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Sherwood Nash is a swindler who bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices. His assistant Lynn poses as An American interested in a dress and Snap conceals a camera in his cane. ... See full summary »

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Lynn Mason
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Snap
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Joe Ward
Verree Teasdale ...
Mabel McGuire aka The Duchess
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Oscar Baroque
Henry O'Neill ...
Duryea
Phillip Reed ...
Jimmy
Gordon Westcott ...
Harry Brent
Dorothy Burgess ...
Glenda
Etienne Girardot ...
Glass
William Burress ...
Feldman
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Mrs. Van Tyle
Spencer Charters ...
Man Removing Telephone
George Humbert ...
Caponelli
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Sherwood Nash is a swindler who bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices. His assistant Lynn poses as An American interested in a dress and Snap conceals a camera in his cane. When they try to steal the latest Baroque designs hidden cameras capture them. Threat and counterthreat lead to the suggestion of putting on a legitimate show. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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14 February 1934 (USA)  »

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Fashion Follies  »

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Preview copies of the film listed Gene Markey and Katharine Scola as writers, but it was announced later they had nothing to do with the film. The Screen Writers' Guild was asked to take action against Warner Bros. for this breach of rules. See more »


Soundtracks

Spin a Little Web of Dreams
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
("Broken Melody" is part of this song)
Played during the opening credits, at the end and often in the score
Sung by Verree Teasdale and chorus in the Paris revue
Sung and danced by chorus girls during the large production number
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has its charms
4 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This mildly amusing confection is worth a look because of two blondes and one over-the-top musical number. Blonde #1 is a bleached Bette Davis as a fashion artist smitten with suave crook William Powell. Davis frequently shrugged off this period of her career as a routine and unavoidable part of her basic training and definitely did not like being dolled up to the extent we see here. She handles herself as well as one can expect, though the sprayed hair, thick makeup and ridiculously overdone outfits conspire to smother her. Blonde #2 is Verree Teasdale who has fun playing a phony Russian duchess. Her fruity delivery of the lyric to the Sammy Fain-Irving Kahal song "Spin a Little Web of Dreams" is a singular vintage movie treasure. The sequence itself, directed by Busby Berkeley, is the chief highlight of the film (a still from it is featured in the opening pages of Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood BABYLON), displaying platinum blondes festooned with varying arrangements of white ostrich feathers, including an overhead shot of rippling white-on-white layers unfolding sensuously to reveal a smiling chorine at the center and a barque rowed by beautiful girls over a "sea" of silken, spangled cloth that undulates like waves.


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