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Cain and Mabel (1936)

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

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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Trivia

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 »

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

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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Featured in Three Cheers for the Girls (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Much under-rated musical comedy, lots of wise cracks.
19 January 1999 | by (Sacramento, Cailfornia) – See all my reviews

Marion Davies and Clark Gable work very well together. Along with an all-star cast, CAIN AND MABEL is fast moving wise-cracking fun! The musical numbers are outrageous in presentation, especially the "I'll Sing You A Thousand Love Songs" number, which required building the largest soundstage in Hollywood (Burbank actually), Stage #7 on the Warner lot. It's not GONE WITH THE WIND, but it doesn't try to be; it's just fun.


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