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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
Gilbert Emery ...
Winslow
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Crane Brittony
Tito Coral ...
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
Luis Alberni ...
Sr. Vitola
Lucio Villegas ...
Señor Ricardo Lopez
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Dolores Lopez
Wade Boteler ...
Ranch foreman
Paul Harvey ...
Donovan
Joe Frye ...
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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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Filmed partially on location at Jewett Estate, 1145 Arden Road, Pasadena, California. See more »

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On race day in Buenos Aires, some shots show the infield as puddled from rain to varying degrees with the track showing the effects of a recent downpoor, while other shots show both relatively dry. See more »

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Cleo Borden: I'm gonna take a shot at this lady business and you go to help me.
Winslow: I'll do everything I can.
Cleo Borden: It'll take more than that.
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NOW I'M A LADY
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal and Sam Coslow
Sung by Mae West
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"GOIN' TO TOWN" (Alexander Hall, 1935) ***
24 November 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This was the first Mae West movie to appear after the introduction of the Production Code the year before and, given the generally held belief that this factor harmed her successive films, I was expecting to be let down by this one; indeed, while rarely scaling the heights of her best work, I found it to be a very engaging and entertaining vehicle with a fair amount of good lines.

Amusingly, this film – with the word “town” in its title – starts out way out West while West’s GO WEST YOUNG MAN (1936) starts out in a rural setting and goes rustic gradually! Interestingly enough, it features a vivid horse-racing sequence and another hilarious vignette in which West dabbles in opera singing: playing Delilah (“the only woman barber who made good”), she is prone to call out to her Samson, “Come ‘ere, Sammy!”; it’s worth mentioning here that The Marx Brothers also lampooned just these very diverse subjects for their first two big-budget MGM extravaganzas!

The plot is quite busy, especially for a 70 minute movie, with a handful of besotted males vying for the hand of wealthy oil tycoon West (who marries – and is subsequently widowed – twice during the course of the film, even if she is clearly chasing after her no-nonsense British employee Paul Cavanagh who is really an aristocrat!). Initially, I thought that Cavanagh was a curious choice for her leading man but, ultimately, he acquits himself rather well under the circumstances, and Gilbert Emery is a welcome familiar face as West’s Pygmalion (once she decides to take on the upper crust of society in her bid to win Cavanagh’s affections); incidentally, this portion of the film bears more than a passing resemblance to George Raft’s predicament in Mae West’s debut feature, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT (1932)!


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