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Director:
Writers:
Howard J. Green (screen play) &
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Release Date:
10 September 1932 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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)
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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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The film debut for Dick Powell.See more »
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How Can You Say No (When All the World Is Saying Yes)?See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Quite enjoyable..., 15 November 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I was a bit torn on this one--I wasn't sure whether to give it a 7 or an 8. Either way, it's a very good little film. Apparently, James Cagney was supposed to originally star in the movie but Lee Tracy eventually got the role. This film is a very good fit for Tracy, as he was the only guy at Warner Brothers who could talk as fast as Cagney---or even faster! Tracy plays a Walter Winchell-like muckraking journalist. His scruples are minimal and he seems very willing to stretch the truth in order to tell a good story---even if it means hurting a few people in the process. Because of this, his fiancé isn't sure whether she should marry him and she begs Tracy to find another line of work. But, it's obvious Tracy LOVES the work--he lives, eats and breathes this sort of scandal. Along the way, there are a few juicy stories you see in the film--including a funny one with Allen Jenkins as a mobster and a distraught pregnant lady who is at her wits end.

The film works well because of its style and fast-paced script. A few very choice scenes also spice things up. The best is Tracy as he's giving a VERY vivid account of what it's like to be electrocuted--as Jenkins recoils in horror. My favorite was the cop at the end after he caught a shooter--seeing him slap the guy around was very funny (even if it does violate the crook's Constitutional rights). Plus, I saw one scene where Ned Sparks actually looked like he was about to smile! All in all, an incredibly breezy and enjoyable little film.

By the way, although the ending and overall message is very different, another great film about muckraking journalism is "Five Star Final" (1931) and it sure appears as if Warner Brothers was strongly inspired by this previous film to make "Blessed Event".

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