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Writers:
Ben Hecht (story)
Charles MacArthur (story)
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Release Date:
30 April 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"Before I tell a woman I love her, I rattle six times, like a snake." (original poster)
Plot:
A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, and his ghost must wander restlessly unless someone sheds a tear for him. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
James MacArthur obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 31 October 2010, 12:14 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
1936 Oscar for Best Original Story???? See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Noel Coward ... Anthony Mallare
Julie Haydon ... Cora Moore
Stanley Ridges ... Paul Decker
Martha Sleeper ... Julia Vivian
Ernest Cossart ... Jimmy Clay
Alexander Woollcott ... Vanderveer Veyden
Everley Gregg ... Mildred Langwiter (as Everly Gregg)
Rosita Moreno ... Carlotta
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Maurice Stern (as Edward Cinnelli)
Richard Bond ... Howard Gillette
Helen Strickland ... Mrs. Rolinson

Lionel Stander ... Rothenstien
Frank Conlan ... Massey
O.Z. Whitehead ... Calhoun
Raymond Bramley ... Felix Abrams

Harry Davenport ... Slezack
Hope Williams ... Maggie
William Ricciardi ... Luigi
Uhei Hasegawa ... Yoshiwara
Carl Schmidt ... Zither Player
Isabelle Foster ... Scrub Woman
Madame Shushkina ... Fortune Teller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Hecht ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)
Charles MacArthur ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)

Burgess Meredith ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)
Florence Robinson ... Scrub Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Hecht 
Charles MacArthur 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ben Hecht  story
Charles MacArthur  story

Produced by
Ben Hecht .... producer
Charles MacArthur .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Ellis 
 
Art Direction by
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Johnson 
 
Production Management
Arthur Rosson .... general manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Garmes .... associate director
Harold Godsoe .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Joseph I. Kane .... recorded by
 
Music Department
Frank Tours .... musical director
 

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Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Burgess Meredith.See more »
Quotes:
Anthony Mallare:She's the only woman I've ever met who seems shallower and more superficial than I am. It'll be a perfect match: two empty paper bags, belaboring each other.See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto No. 2See more »

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3 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
1936 Oscar for Best Original Story????, 10 February 2007
Author: prometheeus from Concord, California United States

It's very hard to believe that this movie won an Oscar at all.

I saw this unbelievable movie at last years San Francisco Film Noir Festival 4 in '06. The print was in decent shape.

In the opening credits an abstract image is shown with the Three Furies looking more like they are falling down rather than flying.

Coward acts like Heston in Ben Hur. Almost like the silent actors did when they had to emote their feelings without voices.The acting was so atrocious that a lot of people in the theatre watching it were laughing (including myself) outright at the badness of it.

But this was made during The Depression so there is the notion that there is hope for us all. That the bad stuff that we're in is only temporary.

However, just because a movie has won an Oscar as well as being classified as Film Noir; does not guarantee that the movie is supposed to be good.

I enjoyed seeing Lionel Stander who would later get blacklisted, show up in one of the best westerns "Once Upon A TIme in The West", then moved onto "Hart to Hart".

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