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The Show-Off (1934)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  9 March 1934 (USA)
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Aubrey cons Amy into thinking he's a railroad bigwig. After they marry Aubrey overspends in setting up their home. When their financial situation gets dire they go back to her parents house... See full summary »

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Aubrey cons Amy into thinking he's a railroad bigwig. After they marry Aubrey overspends in setting up their home. When their financial situation gets dire they go back to her parents house until Aubrey changes his ways and they can get on stable footing. When he loses his job he takes one wearing a sandwich board. After he helps Joe sell his patent for a good price and an old railroad deal comes through, he's back on top and ready to live high on the hog again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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HE WAS THE "TALK" OF THE TOWN - He knew everything --- except when to shut up!

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The part of J. Aubrey Piper was originally to be played by Lee Tracy, but his contract was terminated by MGM when, during the production in Mexico of Viva Villa! (1934), he got drunk, urinated off a balcony onto a passing patrol of Mexican soldiers (who almost shot him) and was deported from Mexico. Spencer Tracy got the part with the help of Frank Morgan, and afterwards signed a long-term contract with MGM. See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Spencer Tracy Excels In A Light Comic Role
12 July 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Spencer Tracy went on to a career of more intense roles. Yes, he was in comedies with Katharine Hepburn. But he was the straight man.

Here he is a know-it-all who absolutely cannot keep his mouth shut and himself out of other people's business.

I have never seen the Pulitzer Prize winning play on which it's based. I'd guess he is very true to George Kelly's version, though.

Madge Evans is fine as his love interest. Her performance style has not dated well, though. Clara Blandick, on the other hand, is delightful as her shrewish mother.

Every time he has determined to toe the straight and narrow and overhears something he just must comment on, we cringe. It moves along at a fast clip. And it holds up very well.


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