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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 ...
Walter 'Wally' Keen
Margaret Lee ...
Patsy Grant
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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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This short film is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Smart Money (1931). See more »

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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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You're Not the Same
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Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played during the opening credits and occasionally in the score
Performed by Walter O'Keefe at the penthouse
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A Satisfactory Little Film
18 July 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A VITAPHONE Short Subject.

A social climbing Broadway crooner thinks he's made THE SMART SET-UP when he's invited to attend a swanky Park Avenue party.

This is a fairly interesting & generally competent little film. Although Walter O'Keefe is not the most talented singer, his manner is easy to like & the songs are pleasant. The highlight comes when he's able to put a group of rich snobs very much in their places.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.


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