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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 »
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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 Kenny ... (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)
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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)
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?

Frankie Darro plays jockey Williams in both this film and the its remake, Riding High (1950). This saved considerable funds in not having to re-shoot the racing footage for the newer version.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 »
The Last Round-Up (Git Along, Little Dogie, Git Along)See more »


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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Frank Capra Wins The Horse Race, 23 June 2002
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A failed racehorse fancier, desperate to emerge from the shadow of his dictatorial father-in-law, pins all his hopes on his magnificent new steed, BROADWAY BILL.

This rather obscure Frank Capra film - made after IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT - has a lot going for it, including fine performances, a well-written story, good production values & a hilarious example of an expertly crafted film montage.

Warner Baxter deserves some credit in being willing to play a flawed and somewhat unlikable fellow. Besides being an alcoholic shyster, he's also physically abusive to those he feels are beneath him. And he's a racist. Despite these major disqualifications, Baxter still displays enough enthusiasm to make the viewer actually care what happens to the lout.

Although it's difficult to fathom why her character adores Baxter so much, it's actually quite easy to see why audiences love Myrna Loy. Beautiful, vivacious, classy, this lady exuded charm for decades. As Baxter's infatuated sister-in-law, she is a pleasure to watch, even though we don't really feel Baxter deserves her.

Playing his role with great dignity, Clarence Muse stands out as Broadway Bill's groom. An actor of enormous competence, Muse perhaps brought more of a well-rounded characterization to his performance than was originally expected. That he could play a role subject to racial slights and still make it something memorable, speaks very well of the actor.

The supporting cast contains a fine collection of character actors: blustery Walter Connolly as Loy's tyrannical, yet tenderhearted, father; Raymond Walburn as a pompous confidence trickster; Lynne Overman as his laconic assistant; Douglass Dumbrille as a race-fixing mobster; and vinegar-faced Margaret Hamilton as Connolly's stern boardinghouse landlady.

Movie mavens should have fun picking out the uncredited appearances of several performers: Clara Blandick as Connolly's overworked secretary; former OUR GANGer Mickey Daniels as a messenger for Connolly; Ward Bond & Charles Lane as a couple of racing touts working for Dumbrille; Herman Bing as a most unfortunate waiter in a fancy restaurant; Irving Bacon as the owner of a sandwich stand; Charles Middleton as a veterinarian; elderly Claude Gillingwater as the ‘richest man in the world' whose impetuous purchase of $2 worth of tickets on Broadway Bill precipitates merry mayhem; and pretty Lucille Ball as a telephone operator.

After filming began Capra discovered that Baxter, although he loved horses, was afraid of them. Some imagination on the part of the director was needed to realistically put Baxter & Bill into the same scenes.

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