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First a Girl (1935)

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Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean... See full summary »

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Princess Mironoff
Griffith Jones ...
Robert
Alfred Drayton ...
Mr. McLintock
Constance Godridge ...
Beryl
Eddie Gray ...
Goose Trainer
Martita Hunt ...
Madame Seraphina
Donald Stewart ...
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Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean actor and another audition victim. When Victor quite unexpectedly gets a female part in a music-hall number he unfortunately finds himself voiceless. Why wouldn't Elizabeth replace it? His new friend hesitates but finally makes her debut as ... a man posing for a woman! She is noticed by McLintock, an influential talent agent who hires Mr. Victoria (Elizabeth's stage name) and launches his/her brilliant international career. One day, Robert, a handsome young man engaged to Princess Mironoff, makes friends with this young man posing as a woman posing as a man ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Musical

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31 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mulher Antes de Tudo  »

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The long scarf worn prominently by Sonnie Hale during the early scenes had been knitted for him by Jessie Matthews on the set of her previous film, Evergreen (1934). See more »

Goofs

Elizabeth's hands pose differently between shots when Victor brings medicine to her. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: I'm not going. I can't do it.
Victor: Do what?
Elizabeth: I can't be a man all my life!
Victor: But you'll have time off. And you can knit and knit to your heart's content...
Elizabeth: But think what you're asking me!
Victor: [gazes upward as he quotes] "There's a tide in the affairs of men" -
[descending temporarily to earth]
Victor:
  • and women - "if taken at the flood, leads on to fortune..."



Elizabeth: Tides go out - don't they?
Victor: This'll be a spring one!
[...]
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Remade as Victor Victoria (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Rosen und Liebe
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Music by Franz Doelle
Lyrics by Bruno Balz
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A forgotten gem !
24 January 2006 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

As I am French it is a little difficult for me to write in English (please forgive me !). However I would like to say that this movie is my favorite among the musicals from the 30's. Jessie Matthews, as good singer as dancer, is charming and "piquant". Her partner, Sonnie Hale, is absolutely hilarious, especially when singing the lovely melody "everything's in rhythm in my heart". Besides, the romance between Elizabeth (J. Matthews) and Robert - quite smart ! - (Griffith Jones) is much more glamorous than the one in VICTOR VICTORIA by Blake Edwards. No need to say I highly recommend FIRST A GIRL as it is, according to me, a genuine gem ! Unfortunately, there is no DVD of this movie in my country :-(


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