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The Show-Off (1934)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 March 1934 (USA)
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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9 March 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Version of Men Are Like That (1930) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
Whistled by Spencer Tracy
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Comedy about hyperbolic lying features Spencer Tracy
6 September 2002 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

This is an amiable version of an interesting play about a genial but dangerous bullslinger played by Tracy. He is just barely successful with personal relationships (his in-laws can't stand him) and gets fired from his job, but in the end triumphs! A good lesson about the way the corporation works, and why the rewards for a good salesman are so great.


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