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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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Gerry
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Brownell
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Graham
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Grace
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Fullerton
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Dawes (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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O'Connell
Paul Kaye ...
Helwig
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Durkin
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Rosa Marinello (as Dorothy Le Baire)
Marjorie Gateson ...
Canfield
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Sheldon
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Leo
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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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The Song "Hi Nellie" was written for the movie, since the published sheet music has pictures of Paul Muni and Glenda Farrell on its cover. It was not sung, but probably was played at the Merry Go Round Club. See more »

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Version of The House Across the Street (1949) See more »

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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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Very enjoyable fluff
23 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

HI, NELLIE! is a fun film to watch but in no way could it be mistaken for a deep or high quality product. Instead, it's just simple fun--plot holes and all.

Paul Muni plays a managing editor at a newspaper. However, his decision to underplay a big story is second-guessed by the owner and as a result, he is demoted to writing a "lonely hearts" column. His co-workers ridicule him unmercifully, but after initially refusing this indignity, he actually makes a success of it. However, he always is thinking about how to get his old job back, as he misses the excitement of crime and other lurid stories.

The film has some very good support for Muni, with Glenda Farrell, Donald Meek, Douglass Dumbrille, Ned Sparks, Robert Barrat and others. So, while it's a relatively cheap and silly production, the supporting characters make it a lot more interesting and worth watching. However, just be prepared for an amazingly easy resolution to the mystery in this film and some jumps in logic. Good as a time-passer but far from Warner's or Muni's best.


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