New York playboy Danny Churchill is sent to a small town in Arizona, where being sheriff is very dangerous, to keep away from girls, but he decides to open a dude ranch there. He asks his ... See full summary »
New York playboy Danny Churchill is sent to a small town in Arizona, where being sheriff is very dangerous, to keep away from girls, but he decides to open a dude ranch there. He asks his friend Slick, a professional gambler and his wife Kitty, to help him. Slick decides to go there in a cab, driven by shy Jimmy. Jimmy's younger sister Tessie also travels there. There Danny has fallen in love with Molly, but troubles arise for him when the local heavy decides that he doesn't like the ranch and announces running for sheriff. Danny and Slick got the idea that Jimmy would be the ideal candidate, especially because of the fact that the heavy has announced he would kill another sheriff. With some help Jimmy is elected, but Molly leaves Danny with a New York shyster for Mexico. Mitzi, Danny, Kitty, Patsy - Jimmy's sweetheart as well as Jimmy and Slick follow her to win her heart back for Danny, but they are followed by the local heavy and his friend. Written by
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Norman Taurog was the uncredited director of the retakes. Subsequently, he would oversee MGM's 1943 version starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Providing new choreography for the "I Got Rhythm" retake with Kitty Kelly in 1932 was Busby Berkeley (also uncredited), who then would stage the Mickey-Judy number 11 years later. Originally tapped to direct, Mr. Berkeley was taken off the Metro production when Roger Edens expressed unhappiness with Mr. Berkeley's "I Got Rhythm" treatment, which Mr. Edens felt overloaded his arrangement. In addition, Miss Garland had complained that Mr. Berkeley's demanding work technique had exhausted her. See more »
This movie isn't really that good a version of the 1930 Broadway Gershwin musical, as it leaves the songs aside and is reworked as more of a comedy vehicle for Wheeler and Woolsey. Eddie Quillan and Arline Judge are the flotsam hero and heroine not really needed, except to murder But Not For Me'. Dorothy Lee is pretty much wasted with little to do (just a couple of scenes and one song with Bert Wheeler the classic Ella Fitzgerald later made famous, You've Got What Gets Me').
The best bits really are the ones that are purely silly: the hypnotism scenes between the boys and the bad guy; the cacti dancing to I Got Rhythm' (oddly sung here as I've Got Rhythm' by sparky Kitty Kelly); Mitzi Green and her imitations (particularly of George Arliss!); little Wheeler elected as sheriff and then chased by the village heavy; and the long-distance taxi ride early in the film with the cardboard cop.
So the good news is it is a funny film with lots to enjoy on that front; however this movie doesn't do justice to the stage show; and the photography does most of the cast no favours.
Almost everyone involved hated this film Quillan and Lee didn't see the finished article until several decades later and the songs are dealt with inappropriately. What a pity that the best movie versions of the Gershwin shows (Porgy and Bess; An American in Paris; and of course the remake of Girl Crazy, in 1943) came after George Gershwin died.
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