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Hi, Nellie! (1934)

TV-G | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 20 January 1934 (USA)
The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dawes (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Paul Kaye ...
Rosa Marinello (as Dorothy Le Baire)


Managing Editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to run a story linking the disappearance of Frank Canfield with embezzlement of the bank. He considers Frank a straight shooter and he goes easy on the story. Every other paper goes with the story that Frank took the money and Brad is demoted, by the publisher, to the Heartthrob column - writing advice to the lovelorn. After feeling sorry for himself for two months, he takes the column seriously and makes it the talk of the town. But Brad still wants his old job back so he will have to find Canfield and the missing money. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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20 January 1934 (USA)  »

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L'imprevisto  »

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Famed columnist Sidney Skolsky has a brief scene emerging from a telephone booth and conversing with 'Ned Sparks', who calls him "Skolsky". See more »


Version of You Can't Escape Forever (1942) See more »


Puddin' Head Jones
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
Played at the Merry Go Round Club when O'Connell says hello to Bradshaw
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"Gee you're a white guy, Nellie."
7 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Paul Muni plays a newspaper editor who refuses to run a story accusing a missing man of embezzlement without proof. All the other papers in town run the story and Muni, who's under contract, is subsequently demoted to the lonely hearts column. There he writes advice to the lovelorn under the name of Nellie Nelson. While working on the column he unexpectedly gets a lead that may solve the case of the missing man and get him his editor job back.

Fun, well-paced WB crime drama with touches of comedy. Muni's terrific and is backed up by a great cast, including the always enjoyable Glenda Farrell, Douglas Dumbrille, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, and many more fine character actors. Ned Sparks, master of the deadpan delivery, steals every scene he's in. Remade several times but this is the best.

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