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False Pretenses (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 22 October 1935 (USA)
A girl who's just lost her job meets a drunk millionaire on a bridge who's just lost his money. They go back to his house, and eventually come up with a plan to benefit them both: he'll ... See full summary »

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A girl who's just lost her job meets a drunk millionaire on a bridge who's just lost his money. They go back to his house, and eventually come up with a plan to benefit them both: he'll scrounge enough money together to teach her how to be a lady, and then introduce her to his rich friends so she can snag a husband, after which she'll pay him a finder's fee. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@myway.com

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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS 31 July 1940; post WWII NYC television viewers got their first look at it Sunday 7 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) See more »

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Mary Beekman: I knew when I met you tonight that you'd come in handy.
Kenneth Alden: Well that's very kind of you.
Mary Beekman: But I couldn't figure out how until a minute ago. I suppose you know everyone in the social register don't you?
Kenneth Alden: Well everyone worth knowing. Of course that eliminates most of them.
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When two scams collide
16 June 2007 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

The plot for this movie has been used numerous times before and numerous times since. It's the old 'poor girl' passes herself off as 'rich girl' in order to meet 'rich guy' who in turn is not so rich himself and is hoping to meet a 'rich girl' of his own.

It was nice to see Edward Gargan in one of his usual slow witted character roles. This time around he plays a truck driver who has a very short almost non existent fuse which offsets some of his geniality.

The early scenes between Irene Ware and Sidney Blackmer have some nice repartee particularly in the cooking scene. However most of the later dialogue in the film is fairly flat and standard.

It all wraps up in about 64 minutes so you won't invest a whole lot of time or effort into seeing this through to the end.


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