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Robert Riskin (screen play)
Mark Hellinger (based upon a story "Strictly Confidential" by)
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Release Date:
27 December 1934 (USA) See more »
The comedy successor to "It Happened One Night"
A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 nomination See more »
Forgotten Pre-Codes: "One More Spring" (1935)
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warner Baxter ... Dan Brooks

Myrna Loy ... The Princess

Walter Connolly ... J.L. Higgins
Helen Vinson ... Margaret

Douglass Dumbrille ... Eddie Morgan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Raymond Walburn ... Colonel Pettigrew
Lynne Overman ... Happy McGuire

Clarence Muse ... Whitey
Broadway Bill ... Broadway Bill - a Horse

Margaret Hamilton ... Edna

Frankie Darro ... Ted Williams
George Cooper ... Joe
George Meeker ... Henry Early
Jason Robards Sr. ... Arthur Winslow (as Jason Robards)
Ed Tucker ... Jimmy Baker
Edmund Breese ... Presiding Judge
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Peterson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Patient in Wheelchair (uncredited)
Robert Allen ... Reporter (uncredited)
Herbert Ashley ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Hamburger Stand Owner (uncredited)

Lucille Ball ... Blonde Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Henry A. Barrows ... Governor (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... Waiter (uncredited)
James Blakeley ... Interne (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Racing Fan (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Jailer (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Higgins' 2nd Butler (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Bettor on Broadway Bill (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Morgan's Bookkeeper (uncredited)
Charles Brinley ... Racing Fan (uncredited)
Ethel Bryant ... (uncredited)
Edmund Burns ... (uncredited)
Patricia Caron ... (uncredited)
Helene Caverly ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anna Chandler ... (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Racetrack Onlooker (uncredited)
Irene Coleman ... Nurse (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Bettor on Broadway Bill (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... (uncredited)
Tom Costello ... (uncredited)

Inez Courtney ... Nurse Mae (uncredited)
Edith Craig ... (uncredited)
Phyllis Crane ... (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Policeman (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... (uncredited)
J. Gunnis Davis ... (uncredited)
Sidney De Gray ... (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... (uncredited)
Harry Dunkinson ... (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ... (uncredited)
Janet Eastman ... (uncredited)

Elinor Fair ... (uncredited)
Helen Flint ... Mrs. Henry Early (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Secretary (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bruce Gailbraith ... Jockey (uncredited)
Gladys Gale ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Claude Gillingwater ... J.P. Chase (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... (uncredited)
Maurine Gray ... (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Alan Hale ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Adalyn Hall ... (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Bradshaw (uncredited)
Paul Harvey ... James Whitehall (uncredited)
Ara Haswell ... Nurse (uncredited)
A.R. Haysel ... Mike (uncredited)
Richard Heming ... (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... (uncredited)
Ruth Hiatt ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Racetrack Rube (uncredited)
Harry Hume ... (uncredited)
John Ince ... Mayor (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... (uncredited)
William Irving ... (uncredited)
John Irwin ... (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Mel (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Harry Keaton ... (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... (uncredited)
Charles King ... Betting Parlor Window Man (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... (uncredited)
Myrtland La Varre ... (uncredited)
Alice Lake ... (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
W.E. Lawrence ... (uncredited)
Ila Lee ... Nurse (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... (uncredited)
P.H. Levy ... Bearded Man (uncredited)
Marvin Loback ... (uncredited)
Stanley Mack ... Racetrack Tout (uncredited)
Herman Marks ... (uncredited)
Tony Martelli ... (uncredited)
Betty May ... Nurse (uncredited)
Kay McCoy ... (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... (uncredited)
Gene McKay ... (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Man in Barbershop (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... Barber (uncredited)
John Merton ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Veterinarian (uncredited)
Helene Millard ... Mrs. Arthur Winslow (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... (uncredited)
Ruth Milo ... (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Mike (uncredited)
George Morrell ... (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Reporter (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Higgins Flunkey (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... (uncredited)
Evelyn Pierce ... (uncredited)
Dick Prichard ... (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Johnson (uncredited)
Don Roberts ... (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Rita Ross ... Nurse (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... (uncredited)
Dixie Russell ... (uncredited)
Robert Ryan ... (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Conductor Bettor on Broadway Bill (uncredited)
Kay Sherris ... (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... (uncredited)
Joan Standing ... Brooks' Phone Operator (uncredited)
Sue Stevens ... (uncredited)
William H. Strauss ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Eddie Sturgis ... (uncredited)
Richard Sumner ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ethel Sykes ... (uncredited)
Bob Tansill ... Whitehall's Jockey (uncredited)
Harry Todd ... Pop Jones (uncredited)
Billie Van Every ... (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Betting Parlor Operator (uncredited)
Catherine Wallace ... (uncredited)
Fred Walton ... Butler (uncredited)
Lillian West ... (uncredited)
Robert Whitney ... Race Track Tout (uncredited)
Lee Willard ... (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Collins (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Spaniard (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screen play)

