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Director:
Writers:
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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
The comedy successor to "It Happened One Night"
Plot:
A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
Forgotten Pre-Codes: "One More Spring" (1935)
 (From MUBI. 28 December 2011, 11:59 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
A B-movie pretending to be an A-picture. See more (12 total) »

Cast

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Douglass Dumbrille, Ward Bond and Charles Lane all play the same roles in the remake, Riding High (1950), although the respective character names are different.See more »
Quotes:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Split-Pea Soup and SuccotashSee more »

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0 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A B-movie pretending to be an A-picture., 25 January 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Successful businessman Warner Baxter quits his job to return to the life of horse racing. Broadway Bill is a horse that Baxter thinks can take him to the big time. The problem is that he is practically broke and must scrimp and scheme to somehow get the money needed to get Bill in 'the big race'.

This is an amazing film because it was nothing like I would have expected. Even though it appeared right after director Capra's masterpiece IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, it must have been in the planning stages long before hand. That's because IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT cleaned up at the Oscars and was a huge hit. You'd expect, therefore, that Capra's next film would have been a top-notch film--not some crappy old B-movie. Yet, aside from having a good cast, Broadway BILL is, at heart, just a clichéd B-movie--and certainly far from the director's best.

Part of the problem is that it's hard to have a horse racing film that is fresh and exciting. In the 1930s, Hollywood made quite a few racing films--and they all seem very similar. In fact, as I watched Broadway BILL, I kept thinking "wow, this reminds me of another racing film I saw"--and this happened again and again. While I cannot remember every title, it's clearly a lot like SERGEANT MURPHY and especially LONG SHOT. In fact, you could say that LONG SHOT was a re-working of Broadway BILL--not exactly a remake, but using major chunks of the original story. It's a case of 'been there, done that'.

In some ways, this sort of clichéd bilge is a surprise--not just because Capra was at the helm. You'd think it would be a better film with Warner Baxter, as he was a big name in 1934 as he'd already won an Oscar for IN OLD ARIZONA and had a starring performance the year before in 42ND STREET. Additionally, Myrna Loy had starred in the hugely successful THIN MAN earlier that year--and it catapulted her to stardom. You'd have thought she could have merited something better than this! Perhaps someone was holding family members of Capra, Baxter and Loy hostage--otherwise, there's no explaining this film!

In addition to a clichéd B-movie plot, the picture also betrayed a cheapness you just wouldn't have expected from a Capra picture. In the very beginning of the movie, there is one of the very, very worst examples of rotten rear-projected camera work. It's obvious that Warner Baxter is clearly riding in a car that is stationary and the 'horse' running along side of his very, very clearly is being projected on a screen.

The most amazing thing about this silly film is that in 1950, Capra would remake this movie as RIDING HIGH!! Remakes are a decent idea if the original story is flawed or the acting particularly bad and you somehow correct these flaws---but when the story idea is a clichéd and dusty old plot, a remake can't help but fail as well.

My advice is to skip this one or DON'T expect it to be an A-picture. If you just pretend it's a cheap B-movie, then it's very pleasant experience, as it's reasonably entertaining...in a very modest way.

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