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Going Highbrow (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  23 August 1935 (USA)
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Cora and Matt have tons of money and have spent a lot just to be accepted into New York society. The problem is that New York society has very little money. Matt prefers lunch counters and ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Upshaw
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Augie
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Harley Marsh
June Martel ...
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Gordon Westcott ...
Sam Long
Judy Canova ...
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Jack Norton ...
Sinclair
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Cora and Matt have tons of money and have spent a lot just to be accepted into New York society. The problem is that New York society has very little money. Matt prefers lunch counters and regular clothes to fancy dining rooms and dinner clothes, but Cora wants to be in with the '400'. So they give the cash poor, but socially prominent, Marsh's money to have a little party in their honor, and Matt hires waitress Sandy to pose as their daughter. But Harley has already meet Sandy on the sidewalk, and even though he does not know who she is, he is in love with her. But Sandy does not like him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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GUY AND ZASU GO RITZY...AND NERTZY! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Romance

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This is the first of two times that Edward Everett Horton played a character named Mr Witherspoon. The second time was in Arsenic and Old Lace. See more »

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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Guy Kibbee
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Odd, amusing, seemingly bland but pretty spicy
4 December 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

ZaSu Pitts and Guy Kibee are Kansans with money. We meet them as they've gotten off a ship in New York. Pitts wants publicity for their wealth. She wants a place in New York society, too.

Enter Edward Everett Horton. He has a plan to get them recognized. He will have a female acquaintance sponsor them -- for a price.

This is a comedy with few surprises, but I won't give any of them away.

Suffice it to say you haven't heard anything till you've heard Horton sing a love duet from "rigoletto" with Ross Alexander! Alexander plays the rich woman's freewheeling son.

The script is filled with gay double-entendres. These are both spoken (or sung!) and visual: At one point, Alexander is lifted in the air and appears in a very position position -- legs in the air. (Watch it and see for yourself.) The great Judy Canova is in it too. And can you believe it? She doesn't sing a note!


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