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Dames (1934)

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Multi-millionaire Ezra Ounce wants to start a campaign against 'filthy' forms of entertainment, like Broadway-Shows. He comes to his relatives families and makes them members of his ... See full summary »

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Mabel
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Jimmy
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Barbara
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Mathilda
Guy Kibbee ...
Horace
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Ezra
Arthur Vinton ...
Bulger - Ounce's Bodyguard
Phil Regan ...
Johnny Harris - Songwriter
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Train Conductor
Johnny Arthur ...
Billings - Ounce's Secretary
Leila Bennett ...
Laura - Matilda's Maid
Berton Churchill ...
Harold Ellsworthy Todd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bess Flowers ...
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Richard Quine ...
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Storyline

Multi-millionaire Ezra Ounce wants to start a campaign against 'filthy' forms of entertainment, like Broadway-Shows. He comes to his relatives families and makes them members of his morale-boosting campaign. But Jimmy, another relative is producing a show, starring Ezra's niece Barbara. But he had bad luck with his backer, this person has given him an invalid check. Another of his victims, the show-girl Mabel has the idea of blackmailing Horace, Barbara's father, whom she has met before in a slightly compromising situation to get the money. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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1 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbasso le donne  »

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Trivia

The studio wanted Broadway dancer Eleanor Powell for a special dance, but she refused the offer. See more »

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While Joan Blondell is singing "The Girl at the Ironing Board", a stage hand is seen in the background hanging a clothesline. See more »

Quotes

Mabel: I've got seventeen cents, and the clothes on my back as I stand before you.
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Soundtracks

Le cygne (The Swan)
(1886) (uncredited)
From "Carnival of the Animals"
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Played briefly during "The Girl at the Ironing Board" sequence
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They're what you see a show for
14 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the nice things about those Warner Brothers Depression musicals is that you can forget some of the sillier aspects of the plot and just enjoy the wonderful nonsense created.

Dames certainly classifies as wonderful nonsense. A wacky millionaire who's a sideline puritan is going to leave a bequest to a cousin and her family providing that they are of good moral character by his ideas. The wacky millionaire is Hugh Herbert and the cousin is Zasu Pitts, her husband Guy Kibbee and her daughter Ruby Keeler. There's another distant cousin Dick Powell who's already out of the will because he's an actor.

Back then theatrical folk were held in some disdain by polite society, though that's hard to believe now. Also some eyebrows might have been raised with Dick's involvement with Ruby. But then again the president of the United States was married to his fifth cousin. I'm sure the brothers Warner knew that full well when Dames was released.

Dames of course is remembered for those wonderful Busby Berkeley numbers and one of the biggest movie songs ever in I Only Have Eyes For You. Introduced by Dick Powell it was never commercially recorded by him though dozens of our best singers have done so. It's a favorite of mine for sure.

Last but not least Dames features the always captivating Joan Blondell who's not above a little blackmail to achieve her ends. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. She's featured in the Girl at the Ironing Board number, a great piece of Berkeley magic.

We can't forget the title song because as Dick Powell sings, it's what you see the show for. And in that finale they're sure enough of them to satisfy any red blooded male.


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