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By Your Leave (1934)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 November 1934 (USA)
In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Henry Smith convinces his wife, Ellen, that they should take separate one-week vacations, with no questions asked. He tries to sow some wild oats with a ... See full summary »

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In the midst of a mid-life crisis, Henry Smith convinces his wife, Ellen, that they should take separate one-week vacations, with no questions asked. He tries to sow some wild oats with a show girl and a paid escort, while she reacquaints herself with a childhood friend, now a famous explorer. Both get more than they bargained for. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 24 January 1934 and closed in February 1934 after 37 performances. The opening night cast included Howard Lindsay as Henry Smith and Dorothy Gish as Ellen Smith. See more »

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Glenn Anders' onscreen credits lists his character name as Freddie Wilkins, but he's called Freddie Clark throughout the movie. See more »

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Whiffen: I never saw such shenanigans!
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Far Above Cayuga's Waters
(ca 1870) (uncredited)
(Cornell University's alma mater)
Music (from the song "Annie Lisle") by H.S. Thompson (1857)
Lyrics by Archibald Croswell-Weeks and Wilmot Moses Smith (ca 1870)
Sung a cappella by Gene Lockhart
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Pleasant Enough
1 June 2015 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

If you took Bob Newhart's stammering, befuddled style and turned it up to 10, you'd have Frank Morgan. I guess some find it a bit grating, but I've always found it endearing. Morgan stars in this familiar story of a man in the throes of a midlife crises.

Margaret Hamilton has a small role in this as well, and while this film did not go on to distinction, a few years later Morgan and Hamilton would forever be remembered as the Wizard and Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. No flying monkeys here though, and nothing to really make this movie stand out. The whole thing pretty much centers on Morgan, and if you like him, you'll find this a pleasant enough way to pass 80 minutes.

Look fast for some early Betty Grable. She only gets about two minutes of screen time. There are a number of other familiar faces for fans of movies from the 1930's.


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