Swerling (adaptation)

Dorothy Howell (continuity)

Produced by
Harry Cohn .... producer
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Broekman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Milford (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Edward Shulter .... technical director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Certification:
Portugal:M/6 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1325-R: 29 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
During its 1950 reissue it was double-billed with "Gilda."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Stew Smith is married, his colleagues make fun of him in the press room. At that moment his wife calls and he walks over to the phone with his pipe in his mouth. However, when he picks up the phone, the pipe disappears.See more »
Quotes:
Stew Smith:Let's hop over to Monte Carlo. It's a great place to save a face.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Avalon TownSee more »

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49 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
The Best Actor You've Never Seen, 28 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Robert Williams doesn't even get any billing n the DVD cover or on other promotions of this film, but he IS the star of the film....and he is outstanding.

Williams could have been a major star, a very well-known actor, had he not died four days after this picture was released with a ruptured appendix. The man simply puts on an acting clinic here. I wonder if young aspiring actors are ever shown this film and told to study Williams? If is wasn't for this film, I assume nobody would ever know about this guy.

Anyway, the movie is really dated but its interesting thanks to some great dialog, mainly, once again, by Williams. Jean Harlow gets the billing but a young Loretta Young has the real beauty and charm here. Too bad her role was so minor and bland. She looked absolutely gorgeous.

The storyline is one of Hollywood's favorite themes: the average Joe beating up on the snobby rich people. Harlow's "mother" in here (Louise Closser Hale) plays that snob role perfectly.

Even though I just gave it six stars, there are lots of laughs in this film and it was a lot better than I thought it would be. Watching Williams' acting performance is worth the price of the disc, and then some.

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