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Cain and Mabel (1936)

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A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

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Dodo
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Reilly
Walter Catlett ...
Jake Sherman
Robert Paige ...
Ronny Cauldwell (as David Carlyle)
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Milo
Ruth Donnelly ...
Aunt Mimi
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Toddy
William Collier Sr. ...
Pop Walters
Sammy White ...
Specialty - Coney Island Number
E.E. Clive ...
Charles Fendwick
Allen Pomeroy ...
Robert Middlemass ...
Cafe Proprietor
Joseph Crehan ...
Reed's Manager
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The managers of heavyweight champion Larry Cain and Broadway musical star Mabel O'Dare scheme up a romance to give the celebrities more glamour. But the two don't hit it off, having started on the wrong foot. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@alumni.umbc.edu>

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It's the Romantic Battle of the Century with a World championship Cast! See more »


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26 September 1936 (USA)  »

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According to newspaper journalist Sheilah Graham, who reported on the making of the film in a syndicated news column, the set of the climactic "Thousand Love Songs" number was lit by 600 arc lights, bringing temperatures to 110 degrees inside the stage. Conditions caused six chorus girls to faint. Graham also described the chorus as sitting on large blocks of ice; Marion Davies had over one hundred pounds trucked in throughout the filming of the number in order to make filming easier for the dancers. See more »

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During the bout where Gable is knocked out, the camera shows the lighted round indicator. Indicating round 2, the counter changes to 8, denoting progression of time. Back on the fight, the film shows the indicator at round 7 when he is KO'ed. Never got to round 8. See more »

Quotes

Aloysius K. Reilly: [aggressively] My name's Aloysius K. Reilly!
Secretary: Well, don't get sore at me. I wasn't at the Christening.
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Remake of The Great White Way (1924) See more »

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I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Robert Paige and chorus
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Give Them The Simple Life
3 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Louis B. Mayer got some good currency lending his number one star Clark Gable out to Columbia for It Happened One Night, to 20th Century Fox for Call of the Wild and now to Warner Brothers for Cain and Mabel. Sad to say though this one doesn't measure up to the other two.

It's a musical and musicals back in the day had some truly ridiculous plots, but this one kind of defied belief. Davies is a waitress who becomes a Broadway musical star, but after a while she yearns for the simple life. Gable as he describes himself is just a gas jockey with a good punch who becomes heavyweight champion.

They get thrown together for publicity's sake due to press agent Roscoe Karns. But of course they get serious for real as it always goes in these films.

For myself I could not swallow that these two people just want to get back to their former nonentity existences. I think that would have been a bit much for Thirties theater audiences as well.

Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote two songs for the film, I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs and Coney Island, both of which get a semi Busby Berkeley treatment by dance director Bobby Connolly. My guess is that Berkeley probably passed on Cain and Mabel himself.

Look for good performances from Walter Catlett as the Broadway producer and the aforementioned Roscoe Karns. Robert Paige is in this also under the name David Carlyle and he takes care of the vocal department as Davies leading man and a pretty sappy one at that. Then again he's supposed to not get her.

Davies was very good as a light comedienne, but this material is too much for her.


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