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Colleen (1936)

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The Ames Company makes every effort to keep Uncle Cedric away from any decisions or work. This is in the best interests for him and the company. Trouble starts when he hires a schemer named... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Donald Ames 3rd
Colleen Reilly
Jack Oakie ...
Joe Cork
Minnie Hawkins
Cedric Ames
Louise Fazenda ...
Alicia Ames
Paul Draper ...
Paul Gordon
Marie Wilson ...
Luis Alberni ...
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Berton Churchill ...
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Pop Reilly
Addison Richards ...
Charles Coleman ...


The Ames Company makes every effort to keep Uncle Cedric away from any decisions or work. This is in the best interests for him and the company. Trouble starts when he hires a schemer named Joe as his personal assistant and then a gal named Minnie who loves fashion. He buys Minnie a dress shop where Colleen is the bookkeeper and scandal soon follows. When Donald goes to shut down the shop, he doesn't as he is infatuated by Colleen. Colleen runs the shop and fashion shows and starts to make a profit, but Minnie starts a scandal when Cedric tries to adopt her, but doesn't - much to the horror of Alicia and the amusement of the press. Then Joe sues Donald for the loss of Colleen's affection. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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21 March 1936 (USA)  »

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The running time at a press preview was 100 minutes, but it was cut to 89 minutes before release. See more »


Edited into Six Hits and a Miss (1942) See more »


I Don't Have to Dream Again
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Dick Powell and chorus and danced by chorus
Sung as "The Magic and the Mystery of Clothes" by Ruby Keeler
Danced by Ruby Keeler and Paul Draper
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A disaster!
19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I cannot find much to say about this movie. For a supposedly WB event Dick Powell/Ruby Keeler, it is very cheap looking as if all the money went into extravagant looking Bubsy Berkeley inspired number that is dull. Worse of all, it is not funny and the songwriting fail to deliver one memorable song (they all sound the same; heck they seem as though they were recycled from other Dick powell hits). This was the end of Dick powell, once this movie seriously underperformed. (I don't know if it bombed). The plot - what there is of it - has Uncle Cedric who is pulled in by a golddigger,Joan Blondell and is taken away from the focus of his business, by the golddigger who uses sex -it's implied - to make her a daughter and thus an inheritor. Dick Powell is the one brought in to look over the business and falls for his Uncle's secretary, Ruby Keeler -Dick and Ruby were married at the time - and snoop out the golddiggers. His relationship with this lower class girll who is also an upcoming fashion designer creates a scandal and you can figure out the rest. This film contains a lot of bad crooning and extremely ineffeciently displaying of ugly tap dancing. Dick Powell is much better in Hollywood Hotel. But avoid Cowboy in Brooklyn and Going places. It wouldn't be long before Dickie's contract was not renewed an d he left WB.

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