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Paddy the Next Best Thing (1933)

 |  Comedy  |  1 September 1933 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Paddy Adair
Lawrence Blake
Major Adair
Harvey Stephens ...
Jack Breen
Eileen Adair
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Fiske O'Hara ...
Mr. Davy
Merle Tottenham ...
Roger Imhof ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary McCormick ...
Herself (scenes deleted) (as Mary McCormic)


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1 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Alegria de Viver  »

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Remake of Paddy the Next Best Thing (1923) See more »


Music by Louis De Francesco
Lyrics by Lester O'Keefe
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Janet overdoes adorable, again
26 March 2009 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Something of a follow-up to the 1931 "Daddy Long Legs," which also had Janet Gaynor as a waif eventually won by the much, much older Warner Baxter, this one has her as Walter Connolly's spunky Irish daughter, whose older sister (nicely played by Margaret Lindsay) is about to marry Baxter for his money and thus retire Connolly's debts, though she loves Harvey Stephens, who is in fact infinitely more appealing than Warner Baxter. I've never understood Baxter's appeal, and Gaynor is pretty hard to take here, too, overdoing as she so often did at Fox her "love me, I'm an adorable little girl" persona. She doesn't even attempt an Irish accent, nor can we tell whether Baxter is supposed to be American, English, Irish, or Canadian. Connolly is wonderful, though, and the Irish atmosphere is winsome and convincing--if that's not Galway location shooting, it's the best imitation I've ever seen. It's pleasant enough, with more pacing than the early Fox talkies usually displayed, but not particularly worth seeking out.

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