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Kansas City Princess (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 October 1934 (USA)
Two wisecracking manicurists flee an irate gangster.

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Marie Callahan
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Dynamite 'Dynie' Carson
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Junior Ashcraft
Osgood Perkins ...
Marcel Duryea - French Private Eye
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Alderman James 'Jim' Cameron
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Alderman Sam Warren
Gordon Westcott ...
Jimmy the Dude aka Frankie Smith
Vince Barnett ...
Quincy - Dynamite's Henchman
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Dr. Sascha Pilnakoff
Renee Whitney ...
Mrs. 'Lovums' Ashcraft
Arthur Hoyt ...
Mr. Greenway
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Rosie and Marie are wisecracking Kansas City manicurists. Marie is an unabashed golddigger but Rosie would like to marry her gangster boyfriend Dynamite, who's given her an expensive ring. When she loses the ring, both friends have to flee Dynamite's wrath; their adventures include masquerading as girl scouts and taking an ocean voyage to Paris. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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What a riot when two man-handling manicurists from the Midwest start trimming mugs and polishing suckers at a convention! (original ad) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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13 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I vasilissa tou Kansas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Dynamite 'Dynie' Carson: The only solution to dame trouble is another dame.
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Referenced in The FBI Story (1959) See more »

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Try to See It My Way
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Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
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Fast-paced nonsense
5 November 2014 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell spout zippy dialog as a couple of manicurists moving up in the world in this very silly comedy.

Robert Armstrong is Dynamite, a good-natured tough guy who wants to marry Blondell—who is keen on that idea despite Glenda's outspoken disapproval ("If you was the bearded lady in the circus, you'd still be too good for Dynamite"). All three end up on a boat bound for Paris, where Armstrong meets millionaire Hugh Herbert and quickly declares himself Herbert's bodyguard.

The plot itself makes very little sense but is held together, more or less, by the personalities of the four stars, who seem determined to make it something fun, however thin the story. The dialog is certainly colorful—packed with phrases like "a low down mug" and "That guy getting fresh?"—and generally delivered as rapidly as humanly possible (especially by Blondell and Farrell, certainly a couple of Hollywood's all-time great fast talkers).

Overall, it's not particularly memorable but very easy to take for the hour or so it lasts.


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