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Times Square Lady (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Music | 8 March 1935 (USA)
Toni Bradley comes to New York City, from a small town in Iowa, to take over her late father's estate and sporting business, which is primarily gambling on sports events, with a lot of the ... See full summary »

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Margo Heath
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Jack Kramer (as Jack LaRue)
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Mr. Fielding
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Ed Brennan
Fred Kohler ...
'Dutch' Meyers
Robert Elliott ...
'Brick' Culver
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Ed Brady ...
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Toni Bradley comes to New York City, from a small town in Iowa, to take over her late father's estate and sporting business, which is primarily gambling on sports events, with a lot of the odds reduced beforehand by henchmen who make offer that can't be turned down by the participants in the games. A group of her father's associates, led by Steve Gordon and Jack Kramer, are trying to take the properties away from her by saying they are running at a loss or just too troublesome to handle. But with the aid of a songwriter, Pinky Tomlin' and his girlfriend, "Babe" Heath, Toni fights back and Steve soon turns to her side, also. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DRAMA FLAMES as a Girl from Iowa Assumes the Throne of "King" Bradley - Iron-Fisted Master of a Million Dollar Night Life Empire! (original poster) See more »


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8 March 1935 (USA)  »

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Lobos de New York  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Toni and Pinky are out driving in the country, the rear projection scene behind them simply freezes (instead of slowing down and stopping) when Pinky's car runs out of gas. See more »

Soundtracks

The Object Of My Affection
(1934) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Pinky Tomlin, Coy Poe and Jimmy Grier
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played by the band at the Casa Nova Cafe and sung by Pinky Tomlin and Frank Hayes
Reprised there by Pinky Tomlin and danced to by Robert Taylor and Virginia Bruce and other couples
Hummed by Robert Taylor
Reprised by Pinky Tomlin while milking a cow
Played as background music often
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Any Time He Holds My Hand And Tells Me That He's Mine
10 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Though he was hardly a name to put above the title as yet, Robert Taylor's first film in which he is first billed is Times Square Lady. He plays a Broadway sharpie who used to work for an entertainment/sports tycoon who has just died and left the whole enterprise to his daughter, Virginia Bruce. From what is described in the film, Virginia's father was a combination of Tex Rickard and Billy Rose.

He's left all kinds of businesses to his daughter, including a nightclub that Taylor runs. The rest of the gang consists of such various types of Hollywood villainy as Henry Kolker, Russell Hopton, Raymond Hatton, and Jack LaRue. The idea is for these guys to low ball the success and future prospects, get Bruce to sell to them and then turn around and sell the whole package to a rival promoter. Taylor's job is to romance Bruce which he undertakes and that of course is not seen in a good light by his girlfriend, Helen Twelvetrees.

The romance angle was easy for Taylor as he and Virginia Bruce were involved at the time. Virginia Bruce was in the process of getting divorced from John Gilbert when she and Taylor were kanoodling. Taylor does a fine job in the role, that major stardom was in his future was not even questioned.

But more than a big step up in Robert Taylor's career, Times Square Lady is the film in the song The Object Of My Affection was introduced by Pinky Tomlin who also wrote part of the lyric. This is an enduring classic, still as popular today as it was back then. Why it wasn't nominated in that second year of the Best Song category is a mystery.

A key film in the rise of a great career and an enduring popular song, most films don't have either of those things to their credit.


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