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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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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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Trivia

Clark Gable had to shave his (by then) trademark mustache for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and he was kept clean shaven for this film. He grew his mustache back for San Francisco (1936). 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

Larry Cain: I'm supposed to be a fighter and what am I doing? Playing Post Office all over the front page with a dame!
Pat 'Pop' Walters: You've got to remember, champ, all the world loves a lover.
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Referenced in Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) See more »

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Here Comes Chiquita
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by the male chorus
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Major Disappointment Considering the Cast
6 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cain and Mabel (1936)

** (out of 4)

Extremely flat comedy-musical about a heavyweight boxer (Clark Gable) and a Broadway star (Marion Davies) who hate one another but agree to a "relationship" to boost their career. The publicity of their relationship gets more people to come watch their business but soon the two enemies start to really fall in love, which just sets off more problems. It's rather amazing that at this point in her career Davies was still getting top-billing and even over Gable who had won an Oscar two years earlier and was one of the biggest box-office draws in the world. With that said, the two might be legends but there isn't a pinch of chemistry between the two and the screenplay is do downright lame that you wish it would end shortly after it started. The screenplay is a real mess as the story is so predictable that you can't help but feel bored but what's even worse is that the "story" of the two enemies dating doesn't happen until nearly the 50-minute mark. Everything leading up to the story starting are a bunch of scenes that really don't add up to anything including the incredibly bland opening sequence where Davies is a waitress who gets fired and then accidentally ends up in the Broadway show. What was the point of this? I'm going to guess that someone wanted more comedy sequences so this was thrown in but not a single frame of it is funny. There are a lot of comic moments in the film but sadly the majority of them fall flat on their face. The only saving grace are a couple good one-liners from the supporting players like Allen Jenkins and Roscoe Karns. Gable, as you'd expect, delivers a pretty good performance as he has no trouble pulling off the tough boxer role. Davies, on the other hand, is miscast and never fits the role. The comedy type here just isn't her thing so she kills the majority of the jokes and even worse is that the entire film is built around here character and she simply can't carry things. Her and Gable seem like brothers and sisters and never really seem comfortable with one another. Another head-scratcher is that there are some gigantic musical numbers that are downright horrid and stop the film in its tracks. I'm really not sure what the point of all of these were unless, again, someone wanted to show her off as a singer. Yeah, it seems someone had a boyfriend who really forced this film all around.


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