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Release Date:
25 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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Irene Dunne ... Hilda Bouverie

Richard Dix ... Stingaree
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Clarkson
Conway Tearle ... Sir Julian Kent

Andy Devine ... Howie
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Hugh Clarkson
George Barraud ... Inspector Radford

Una O'Connor ... Annie
'Snub' Pollard ... Victor

Reginald Owen ... The Governor-General

Billy Bevan ... Mac
Robert Greig ... The Innkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Doorman (uncredited)
Norma Adoree ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Luis Alberni ... Italian Celebrant (uncredited)
Alyce Ardell ... Shopgirl (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Constable (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore ... Governor's Second Aide (uncredited)
Arthur Clayton ... Constable (uncredited)
Roger Cluett ... Constable (uncredited)
John Connan ... Man with Beard (uncredited)
Earl Covert ... Singer (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... French Mother (uncredited)
Dan Dix ... Man with Beard (uncredited)
Ralph Fitzsimmons ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Joe Garion ... Man with Beard (uncredited)
Carl Gordon ... Constable (uncredited)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Silver Harr ... Constable (uncredited)
Harry Harris ... Singer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Constable (uncredited)
Howard Hickey ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Sub-Inspector (uncredited)
Patty James ... Shopgirl (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Richard Lancaster ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Allen Lee ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Jack Lendell ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Governor's First Aide (uncredited)
Hank Potts ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Jack Ranier ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Coutouriere (uncredited)
Harrington Reynolds ... Constable (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Coutouriere (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Man with Beard (uncredited)
Carol Tevis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Man with Beard (uncredited)
James Warwick ... Constable (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Boy with Package (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Wellman  (as William Wellman)
Writing credits
Becky Gardiner (screenplay)

Lynn Riggs (adaptation) and
Leonard Spigelgass (adaptation)

E.W. Hornung (stories)

Garrett Fort  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Agnes Christine Johnston  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Wells Root  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Dwight Taylor  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... executive producer
David Lewis .... associate producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Van Trees (photographed by)
Film Editing by
James B. Morley 
Art Direction by
Alfred Herman  (as Al Herman)
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Carl Axzelle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gwen Holden .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Walter Daniels .... unit manager (uncredited)
C.J. White .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Thomas .... assistant director (uncredited)
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas Little .... props (uncredited)
John Sherwood .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist
John Aalberg .... sound technician (uncredited)
James L. Fields .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
John C. Grubb .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Slim Ackerman .... best boy (uncredited)
Paul Bristow .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Fred Hendrickson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Louis Jennings .... second camera operator (uncredited)
James Van Trees Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Wildman .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Homer Watson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Murray Spivack .... music recordist
Max Steiner .... musical director
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Merian C. Cooper .... presenter
Marcella Arnold .... stand-in (uncredited)
Joe Balch .... stand-in: Henry Stephenson (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... double: Richard Dix (uncredited)
Dan Dix .... stand-in (uncredited)
Fred Gilman .... double: George Barraud (uncredited)
Gordon Jones .... stand-in: Andy Devine (uncredited)
Jack Lindell .... double: Richard Dix (uncredited)
George Lollier .... stand-in: Richard Dix (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... double: Richard Dix (uncredited)
Mary Miner .... stand-in: Irene Dunne (uncredited)
Anita Speer .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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77 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1427-R: 4 September 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Rather than build their own opera-house set for the final concert sequence, RKO went to Universal and shot the sequence on the standing set built for the 1925 Lon Chaney, Sr. version of "The Phantom of the Opera."See more »
Continuity: Hilda's hair, as she braids it, while speaking and preparing to go on stage.See more »
Mrs. Clarkson:...Why, the very foundation of empire is woman's virginity.
Sir Julian Kent:Chastity, madame, chastity. No empire would get very far with virginity.
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17 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
STINGAREE is a curious misfire..., 11 April 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The red flags went up the moment I spotted William A. Wellman's name as the director of this hybrid western/musical which has RICHARD DIX as an Australian bandit named "Stingaree" who also happens to be a noticeably ungifted song writer responsible for some of the numbers IRENE DUNNE is forced to sing in this film. He's a bandit who finances the career of a pretty operatic singer. (One number, in particular, gets quite a tiresome workout from Dunne's quavering soprano).

Wellman's name is usually associated with much sturdier material than he has here--films like WINGS, BEAU GESTE and THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY. On the other hand, STINGAREE is not a formulaic musical so perhaps he knew what he was getting into.

While Miss Dunne is one of my favorite actresses (and I know she was chosen to play Magnolia in James Whale's SHOW BOAT), she has never been one of my favorite sopranos and this film didn't change my mind at all. Indeed, the film itself does nobody any great favor because the plodding script goes off in so many different directions, you're never quite sure whether it's meant to be serious or comic. Only when ANDY DEVINE and MARY BOLAND give out with some non-subtle comic relief in supporting roles can we be sure what the intentions are.

Let's just say that not every film that turns up on TCM's "lost and found" package of RKO films deserves to be resurrected--nor are they necessarily classics, so to speak. STINGAREE is one of them, best forgotten as an outmoded and lumbersome sort of film easily ignored unless you happen to be an ardent admirer of either Miss Dunne or Mr. Dix, both of whom have done better work elsewhere.

Dunne excelled in the '30s and '40s as a woman who was usually one step ahead of, and smarter than, the man (a more feminine version of the characters Katharine Hepburn often played). As the ingenue of a mixed up western, she's not exactly in her element and Richard Dix (even with a mustache) is just as hard to believe as a bandit as Nelson Eddy was in THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST. At least he and Jeanette had some good songs to sing.

For comic relief, we have reliables like ANDY DEVINE, MARY BOLAND (a stridently over-mannered performance), HENRY STEPHENSON and UNA O'CONNOR on hand, but nothing really helps.

Summing up: A curious misfire that must have had a target audience once upon a time in pre-code 1934, but that audience no longer exists outside a small clique who love anything made in the '30s, whether good, bad or indifferent, as long as TCM presents it. The title song sounds suspiciously like a Rudolf Friml reject.

Trivia note: Dunne and Dix were both better received in CIMARRON made three years earlier and without music.

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