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To Beat the Band (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 November 1935 (USA)
An eccentric heir must marry a widow in order to collect the millions left to him in his aunt's will, so a suicidal neighbor agrees to marry the man's young fiancée before offing himself.

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Hugo Twist / Elizabeth Twist
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Mrs. Freeda McCrary
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Larry Barry
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Fred Carson
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Hawkins
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Barbara Shelby
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McCrory
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An eccentric heir must marry a widow in order to collect the millions left to him in his aunt's will, so a suicidal neighbor agrees to marry the man's young fiancée before offing himself.

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Os Milhões da Herança  »

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Made it's New York TV debut on 2 October 1956 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »

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If You Were Mine
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Surprisingly Funny
29 May 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Hugh Herbert wants to inherit fifty-nine million dollars, but to collect he needs to marry a widow, and he wants to marry his unwidowed fiancée. Fortunately, Roger Pryor wants to kill himself and offers himself as a very temporary husband.

It's a poorly put together farce and you can see the joints of the constructed plots as people with no comic talent run through canned gags. Fortunately, it has three great comics to make it work: Hugh Herbert, Eric Blore (playing Herbert's snide butler) and Helen Broderick. It also has some songs with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer, who gets to perform a solo. Their shticks keep the thing very watchable despite the occasional strange production number.


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