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The Golden Arrow (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 23 May 1936 (USA)
A cafeteria cashier is hired by a cosmetic firm's publicity agent to live the life of Daisy Appleby, heiress to a fortune. Gossip about her will keep the Appleby name in the forefront. She ... See full summary »

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Tommy Blake
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Hortense Burke-Meyers
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Miss Pommesby
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Jorgenson
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Aubrey Rutherford (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
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A cafeteria cashier is hired by a cosmetic firm's publicity agent to live the life of Daisy Appleby, heiress to a fortune. Gossip about her will keep the Appleby name in the forefront. She proposes a marriage of convenience to reporter Johnny Jones (she can avoid fortune hunters, on her wealth he can write his novel). Johnny is unwilling to play escort at all her social affairs. After he is arrested for speeding, and on probation, she insists on it. In spite, he makes advances toward Hortense, the daughter of an oil tycoon, who tells him Daisy is a phoney. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Here She Is! The 1935 Academy Award Winner in her first picture since winning filmdom's highest honor - - the story of that famous "richest girl in the world" from Michael Arlen's daring tale of Florida's frenzied socialites!

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After being called back for retakes with George Brent in which they both had black eyes for comedic effect, Davis broke her contract and fled to England where she was sued by Warner Bros. for breach of contract. See more »

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What a gig
7 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Golden Arrow casts Bette Davis and George Brent as a typical 30s heiress who abounded in so many films and the reporter who married her. Heiresses and reporters, ever since It Happened One Night they were together in movies like ham and eggs.

But there's an interesting twist on it here. Davis is a pseudo-heiress hired by Henry O'Neill to play his daughter and live the good life as a walking breathing advertisement for his cosmetics. Of course reporters are to be avoided as they tend to get curious and ask embarrassing questions. But Davis falls for Brent and they marry.

After which like Tyrone Power in Love Is News and That Wonderful Urge he becomes the object of press scrutiny. Now George knows how the boyfriends of Madonna and Paris Hilton feel.

This screwball comedy is not the best of material for Davis and Brent who certainly did some classics later on. But it's passably amusing and Bette's fans will like it.


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