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Goin' to Town (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 25 April 1935 (USA)
Former dance hall queen Cleo Borden, newly rich, falls for and pursues an upper-crust Englishman.

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Edward Carrington
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Winslow
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Mrs. Crane Brittony
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Taho
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Ivan Valadov
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Buck Gonzales
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Fletcher Colton
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Young Stud
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Señor Ricardo Lopez
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Dolores Lopez
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When her fiancée Buck Gonzales is killed, dance hall queen Cleo Borden inherits his wealth. Included are oil wells supervised by British engineer Carrington, whom Cleo sets out to win by becoming a "lady." She races her horse in Buenos Aires, gains social position by loveless marriage to bankrupt Colton, and even sings in an opera. But when she meets Carrington again, he's become the Earl of Stratton... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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How Am I Doin'?  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Monday 21 September 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); it San Francisco it was first aired Saturday 27 August 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was released on DVD 4 April 2006 as one of five titles in Universal's Mae West: The Glamour Collection, and again 8 March 2016 as one of nine titles in Universal's Mae West: The Essential Collection. See more »

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When Cleo plays roulette, the croupier calls, "Nineteen red. Quatorze rouge." Nineteen would be "dix-neuf." Quatorze is fourteen. See more »

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Cleo Borden: I guess these guys must be gentlemen. They all got white shirts on.
Winslow: Clothes alone don't make the gentleman.
Cleo Borden: I've found that out.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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MON COEUR S'OEUVRE A TA VOIX
from "SAMSON ET DALILA"
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Sung by Mae West and Vladimar Bykoff
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Mae West Does It Again!
30 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is really a Mae West vehicle and you can see how she inspired today's stars like Madonna and even Lady Gaga with her dazzling outfits and costumes. Mae West had a style like nobody else and was incredibly talented besides her looks. She was a screenwriter who developed her own projects in order to suit her. In this film, she plays a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who ends up from rags to riches. Along the way, she wants high society's acceptance even of her bawdy behavior and attitudes. Her character might be ill-bred, ill-mannered, and raunchy with jokes but she's entertaining and talented with her singing voice. I wonder if it was her real voice. She's going to climb high society even if it means doing it her way. Mae West is one of the great movie stars during the Great Depression and we can see why people flocked to see her films.


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