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Chatterbox (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 January 1936 (USA)
Jenny has always been fascinated with the stage, especially since her mother was a famous actress. She learns that a theatrical company is putting on the play that included her mother's ... See full summary »

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Uriah Lowell
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Mr. Archie Fisher
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Lillian Temple
George Offerman Jr. ...
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Jenny has always been fascinated with the stage, especially since her mother was a famous actress. She learns that a theatrical company is putting on the play that included her mother's most famous role. She leaves home to join the company. The trouble is, she doesn't realize that the producers consider the moth-eaten play high camp, while Jenny is taking the whole thing seriously. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Long Ago Ladies  »

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Henry Brandon was in a Hollywood Reporter production chart as a cast member (listed as Henry Kleinbach), but he was not in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Wanderlust (2006) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
(1848)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on a banjo in the New York show and sung by the maid
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see it for the big names, not for the story
3 July 2017 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Some big names in "Chatterbox" - Anne Shirley is Jenny, trying to get away from an impossible situation. Lucy is in here as a very blond "Lillian Temple", in one of her earlier, credited roles. Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of OZ !) is "Tippy", the kindly landlady. Erik Rhodes, who made those fun, silly, films with Gene Raymond and Ann Sothern, is here, speaking in his own, regular voice. I think this is the first time I have heard him speak without using a silly, out-landish accent. Rhodes is "Fisher", directing the group of actors in which Jenny so badly wants to act. What Jenny doesn't realize is that she is the comedic part of a show she has always taken seriously, since her mother was in it years ago. It's fun to see the big names in this one, but the story itself is pretty lame... like the episode (every episode) of "Threes Company" where things could have been cleared up SO much earlier if any one of ten people had said one simple thing. anyhoo. It's okay. Nothing too special. Directed by George Nichols... died quite young (42) after a car crash.


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