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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)

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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 »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sit this one out..., 17 December 2012
Author: Bruce Pantages ( from Western Washington State, U.S.A.

This picture should have had it all...a great cast, a first rate studio, and one hit song. What went wrong? In her autobiography, Ginger Rogers says she was loaned out by RKO while she was making Flying Down to Rio (riding her bicycle between studios). She goes on to say that the songs they gave her were awful and she demanded better. Given her choice of songs (rejects from other pictures) she chose "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking." Wise became a huge hit and is still heard to this day. "Dream Walking" was the song used in the huge 'flesh & feathers' production number at the end of the movie. Unfortunately, they could/should have dispensed with the rest of the film. Ginger and her equally reliable co-stars, Jack Oakie, Jack Haley and Thelma Todd, tried valiantly to shine, but ultimately were all but entombed in the wooden film. The script lumbered aimlessly along, going nowhere in particular. Even luscious Thelma Todd was saddled with a role so thin it could have been played by any blonde.

Rarely shown, this feature is almost legendary because of its unavailability. I waited for decades to see it and finally found a 16mm print for sale on e-Bay. Sadly, the print quality was bad that at times the players features seemed to be washed off their faces. I reluctantly returned it to the seller. Indeed there may be no decent prints of it in existence. A friend borrowed a 16mm print from Universal Pictures (before the 2008 studio fire consumed their 16mm library) and he said that even their print was substandard. I notice the director, Harry Joe Brown only directed two more pictures after Sitting Pretty. Small wonder. He had been, and continued to be, a successful producer up into the 1960's.

Long a fan of Miss Rogers, as well as rest of the cast, I really expected to love this movie. The final production number, built around the "Dream Walking" song, is truly amazing. It is the closest imitation of Busby Berkeley's work I have seen to date. Ginger is truly jaw dropping in her black sequined dress. It is, however, too little too late to save the picture. Fortunately upon completing Sitting Pretty, Ginger rode her bicycle back to RKO and embarked on one of Hollywood's most legendary careers. She would be sitting pretty for a very long time! Luckily the rest of the cast also emerged unscathed.

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