The shop girl Emmy Grant meets the handsome doorman John Patrick O'Ryan outside of a theater and she is convinced that he is her true love. O'Ryan is a zealous medical student, soon to be a...
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The shop girl Emmy Grant meets the handsome doorman John Patrick O'Ryan outside of a theater and she is convinced that he is her true love. O'Ryan is a zealous medical student, soon to be a pediatrician, and is oblivious to Emmy's frantic attempts to gain his attention. O'Ryan is totally focused on babies. Undaunted, she 'borrows' a baby and a buggy, determined to catch O'Ryan. Written by
The film advertised on the marquee outside the theatre is _Champagne Waltz (1937)_ which was not released until January 1937, while posters promote the other Richard A. Rowland production I'd Give My Life (1936), as well as _The General Died at Dawn (1936), also released by Paramount the same year. See more »
Rare Chance to See 3 Great Forgotten Stars Performing
The surviving versions available for this movie appear truncated, perhaps for TV viewing or including as a shorter second feature. However, there is enough of it left to piece together the film. There are 3 reasons to watch this movie. First, Irene Hervey,mother of Jack Jones and wife of singer Allen, is always a first-rate actress. What she does here with fairly ordinary material is remarkable and her radiant beauty leaves one to wonder why with all her talent she wasn't a bigger star. Charles Starrett is more famous for holding the record for most movies in a western series ever made, as he portrayed the Durango Kid. Once the pride of Dartmouth College, he was handsome, muscular and a perfect Dudley Do-Right of a leading man as the legendary hunter Orion come to life. The scenes with Starrett and Hervey are cute and charming. Finally, there is one of the greatest of the vaudeville stars ever-- Irene Franklin. Chances to see Irene doing her stuff as one of the very very first female stand-up comediennes ever (ages before Joan Rivers was credited with pioneering this). We catch a glimpse of what she used to do in the 1910s here singing a bit of her early mega-hit Redhead, doing a bit of a dance and singing an absurd and funny (stop the film and listen to the lyrics carefully) about a cowboy who had a chest that was hairy but all he could think of was the prairie. For those who like to spend their nights watching the old stars and vaudeville and screen veterans, this one is a real charmer. Also watch out for scene-stealing Ferdinand Gottschalk playing the fussbudget floor manager where Irene works. And there's silent film star H. B. Warner as Charles Starrett's kindly father caught between the world of high society morality and his own kinder nature. And there's also a small role for Chicago's Queen of Radio of the 1930s Bernadene Hayes. Although micro-budgeted, this film has a lot more fun and humorous situations in it than many a high budget screwball comedy from the golden era. For those of us who like our films old, funny and rather gentle, this is a real find.
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