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Writers:
Howard J. Green (screen play) &
Forrest Wilson (based on the play: "Blessed Event" by) ...
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Release Date:
10 September 1932 (USA) See more »
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Here it is! The scandalous comedy of a scandal columnist who rose FROM A KEYHOLE TO A NATIONAL INSTITUTION
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Al Roberts writes a gossip column for the Daily Express. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Lee Tracy ... Alvin Roberts

Mary Brian ... Gladys Price

Dick Powell ... Bunny Harmon

Allen Jenkins ... Frankie Wells
Ruth Donnelly ... Miss Stevens
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Roberts

Edwin Maxwell ... Sam Gobel
Ned Sparks ... George Moxley
Walter Walker ... Mr. Miller
Frank McHugh ... Reilly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herman Bing ... Emil - the Head Chef (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Hanson (uncredited)
Jesse De Vorska ... Morris Shapiro (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Dick Cooper (uncredited)
Robert Gordon ... Eddie - the Office Boy (uncredited)
Ruth Hall ... Miss Bauman (uncredited)
William Halligan ... Herbert Flint (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Joe - Gobel's Henchman (uncredited)

Isabel Jewell ... Dorothy Lane (uncredited)
Jack La Rue ... Louis De Marco (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Kane (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Cromwell Church - the Announcer (uncredited)
Walter Miller ... Boldt (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Jim - Police Detective (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Harold Waldridge ... George - the Bell Boy (uncredited)
Milton Wallace ... Joe Moskowitz (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
 
Writing credits
Howard J. Green  screen play (as Howard Green) &
Forrest Wilson  based on the play: "Blessed Event" by and
Manuel Seff  based on the play: "Blessed Event" by

Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Gibbon 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Frank Marsales .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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80 min
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This movie was originally intended to star James Cagney.See more »
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How Can You Say No (When All the World Is Saying Yes)?See more »

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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Just About Perfect, 25 August 2000
Author: fowler1 from nyc

This isn't the first time I've raved about Roy del Ruth's Warners work prior to the emergence of the Hays Office, but it needs to be restated: few directors had as sure a hand with fast-paced, cynical comedy as Del Ruth. And, when teamed with the equally forgotten (and equally inspired) comedian Lee Tracy, what results is one of the best comedies of the 30s, as funny and audacious today as then. Tracy (who came West to Hollywood after originating the Hildy Johnson role in THE FRONT PAGE on Broadway) was the wisecrack-slinger all others are measured against; here he's so good, so inspired at mixing verbal and physical comedy, you'll be wondering how it's possible his career didn't soar for 25 years. (Besides his heavy drinking, which couldn't have helped him, he earned the wrath of Louis B Mayer during the shooting of VIVA VILLA by urinating on the Mexican army from his hotel balcony, effectively ending his career as a leading man. Or so the legend has it.) This is probably his best film, playing a Winchell-like columnist named Alvin Roberts, and Tracy plays him with such cheerful unscrupulousness you might almost forgot what a rat the real Winchell was. But this is pre-Code Warners, where even an unprincipled cur could be a hero so long as he scraped bottom with zest and pluck; don't be surprised at the many one-liners and situations that would become taboo in three years time: abortions, adultery, homosexuality and ethnicity are all fair game for BLESSED EVENT's satirical arrows, and only an insufferable prude would stifle his laughter. Not until Preston Sturges played chicken with the Hays Office in the early 40s would such darkly funny farce be allowed on the screen again. Keep an eye out for this one and prepare to become a Lee Tracy fan for life. As usual, Del Ruth's direction is dead on the money, while never calling attention to itself.

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