Hi, Nellie! (1934)

TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  20 January 1934 (USA)
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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:
Glenda Farrell ...
Ned Sparks ...
Robert Barrat ...
Kathryn Sergava ...
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Dawes (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Edward Ellis ...
Paul Kaye ...
Dorothy Libaire ...
Rosa Marinello (as Dorothy Le Baire)
Marjorie Gateson ...
George Meeker ...
Harold Huber ...


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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12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paul Muni has to get used to hearing "Hi, Nellie!" when he's demoted to the Heartthrobs column in this 1934 film also starring Glenda Farrell and Ned Sparks. When bank official Canfield disappears at the same time as $500,000 and the bank has to close, all the other papers print that Canfield took the money. Managing editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to tie the two incidences together without proof - thus, the demotion. The current Heartthrobs (Farrell) gets a news beat.

This is one of those fast-talking '30s films, probably in response to the MacArthur-Hecht "The Front Page" from 1931. It's all pretty routine except that it stars Paul Muni who, as Brad/Nellie, is a wisecracking, sarcastic editor now mercilessly teased by his cronies. Muni, well known for his dramatic work, shows his expertise at comedy here. Also it's a rare chance to see how handsome he was as he wore so much character makeup and so many costumes throughout his career. He is very good as the determined managing editor turned lonelyhearts columnist. Farrell is her usual sharp-mouthed self; this isn't much of a departure from other roles for her.

Recommended if you want to see Muni in something approaching a comedy.

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