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Doughnuts and Society (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 27 March 1936 (USA)
Kate Flannagan (Louise Fazenda) and Belle Dugan (Maude Eburne)operate a downtown coffee shop and, while dispensing their locally-famous doughnuts, engage in their favorite pastime, friendly... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Kate Flannagan
Belle Dugan
Joan Dugan
Jerry Flannagan (as Eddie Nugent)
Mrs. Murray Hill
Ivan Petroff (as Rafael Corio)
Harold Minjir ...
Olaf Hytten ...
Miss Bradley (as Claudelle Kaye)
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Kate Flannagan (Louise Fazenda) and Belle Dugan (Maude Eburne)operate a downtown coffee shop and, while dispensing their locally-famous doughnuts, engage in their favorite pastime, friendly quarreling between themselves. This changes when Belle suddenly becomes heir to a small fortune which allows her to crash high-society and make her daughter,Joan, a débutante. This creates a rift between the two former partners, with the result that the proud Kate refuses to accept her friend's good fortune nor allow her son, Jerry, who is in love with Joan,to do so. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance






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27 March 1936 (USA)  »

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Stepping Into Society  »

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in Washington DC Thursday 29 January 1948 on WMAL (Channel 7), and in New York City Friday 6 February 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Remake of Caught Short (1930) See more »

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Louise Fazenda is always worth a look
10 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This "B" filmed by Mascot and released by Republic is no better and no worse than some of the "A" comedies and most of the programmers made at the major studios at the time. This is not to say, however, that it is any kind of lost gem. On the contrary, it's routine and the filming is mundane. But the plot - streamlined, slightly complicated, and satirical - sometimes rises to the level of better films, and the screenplay contains an occasional sharp line ("Everyone will be here. The very cream of society." "The cream of today becomes the cheese of tomorrow."). Still, it also contains too poorly paced bits and broad humor. Some of this, however, is the fault of the inadequate direction by Lewis D. Collins.

The delight of the film is Louise Fazenda. A veteran from the earliest silent comedies - her career dates from 1913 - and a solid supporting player in musicals and comedies, Fazenda plays her part with an interesting range: adept physical comedy to poignant moments of pure drama. Her pairing with Maude Eburne is uneven: occasionally, the two hit a rhythm that's fun to watch; yet, as often, they totally miss the mark. Eburne seems at fault here, occasionally playing her character with the wrong tone and inadequate line-readings.

Other positive points of the film include the casting of a young Ann Rutherford and the always-reliable Franklin Pangborne. Still, it's worth a look for Fazenda.

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