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Bachelor Bait (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 27 July 1934 (USA)
A well-meaning but bumbling clerk at the Marriage License Bureau winds up getting fired. He decides to open up his own "matchmaking" business and takes a personal interest in his clients, ... See full summary »

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Bramwell Van Dusen (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
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'Big' Barney Nolan (as Burton Churchill)
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Don Belden / Diker
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District Attorney Clement Graftsman (as Clarence H. Wilson)
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A well-meaning but bumbling clerk at the Marriage License Bureau winds up getting fired. He decides to open up his own "matchmaking" business and takes a personal interest in his clients, but things don't quite work out as smoothly as he had planned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Agencia matrimonial  »

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$120,000 (estimated)
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Bramwell Van Dusen, a Lawyer: [speaking of Miss Douglas] Hey, are you going for her?
Mr. William Watts: Aw, she wouldn't look at me. I just like her, so I want to get her the best husband I can to make her happy. That's why you got to do something about Allie.
Bramwell Van Dusen, a Lawyer: Did you ever try to do anything about Allie?
Mr. William Watts: I should say not!
Bramwell Van Dusen, a Lawyer: When she decides she likes a man, he likes it or else.
Mr. William Watts: Or else what?
Bramwell Van Dusen, a Lawyer: Or else he learns to like it.
Mr. William Watts: Well, you talk to her. Explain that she's not the one for Don.
Bramwell Van Dusen, a Lawyer: I did.
Mr. William Watts: What did she say?
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Opening credits are shown over a background of underwater scenery, with ladies sitting on fish-hooks. See more »

Soundtracks

The Donkey Serenade
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Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Played as background music at the Ritz
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Better than you'd think
22 May 2006 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

The dialog is much sharper than you'd think; it's genuinely funny. Of course, some of it may be funny only in context: when one character asks what another would say, the Stuart Erwin character replies, "Peanuts, almonds, walnuts. . . "--getting around the prohibition about saying "Nuts!" while letting the audience in on the joke. Stuart Erwin is all right as the Average Joe, and although something's clearly lost for modern audiences in watching Rochelle Hudson's facial expressions (like Botox before Botox existed), the secondary characters are good. Pert Kelton ramps up her tough-talking sidekick schtick to become a tough-talking antagonist who'd be a perfect candidate for the matrimonial bureau except that one of the qualifications is that the ideal girl hasn't been touched by human hands. "You've got me there," she cracks. Watch for Berton Churchill's posing for a picture as a crime-fighting (all right, bumbling) district attorney; his expressions are priceless.


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