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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
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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The Most DeliriousDancing Delight Since "42nd Street" (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

21 March 1936 (USA)  »

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Colleen, A Modista  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 Love You Truly
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Carrie Jacobs Bond
A brief portion played in the "The Magic and the Mystery of Clothes" number when a bridal gown is shown
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Hugh Herbert Gets Away From His Keepers
19 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Despite the fact that Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler are the stars in their seventh and final screen pairing, the key character here is Hugh Herbert. That unfortunately is Colleen's problem.

There are times when Hugh Herbert can be extremely funny, but a whole film really shouldn't be built around him. You can overdose on Hugh Herbert.

In the Road to Zanzibar one of the gags, but far from the whole film involved Crosby and Hope getting involved with eccentric millionaire Eric Blore. He goes around just giving the family fortune away and sells them a diamond mine for a nominal cost. Like Herbert in Colleen, Blore has his keepers. But the whole film isn't built around him.

In this film the family business is run by Dick Powell for Herbert who is his uncle and Herbert's sister Louise Fazenda. They've hired a keeper in Berton Churchill who breaks away from his usual stuffy banker type and here is the essentially decent, but eternally put upon keeper.

Herbert gets involved with a couple of sharpies, Jack Oakie and Joan Blondell who take advantage of this nut job to rake in some big bucks. Ruby Keeler is the bookkeeper at a dress shop that Herbert buys for Blondell and the Powell/Fazenda/Herbert family are now guarantors of all the debts owed and accruing.

Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote some nice songs for the film that did not boast any hits at all. Dick Powell never even bothered to commercially record any of them. The finale had dancer Paul Draper cleverly worked in to partner with Ruby while Powell sang. It was always a problem with them as a team, Ruby's flat singing and the fact you'll notice Powell never danced in any of their films.

Colleen is pleasant enough entertainment, but the Powell/Keeler combination was definitely on the wane here.

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