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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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 ...
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E.E. Clive ...
Charles Fendwick
Allen Pomeroy ...
Robert Middlemass ...
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Joseph Crehan ...
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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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26 September 1936 (USA)  »

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Caim e Mabel  »

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Despite being a financial and critical disappointment, this film's production was a great source of publicity for Warner Brothers, particularly when it came to the expansion of Stage 16, so that the musical number "A Thousand Love Songs" could be filmed there. Sheilah Graham, a syndicated entertainment columnist, reported that raising the stage 35 feet in height took four weeks (with 200) workers, and cost $300,000. 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

Milo, the Stage Manager: I'm gonna give hat girl a crack at Toddy Williams part.
Jacob 'Jake' Sherman: You're not on the level, are you?
Milo, the Stage Manager: I certainly am.
Milo, the Stage Manager: But there's a hundred girls can dance better than that.
Jacob 'Jake' Sherman: Well, what of it? She's got pep, she's refreshing, and she crtainly is a new face.
Milo, the Stage Manager: A new face - yeah - but she's gotta dance with her feet.
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Shadow Waltz
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Just doesn't make good any which way
3 April 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The picture seems to be put together from a lot of other pictures (musicals, boxing, backstage on Broadway, romance), but the pieces are of little interest in themselves and don't fit well together.

To me, the many quick jokes are the best part of the picture. Also good are a dance number (in which Marion Davies is clearly outmatched), Roscoe Karns as a PR man, and Allen Jenkins as Clark Gable's boxing trainer.


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