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Colleen (1936)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 21 March 1936 (USA)
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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Colleen Reilly
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Joe Cork
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Minnie Hawkins
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Cedric Ames
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Alicia Ames
Paul Draper ...
Marie Wilson ...
Mabel
Luis Alberni ...
Carlo
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Noggin
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Logan
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Pop Reilly
Addison Richards ...
Schuyler
Charles Coleman ...
Butler
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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 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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Colleen, A Modista  »

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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 »

Quotes

Minnie Hawkins: Well, smart-aleck, aren't you going to do something? What about "London, Paris, Vienna in the spring..."?
Joe Cork: Ah, this is bad, this is serious...
Minnie Hawkins: I didn't have to come here to find that out.
Joe Cork: [with a pondering expression] I got it! Somethin's gotta' be done. Something brilliant, a stroke of genius!
Minnie Hawkins: What, for instance?
Joe Cork: I'll tell ya' after.
Minnie Hawkins: After what?
Joe Cork: After I think about it myself.
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Edited into Six Hits and a Miss (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

An Evening with You
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell
Played also as background music
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Not that bad
11 July 2004 | by (Burlington, Canada) – See all my reviews

Sorry to have to disagree with the "disaster" rating in the previous "user comments". Just for the record, Dick Powell/Ruby Keeler musical comedies aren't supposed to have thick plots.

This film is supposed to be a light hearted musical comedy for the depression-era audience, and that is just what it is. I'll grant you that the musical numbers aren't as memorable as other Powell/Keeler films(by the way, they were never married - Powell married Joan Blondell that year). I'd also say that Paul Draper's tap dancing is a cut below the flowing moves of Fred Astaire.

However, the film has some redeeming comedic value. Hugh Herbert is a gem of a bumbling business executive, and Joan Blondell was in her element as Jack Oakie's conniving sidekick.

Overall, I found this film to be quite acceptable.


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