MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,847 this week

Bright Lights (1935)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  27 July 1935 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 130 users  
Reviews: 8 user

Joe and Fay Wilson are a happily married vaudeville team. But when a reporter discovers, that one of the chorus girls in the troupe is a slightly eccentric heiress, who bugs sometimes out ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1655 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1344 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
 
a list of 278 titles
created 25 Jun 2012
 
a list of 92 titles
created 04 Oct 2012
 
a list of 3127 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Bright Lights" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bright Lights (1935)

Bright Lights (1935) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bright Lights.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Alexander Botts is a self-described natural born salesman and master mechanic, who is trying to make a big sale of Earthworm tractors to grouchy lumberman Johnson. Since Botts doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joe E. Brown, June Travis, Guy Kibbee
After Tonight (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While romancing a beautiful Russian countess, a captain in the Austrian intelligence service is assigned to capture "K-14", a clever spy who has so far managed to remain undetected. What ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Constance Bennett, Gilbert Roland, Edward Ellis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Jean Harlow, Robert Taylor, Reginald Owen
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During WWI Bill Pettigrew, a naive young Texan soldier is sent to New York for basic training. He meets worldly wise actress Daisy Heath when her car nearly runs him over. Daisy agrees to ... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Walter Pidgeon
Yellow Jack (1938)
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the fever-stricken areas of Cuba a brave band of scientists, doctors and U. S. Marines fight a losing battle against the deadly plague of 'Yello Jack,' until the great heroic risk taken by an Irish sergeant brings victory.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Virginia Bruce, Lewis Stone
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Paul L. Stein
Stars: Lillian Gish, Rod La Rocque, Conrad Nagel
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Hank Medhill, artificial silk manufacturer, has returned to the U.S. from Japan to learn that his former girlfriend, Eleanor Breen is about to marry. Hank convinces Eleanor to leave the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Robert Young, Ann Sothern, Reginald Owen
Dr. Socrates (1935)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A small-town doctor gets roped into helping a notorious bank robber.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Barton MacLane
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Shipping clerk Joe Holt is mistaken for a swimming champion and expected to compete in a long-distance swim race off Catalina Island.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers, Preston Foster
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

John Quinn is the ruthless manager of the night club Garden of the Moon. He has booked Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees for a season as his band, but due to a car accident Vallee can't... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Margaret Lindsay, John Payne
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

It is the bottom of the depression and Sol Glass has the idea that the girls in the stenographic department should be used to entertain the clients. Seems the clients are tiring of the ... See full summary »

Directors: George Amy, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Loretta Young, Winnie Lightner, Lyle Talbot
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A con man must pass himself off as the owner of a château on the French Riviera when he is expected to host his estranged daughter's wedding.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Frank Morgan, Florence Rice, John Beal
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Joe Wilson
...
Fay Wilson
Patricia Ellis ...
Claire Whitmore
William Gargan ...
Dan Wheeler
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Oscar Schlemmer
Henry O'Neill ...
J.C. Anderson
Arthur Treacher ...
Wilbur
Gordon Westcott ...
Wellington
Joseph Crehan ...
Post Office Attendant
...
Detective
The Maxellos ...
Acrobat Act
Edit

Storyline

Joe and Fay Wilson are a happily married vaudeville team. But when a reporter discovers, that one of the chorus girls in the troupe is a slightly eccentric heiress, who bugs sometimes out to do something strange (e.g. being a chorus girl in vaudeville), the manager decides that Joe had to do is act on Broadway -with the heiress- and the heiress falls in love with him, his marriage is threatened. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

IT'S GOT EVERYTHING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 July 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1 opp och 1 i minne!  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Cares If I'm Blue
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Sung by Patricia Ellis
Also danced by Joe E. Brown
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Casanova of Burlesque
10 December 2009 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

BRIGHT LIGHTS (Warners/First National, 1935), directed by Busby Berkeley, captures the spirit of "from burlesque to Broadway" theme as well as the comedy talents of resident comedian, Joe E. Brown, in what many consider to be virtually a "one man show," as indicated during its opening credits with Brown's face in character make-up visible under the opening and closing credits. For Brown, whose wide mouth was his trademark, many of his comedies were one man shows, and in this case, a role perfected to his style and character classified on screen as "The Shakespeare of Burlesque." Berkeley, best known for his creative dance directions of tap dancing chorus girls doing flower formations, is given an ample opportunity directing a story with a theatrical theme, with little creativeness for musical interludes that are performed on a limited scale.

