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Going Highbrow (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 August 1935 (USA)
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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Harley Marsh
June Martel ...
Sandy
Gordon Westcott ...
Sam Long
Judy Canova ...
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Mrs. Forrester Marsh
Jack Norton ...
Sinclair
Arthur Treacher ...
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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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1.37 : 1
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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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Sextette
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From "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Ross Alexander and Edward Everett Horton with revised lyrics
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A totally crappy film that is still somehow likable!
22 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is a wonderful example of a rotten plot yet wonderful characters. It appeared as if the film were actually written by two people--one for the plot and one who strictly designed the characters and wrote the dialog. As for the plot itself, it's easy to sum up with one word--"stupid". Instead of trying to describe it, just let it go with that! But as for the characters, I have always been a sucker for colorful character actors and this one has Edward Everett Horton, Guy Kibbee and Zasu Pitts (in a rather restrained performance, thank goodness). And the writers infused these characters with wonderful personalities that were very much in line with their normal screen personas. Kibbee was a not overly bright but decent "normal guy", Zasu played a bumpkin of sorts who wanted "class" and Horton played a rich but decent schemer. Together, they helped to infuse the film with enough warmth and humanity that I was able to overlook the films MANY deficiencies and just enjoy it. While this is certainly NOT a film you should rush to see, it's a very amiable time-passer and a good example of a quality B-movie.


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