Mark Hellinger (based upon a story "Strictly Confidential" by)

Sidney Buchman  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel J. Briskin .... associate producer (uncredited)
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
Harry Cohn .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
Art Direction by
Jerome Pycha Jr. (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Roy Davidson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Rhein .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Edward Bernds .... sound (uncredited)
Irving 'Buster' Libbott .... microphone operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Anderson .... camera crew (uncredited)
Bob Charlesworth .... electrician (uncredited)
James Goss .... camera crew (uncredited)
George Hager .... gaffer (uncredited)
George F. Kelley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Walter Lackey .... camera crew member (uncredited)
Al Layter .... best boy (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Lloyd .... head grip (uncredited)
Victor Scheurich .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation (uncredited)
Marty Crail .... laboratory technician (uncredited)
Melrose Hooper .... stand-in: Myrna Loy (uncredited)
Joe Lynch .... stand-in: Walter Connolly (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stand-in: Warner Baxter (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #390)

Did You Know?

Modern prints carry the Paramount logo before the opening credits and after the closing credits due to the fact that the film is now owned by Paramount, who bought the rights in order to produce the remake Riding High (1950).See more »
Dan Brooks:Doesn't anything ever change in this mausoleum?
Alice Higgins:Yes. Bedspreads and underwear.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Touching and Fun Film, 11 February 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Broadway Bill (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Wonderfully charming film about Dan Brooks (Warner Baxter), a man who walks away from his wife's family business so that he can enter his horse, Broadway Bill, in the Derby where the hopes to become a winner. The only one who believes in Dan is his wife's sister (Myrna Loy) and the not-all-there Colonel Pettigrew (Raymond Walburn). This film followed IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT so that's probably the main reason this here isn't as well remembered but apparently not even the director himself liked it as he would never speak about it an only discussed it in his book when talking about its remake RIDING HIGH. With that said, I personally found the film to be quite charming due in large part to the wonderful cast with Baxter and Loy leading the way with some very strong supporting performances. Baxter gets to play the fast-talking, go getter and he's wonderful in the part. He brings to so much energy and good charm to the role that you can't help but want to see him succeed. Loy is at her very best as she has no problems getting smiles and making for a good love interest even though the film keeps their relationship rather watered-down considering you really couldn't have a married man wrapped up with his sister in law. The supporting cast features Walburn getting plenty of laughs playing a lovable moron, Walter Connolly, Douglas Dumbrille, Margaret Hamilton and Raymond Walburn. Clarence Muse plays the servant in the film but he nearly steals the film as he's given plenty of a very good scenes and works extremely well with the entire cast. I was a little surprised to see how the movie ends but it's quite touching as only Capra could do. This isn't one of the director's greatest films but it's a pleasant little "B" movie that has a terrific cast, some nice laughs and a winning story so recommending it is easy.

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