Shoot the Works (1934)

 |  Musical, Comedy  |  18 July 1934 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky Nelson
Ben Bernie ...
Joe Davis
Dorothy Dell ...
Lily Raquel
The Countess
Sailor Burke
Jackie Donovan
Larry Hale
Lew Cody ...
Axel Hanratty
Alvin Ritchie
Monte Vandergrift ...
Man from Board of Health
Jill Dennett ...
Lee Kohlmar ...
Professor Jonas
Tony Merlo ...
Ben Taggart ...
Charles McAvoy ...


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The Old Mastro his first picture...leads his lads and lassies in and out of six new song hits! (original poster) See more »


Musical | Comedy





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18 July 1934 (USA)  »

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Música e Juventude  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Before this movie was released in July 1934, two of its actors had died. Lew Cody died of heart disease on 31 May 1934, and 19-year-old Dorothy Dell was killed in a car accident eight days later. See more »


Version of Some Like It Hot (1939) See more »


With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming
Lyric and Music by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
Copyright 1934 by De Sylva Brown And Henderson, Inc.
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Dorothy Dell in Her Final Film
28 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Ben Hecht story is a bit uneven but showcases Jack Oakie and Dorothy Dell, so how bad can it be? Oakie plays a showbiz conman, hawking a stuffed whale exhibit on 42nd and doing anything to get noticed. He has stooge Roscoe Karns doing a flagpole sitting bit, while Arline Judge snags the unwary old men. It's all a con. Alison Skipworth sells the tickets.

Oakie runs into Dell in a talent agent's office. He's trying to sell a song. Dell hears the song "With My Eyes Wide Open" and suggests they do an act. That brings Dell into the gang. But Dell is discovered one night singing with Ben Bernie's orchestra. She becomes a star, Oakie becomes a bum. Familiar story.

Oakie is quite good here since Karns gets the goon role. Dell, in her final film, is excellent. It's hard to believe this 19-year-old would be dead within a few months (car crash). Lew Cody, who plays the agent, would also be dead within a month of the film's wrap.

Skipworth, Judge, Cody, Karns, and William Frawley as a Walter Winchell type as all excellent. Cody gets the best catchphrase with his "Goodbye, please!" comment. Worth a look.

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