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The Smart Set-Up (1931)

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A womanizing night club singer who has his pick of many beautiful showgirls tries to climb socially and break into society but soon discovers the social and class differences are insurmountable.

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Walter O'Keefe ...
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Margaret Lee ...
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A womanizing night club singer who has his pick of many beautiful showgirls tries to climb socially and break into society but soon discovers the social and class differences are insurmountable.

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Walter 'Wally' Keen: You know there's something about you that's different. When you tell a fella something, he can believe it.
Patsy Grant: Oh, I don't know. Maybe it's because you haven't been in hot water as long as the rest of them, and so you're not hardboiled.
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Written by Irving Berlin
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Telling Off The Shallow Snobs
9 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was excellent, far exceeding anything I expected. Many of these short films were added to the theater features in hopes of promoting someone. Well, that didn't happen with Walter O'Keefe or anyone else in here, I don't think, but this was still an excellent short movie.

O'Keefe plays "Wally Keen," a crooner who wants to better himself. Rich people hear him sing at a nightclub and ask if he'll sing at their private parties. He's always willing since it could prove profitable. However, when he tries to mingle with the folks after his act, he's snubbed by everyone. They like his singing but don't care to hob-knob with the lower class, so to speak.

How he handles this by telling the group off is pretty cool. He does it with a story about a mythical kingdom where there are two kinds of people. His audience gets the message.

Earlier in the film, O'Keefe sings a song or two and is excellent. However, his acting is suspect. In one scene where he has a serious talk with his girlfriend, he stumbles through several lines like he forgot them. This must have been a low-budget effort for the director not to re-shoot the scene! Nonetheless, he was fun to watch, and so were all the scantily- clad show girls! Wowza!

This is a bonus feature on the feature film DVD of "Smart Money," which stars Edward G. Robinson.


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