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Lou Breslow (writer)
Jack McGowan (writer)
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Release Date:
24 November 1933 (USA) See more »
Just a couple of song writers with a baby grand...and a grand baby...
Chick Parker and Pete Pendleton are songwriters that are en route from New York to Hollywood to make their fame and fortune; Dorothy, a lunch wagon proprietor, joins them. | Add synopsis »
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Ginger Rogers on TCM
 (From Alt Film Guide. 10 March 2010, 11:03 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Oakie ... Chick Parker

Jack Haley ... Pete Pendleton

Ginger Rogers ... Dorothy
Gregory Ratoff ... Tannenbaum

Thelma Todd ... Gloria Duval
Lew Cody ... Jules Clark

Jerry Tucker ... Buzz
Helen Pickens ... Member of the 'Pickens Sisters' trio
Jane Pickens ... Member of the 'Pickens Sisters' trio
Patti Pickens ... Member of the 'Pickens Sisters' trio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Irving Bacon ... Dice Player (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Jackson (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Studio Manager (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Set Designer (uncredited)
George Brasno ... A Neighbor (uncredited)
Olive Brasno ... A Neighbor (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Mover Foreman (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Motorist (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Butler (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... Film Director (uncredited)
Mack Gordon ... Meyers - Song Publisher (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Bar Manager (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hale Hamilton ... Vinton (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Dice Player (uncredited)
Peaches Jackson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Jarrett ... Singer (uncredited)

Fuzzy Knight ... Stock Clerk (uncredited)

Frank LaRue ... Studio Gateman (uncredited)
Rollo Lloyd ... Film Director (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Bumpo's Animator (uncredited)

Mary MacLaren ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mae Madison ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Joyce Mathews ... Blonde Chorus GIrl (uncredited)

Lee Moran ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Clark's Aide (uncredited)

Anne Nagel ... Girl at Window (uncredited)

Dave O'Brien ... Assistant Cameraman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Studio Aide (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Counterman (uncredited)
Harry Revel ... Harry - Pianist (uncredited)
Virginia Sale ... Old Maid (uncredited)
Helen Splane ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ben Taggart ... Cop (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Aide (uncredited)
Kenneth Thomson ... Norman Lubin (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... George Wilson (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... A Neighbor (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Joe Brown 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lou Breslow  writer
Jack McGowan  writer
S.J. Perelman  writer
Nina Wilcox Putnam  story
Harry Stoddard  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
Charles R. Rogers .... producer
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner 
Art Direction by
David S. Garber (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound engineer (as Jack Goodrich)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Howard Jackson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Larry Ceballos .... dance director

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Additional Details

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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)See more »
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"Honeymoon salad, let us alone.", 22 February 2016
Author: vert001 from United States

A strong candidate for restoration, this little musical contains more than a few virtues, something that can't be said about many of the more celebrated efforts of the genre. The songs are pleasant (I Wanna Meander With Miranda), cleverly staged (Good Morning Glory), humbly touching (You're Such A Comfort To Me), and the movie even climaxes with a spectacular production number (Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?) which is the only pseudo-Berkeley number I know that manages to out-Berkeley Berkeley himself. There are nice supporting turns from Thelma Todd, Gregory Ratoff and Lew Cody, a couple of scenes are laughing-out-loud-funny (our ambitious songwriters in the offices of agent Ratoff and producer Cody for two sly instances), what more could you want from a cheap little programmer?

Our stars, Jack Oakie and Jack Haley, play two young songwriters who go to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune, Oakie the aggressive smart aleck while Haley plays the sympathetic sap. The female lead is Ginger Rogers, not a particularly big part (it probably couldn't be as she was simultaneously filming FLYING DOWN TO RIO at the time, traveling back and forth to her respective studios by bicycle) but she does well in it as she did well in pretty much everything during these years. The final 'Dream' production number was the first time that Ginger ever received the full-scale glamor treatment in a film. It balanced her introduction, a decidedly non-glamorous kick in the pants.

SITTING PRETTY is a nice surprise, delivering fine entertainment from a source in which you wouldn't have expected very much.

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