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Cain and Mabel (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 September 1936 (USA)
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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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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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 »

Goofs

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

Mabel O'Dare: How do they look?
[Serves two eggs, sunnyside up]
Aloysius K. Reilly: I've seen Greta Garbo and the Mona Lisa; but, those are the most beautiful eyes I've ever looked into.
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Remake of The Great White Way (1924) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Sung by the chorus during the grand production number
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Snappy Comedy
19 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marion Davies and Clark Gable star together in a second film as a Broadway star and a prize fighter who get tricked into a phony publicity romance to increase their box office draw.

Lots of snappy lines here as the 2 stars go through their paces, accompanied by a solid supporting cast. Plus Davies gets to star is two lavish production numbers. The Coney Island romp is fun with Davies singing and dancing with Sammy White. The Thousand Love Songs number is built on a huge stage (biggest ever, according to Marion Davies expert, Nick Langdon). Too bad the dance double is badly done. Still a lot of fun all round.

Ruth Donnelly, William Collier, Allen Jenkins, Pert Kelton, Robert Paige (billed as David Carlyle), Hobart Cavanaugh, Marie Prevost, E.E. Clive, and Roscoe Karns co-star. Sammy White is terrific in the Coney Island number, following up a great turn in SHOW BOAT with Irene Dunne.

Davies would make only one more film after CAIN AND MABEL.


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