Goin' to Town (1935)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Carrington
Gilbert Emery ...
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Crane Brittony
Tito Coral ...
Ivan Valadov
Fred Kohler ...
Buck Gonzales
Fletcher Colton
Young Stud
Luis Alberni ...
Sr. Vitola
Lucio Villegas ...
Señor Ricardo Lopez
Mona Rico ...
Dolores Lopez
Wade Boteler ...
Ranch foreman
Paul Harvey ...
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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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

25 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How Am I Doin'?  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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. See more »


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 »


Edward Carrington: You know, this is the first time I ever came in contact with a woman like you.
Cleo Borden: Well, if I can help it, it won't be the last.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »


Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Sung by Mae West and Vladimar Bykoff
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Despite the constant changes in locale, Mae West's Going' to Town still has plenty of her ample charms to compensate
30 May 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is the third of the Mae West movies on the 5-film, 2-disc collection I just watched and I just found out, the first made after the Production Code became a bit more strict. It's a bit of a mess, to tell the truth what with the change in locales from the Wild West to South America to Southampton. And some of the plot points confused me. But as long as Ms. West manages to keep her zingers at the ready and get some good songs in, to boot, this is still a pretty enjoyable outing for her. And it's always fun to see her give it to the snobbish society ladies, that's for sure! The men, for the most part, are pretty interchangeable but really, there's still plenty to enjoy in Going' to Town.

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