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The Meanest Gal in Town (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 January 1934 (USA)
A stranded actress turned manicurist affects the lives of people in a small American town.

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(uncredited)

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, (story) (as Arthur Horman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Lulu White
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Chris Peterson
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Duke Slater
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Jack Hayden (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Edward McWade ...
Clark - Tillie's Clerk
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Storyline

Actress Lulu White gets stranded in a small American town when the owner of her acting troupe absconds with the funds. She uses her sexual wiles to get a meal out of Duke Slater, who leaves in a huff when her hotel room is also occupied by another stranded actress. The next day, she tries to get a job as a manicurist at Chris Peterson's barbershop, but since he has so little business, he refuses. While he is away, however, she sets up shop to ply her trade, and in no time the shop is swarming with men getting manicures and haircuts. Word gets to Tillie Prescott, the woman who Chris has been courting for the last ten years, and who he promised to marry when he gets enough money to get a second chair in his barbershop. Out of jealousy and desperation, she buys the chair for $300, but at a chamber of commerce outing Chris introduces Lulu as the one woman behind his success. This so humiliates and enrages Tillie she now refuses to marry Chris. Meanwhile, salesman Jack Hayden has gotten ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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A Red-Flannel Romance that will Keep You in Stitches!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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12 January 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dummy's Vote  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Extremely funny and very clever. Great cast.
17 January 1999 | by (los angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Pert Kelton bowled me over with her very sexy portrayal which allowed her to manipulate the male characters. The very wry Zazu Pitt and the apparently naive but winning El Brendel along with the wise cracking James Gleasen and the traveling salesman character all were very funny and cleverly written. The script had many very pointed comments on the indomitable spirt and frailty of the human character. I have watched the movie many times and always see some different bit that I hadn't noticed before. Obviously, this was a low budget programmer in its day, but a far better movie than most megabudget movies of today.


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