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Writers:
Francis Martin (screen play) and
Walter DeLeon (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 May 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Grand Hotel of comedy
Plot:
Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
"Careless, My Little Love Cake, Careless" See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Peggy Hopkins Joyce ... Peggy Hopkins Joyce

W.C. Fields ... Professor Quail

Rudy Vallee ... Himself

Stuart Erwin ... Tommy Nash

George Burns ... Doctor Burns

Gracie Allen ... Nurse Allen
Sari Maritza ... Carol Fortescue
F. Chase Taylor ... Colonel Stoopnagle (as Colonel Stoopnagle)
Budd Hulick ... Budd (as Budd)

Cab Calloway ... Himself

Bela Lugosi ... General Petronovich
Marie Osborne ... Herself (as Baby Marie)
Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Manager
Edmund Breese ... Doctor Wong
Lumsden Hare ... Sir Mortimer Fortescue

Sterling Holloway ... Sailor
Lona Andre ... Chorus Queen
Harrison Greene ... Herr Von Baden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
Clem Beauchamp ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Bo Ching ... Hotel Bell-hop (uncredited)
Wong Chung ... Health Inspector (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... General's Henchman (uncredited)
Etta Lee ... Peggy's Maid (uncredited)
Bo Ling ... Cigar Counter Clerk (uncredited)
Al Morgan ... Bass Player in Cab Calloway's Band (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Telegram Clerk (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Mr. Brown - Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Henry Sedley ... Serge Borsky (uncredited)
Mary Jane Sloan ... Sugar Bowl (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Mr. Rollins - Electric Company Boss (uncredited)
Louis Vincenot ... Mr. Brown - Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
James Wong ... Inspector Sun (uncredited)
Ernest Wood ... Newsreel Reporter (uncredited)
Gwen Zetter ... Tea Pot (uncredited)
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Directed by
A. Edward Sutherland  (as Edward Sutherland)
 
Writing credits
Francis Martin (screen play) and
Walter DeLeon (screen play)

Neil Brant (from a story by) and
Louis E. Heifetz (from a story by)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photographed by)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Loyal Griggs .... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
Al Myers .... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
Dewey Wrigley .... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... second camera (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Morris .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Newhard .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ralph Rainger .... music & lyrics by
Leo Robin .... music & lyrics by
 
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Runtime:
68 min (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the scene where Prof. Henry R. Quail is by his auto gyro talking to Doctor Wong and Peggy Hopkins Joyce, you can see the shadow of the boom mic moving above their heads. The boom mic then hits something, presumably the auto gyro, making a noise which makes Prof. Henry R. Quail and Peggy Joyce look up.See more »
Quotes:
Peggy:Won't you join me in a glass of wine?
Professor Quail:You get in first, and if there's room enough I'll join you.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"Careless, My Little Love Cake, Careless", 12 October 2012
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

W. C. Fields and an all-star cast triumph (albeit barely) over a dated attempt at kitchen-sink comedy that might be described as "Grand Hotel" meets "Saturday Night Live" if the latter went to air in the early days of the Roosevelt Administration.

I enjoyed it, anyway.

In Wuhu, China, an inventor of something called radioscope, not exactly television but rather a video medium that "needs no broadcast station, and no carrier waves" puts his device up for auction. His desired buyer is something called the American Electric Company, but alas, the American agent for same, Tommy Nash (nominal lead actor Stuart Erwin) struggles to get his would-be wife to accept the fact he's not really there to win the hand of celebrated man-killer Peggy Hopkins Joyce, playing herself.

All this of course falls by the boards when Professor Quail (W. C. Fields) arrives via an autogyro dubbed "The Spirit Of Brooklyn."

"What is Wuhu doing where Kansas City ought to be?" Quail demands.

"Maybe you're lost," somebody suggests.

"Kansas City is lost!" the professor replies. "I am here!"

And so he is. Fields' arrival kick-starts the anarchic film into a more enjoyable gear.

Not a great film. But at times a good one, funny if dated. The cast includes Franklin Pangborn as the frustrated hotel manager, George Burns as the hotel doctor, and Gracie Allen as his dopey nurse, whose brother fell off an ironing board because he forgot to take his pants off before pressing them.

"I've got a good mind to get a different nurse," Burns exclaims.

"Oh, no, no," Pangborn replies. "This one is different enough."

Joyce, a real-life gossip-page celebrity starring here in her only movie, is often mentioned as the big detraction in this movie. But she's actually pretty good, whether flirting with Erwin or discovering herself accidentally in bed with a bumptious Fields. She shows more comedy chops in her reaction shots then you expect from a novice.

Also fun in an unconventional role is the one and only Bela Lugosi, here Joyce's ex-husband who wants both the woman and the invention, and pledges vengeance against "that loose-living American jackal" she seems to fancy. Lugosi knows how to deliver menace, but here he does with some surprisingly enjoyable comedic turns, like struggling to open a window so he can shoot Fields with his mangled revolver.

The radioscope is used here as a device to introduce some musical variety bits that bkoganbing says in another review here was based on the Big Broadcast films that Paramount Studios was producing at the time. I think it was also inspired by "Elstree Calling," a British film for which Alfred Hitchcock directed interstitial segments that also used the invention of television as an excuse for serving up a variety- show type film.

Director A. Edmund Sutherland and his team of writers find room for songs by Rudy Vallee, Cab Calloway, and kiddie singer Rose Marie (later of "The Dick Van Dyke Show"), all of which add something to the general merriment even as they also water down the weak plot. Nothing in this film lasts more than a few minutes, because nothing can sustain our interest longer.

Ultimately, what you get here, after a half-hour intro, is one of Fields' better comedy showcases before he got too drunk for Paramount and moved on to Universal to make his finest comedies. If the test of a great comic is getting solid laughs with second-rate material, Fields nails it here.

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