The story revolves around Joe and Fay Wilson (Joe E. Brown and Ann Dvorak), a husband and wife team working for Oscar Schlemmer (Joseph Cawthorn), manager of a burlesque troupe, "Parisian Belle." Claire Whitmore (Patricia Ellis), a runaway heiress, posing as Miss Brown, sneaks on board a train to avoid a hired detective (William Demarest). Through Joe's help, she soon becomes part of the troupe. Dan Wheeler, press agent, recognizes Whitmore and sees a great opportunity teaming her with Wilson for J.C.Anderson's (Henry O'Neill) Broadway frolics. Although Joe refuses to split up his act with Fay, it is Fay who convinces Joe, though Dan's encouragement, to go on with the deal. The Wilson and Whitmore partnership at the Tivoli Theater proves successful. At first Fay is happy with their newfound success until she finds Joe, whom she affectionately calls "Funny Face," drifting away from her and spending more time with Claire, with whom he appears to have fallen in love.

With score composed by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, songs include: "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter" (sung by Joe E. Brown); "Powder My Back For Me" (sung by chorus); "Toddling Along With You" (sung by Ann Dvorak/ by Mort Dixon and Allie Wrubel); "The Lady in Red" (danced briefly by Joe E. Brown and Patricia Ellis/ by Harry Warren and Al Dubin); "You're an Eyeful of Heaven" (sung by Patricia Ellis/ by Dixon and Wrubel); "Toddling Along With You" (reprised by Ann Dvorak). Although there are indications that the "Playboy of Paris" skit was filmed but ended up on the cutting room floor, all that remains in the finished product is Brown's character, sporting huge mustache and striped shirt, returning to his dressing room following the mentioned act.

Others members of the cast include Clarence Wilson (The Station Agent); Arthur Treacher (Wilbur, the Butler); Gordon Westcott, Tom Kennedy and Joseph Crehan in smaller roles.

Shifting from backstage theme to burlesque, BRIGHT LIGHTS contains a plot quite commonly place during the early sound era of 1929, with Paramount's THE DANCE OF LIFE and APPLAUSE immediately coming to mind. One virtually forgotten is MOLLY AND ME (Tiffany), which happens to be the earlier carnation of BRIGHT LIGHTS starring Belle Bennett and the one and only Joe E. Brown. For this version, there's extensive scenes of Brown reciting the poem, "Mousey" ; playing a dummy in a ventriloquist act participated by William B. Davidson; and Brown taking part of an acrobatic act in a night club sequence. There's a moment where one of the acrobats (The Maxellos) pushes Joe to a point of anger (looking all too real to be taken as part of the act or the movie itself) before suddenly extending out a handshake. Aside from Brown, there's Ann Dvorak as his second half of the act who showcases her ability as both actress and singer. Her dramatic moment towards the story's end is well played. Joseph Cawthorn resumes his familiarity with his accented character who adds more confusion with his broken English. Ranging from comedy to drama, the final half becomes the height of hilarity with Brown's trying efforts to retrieve a letter written to his wife he doesn't want her to read.

While not as noteworthy as other Brown comedies, or Busby Berkeley for that matter, BRIGHT LIGHTS, at 82 minutes, can be seen occasionally on cable TV's Turner Classic Movies. The best description for BRIGHT LIGHTS can be easily said through Brown's catch phrase, "Some fun." (**1/2)


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I find this? bluheron1
Discuss Bright Lights (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?