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Traveling Saleslady (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 March 1935 (USA)
Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Connor
Rufus Twitchell
Mrs. Twitchell
Mary Treen ...
Miss Wells
James Donlan ...
Andy McNeill
Freddie (as Gordon Elliott)
Carroll Nye ...
Harry Holman ...
Pat O'Connor's Uncle


Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin to cut into his sales. Angela wants to enter the business but he thinks women have no place in a man's world. Inventor, Elmer Niles, tries to interest Mr. Twitchell in his line of toothpaste with various cocktail flavors, but is shown the door. Angela sees the possibilities in the idea; while retaining ownership she licenses it to one of her father's business rivals under the stipulation she will go on the road for a year and sell the product. She steals her father's customers right out from under the nose of her father's best salesman, Pat O,Connor, whom she falls in love with. It's whoopee at night and all-business during the day. Claudette Ruggles, a drug-store owner, also has designs on O'Connor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They Make Business a Pleasure and They Have a Line That Will Break Down the Sales Resistance of the Nation! (original ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance






Release Date:

28 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Triunfa  »

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At about 38 and a half minutes into the movie, while Angela Twitchell and her mother are talking in the bedroom, her father's shadow can be seen standing outside the door for more than 15 seconds before he actually enters the room. This means that he should have heard their discussion, thus learning that his daughter is the saleswoman for the competition. See more »


Claudette: Darling!
Pat O'Connor: Claudette,where did you come from? Out of a crack in the wall?
Claudette: No, I go lonely for you in New York. I telephoned your office and they said you were here. So, here am I...
Pat O'Connor: Well, I'm sorry. Gee, I wish I'd have known. I'm all dated up.
Claudette: Your dated up? With whom?
Pat O'Connor: Well, eh, with the Chamber of Commerce. One of those, eh, stag affairs. Very dull.
Claudette: Don't tell me I came all the way to Detroit to twiddle my thumbs.
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The Words Are in My Heart
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Pat is at the Twitchell home for dinner
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An Early Feminist Statement
28 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

The character played by Joan Blondell wants to make it in a man's world and boy, does she! Her pompous father tells her women don't belong in business when she asks for a job -- any job. So she goes to work for his rival. And work she does! Her father is a stuffy toothpaste manufacturer. She hooks up with dizzy inventor Hugh Herbert and comes up with a plan to revolutionize the world of toothpaste. And she leases her and Herbert's services to her father's rival for a year. And then she goes to work in the title capacity.

William Gargan is likable as the salesman who is both her romantic interest and her rival. (He works for her father's company. Needless to say, she is not using her real name; so to him, she is The Enemy.) It is far from a masterpiece. But Blondell is always a delight and it's a brassy, entertaining story.

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