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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
Marjorie Gateson ...
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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Sr. Vitola
Lucio Villegas ...
Señor Ricardo Lopez
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Dolores Lopez
Wade Boteler ...
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Donovan
Joe Frye ...
Laughing Eagle (jockey)
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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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25 April 1935 (USA)  »

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How Am I Doin'?  »

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Much is made of the exact date of Cleo's party - August 17 - which happens to be Mae West's birthday. See more »

Goofs

When Edward Carrington brings the maps to Cleo's ranch house Cleo lights a cigarette, smokes a few puffs, and flicks the cigarette away, but the cigarette reappears for a few seconds in the following reverse angle shot. See more »

Quotes

Edward Carrington: You possess an extraordinary sense of humor.
Cleo Borden: Yes, and that ain't all.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"I'm A Good Woman For A Bad Man"
6 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In Going' To Town Mae West enacts her own version of the Horatio Alger story. She rises from dance hall queen, to millionaire, to high society, and finally to a title. Mae starts this rise by being a 'good woman to a bad man'.

The bad man is Fred Kohler who mixed cattle rustling with a lot of legitimate money and pays the ultimate price. He leaves everything to his fiancé Mae West. It's the beginning of her rise.

All the time she's got her eye fixed on Englishman Paul Cavanaugh who she knows as the engineer drilling for oil on Kohler's and now her property. She doesn't know at first he's an heir to a title, but she finds out soon enough.

Mae really comes into her own in this film. In previous films she had George Raft and Cary Grant twice as leading men. Going' To Town is a film she carries all by herself.

Cavanaugh is the film's weakness. Not a strong enough personality to be a lead, one can't figure out why Mae's so set on him. Someone like Leslie Howard would have really given that part some character. And what a team that would have been.

Still this film is all Mae West. And that's all you need.


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