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A Duke for a Day (1934)

 -  Short | Comedy | Musical  -  12 May 1934 (USA)
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Movie star Gloria Blossom (Jeanette Loff) is unhappy with her press agent's (Eddie Foy, Jr.) attempts at publicity. After reading newspaper stories about other stars marrying into royalty, ... See full summary »

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Jeanette Loff ...
Gloria Blossom (as Jannette Loff)
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Edward
Don Barclay ...
Joe Morgan
Billy Nelson ...
Billy
William Austin ...
Algernon Montmorency Smythe
Arthur Housman ...
Arthur
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Movie star Gloria Blossom (Jeanette Loff) is unhappy with her press agent's (Eddie Foy, Jr.) attempts at publicity. After reading newspaper stories about other stars marrying into royalty, she demands that Eddie "promote me a husband with a title within 24 hours". With the dubious assistance of reporter Don Barclay and photographer Billy Nelson he talks the first man with a British accent that he meets into marrying Gloria, fooling her into believing he is a Duke. The trouble is that the man is a big fan of Gloria the movie star and is madly in love with her, so after the wedding, when she finds out the truth, her new husband refuses to divorce her. A wild free-for-all fight ensues in the hotel. In typical Hal Roach comedy fashion, numerous innocent bystanders are pulled into the action. Written by Richard Finegan

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Trivia

Song "Sorry" was introduced and sung by Charley Chase in his 1933 Hal Roach short "Midsummer Mush". See more »

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Star Jeanette Loff's first name is erroneously spelled "Jannette" in the film's cast list. See more »

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Song of a Thousand Years
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Music by Henry Clay Work
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A Short Day
19 August 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When starlet Jeannette Loff discovers that other starlets are getting their names in the paper by marrying nobility, she has publicist Eddie Foy Jr. find her a fake noble groom in this pretty good Roach short comedy.

It wouldn't take as a series. The market for independently produced comedy shorts was doing poorly and Roach would get out of that business to concentrate on features in a couple of years. Miss Loff would retire and Foy would concentrate on feature films at brother Brian's unit at Warner Brothers for the next five years, then to Broadway, where he would eventually have starring roles in such shows as THE PAJAMA GAME and BELLS ARE RINGING.

It's a pity this aborted series didn't take, because this comedy was pretty snappy. There are even a couple of musical numbers to enliven events, as well as the talents of other comics like Arthur Housman and William Austin.


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