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The Golden Arrow (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 23 May 1936 (USA)
It's the Florida party season for heiresses, with both Oklahoma oil heiress Hortense Burke-Meyers and New York face cream heiress Daisy Appleby in the state. And where the single American ... See full summary »

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Mr. Meyers
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Tommy Blake
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Hortense Burke-Meyers
Catherine Doucet ...
Miss Pommesby
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Jorgenson
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Count Guilliano
G.P. Huntley ...
Aubrey Rutherford (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
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DeWolfe
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Davis
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Alfred Parker
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It's the Florida party season for heiresses, with both Oklahoma oil heiress Hortense Burke-Meyers and New York face cream heiress Daisy Appleby in the state. And where the single American heiresses are, the European bachelor set wanting their hand in marriage are close at hand. While nouveau riche, uncouth Hortense courts the attention, the excitement and the European bachelors clamoring after her, Daisy is more reclusive, wanting to stay out of the party scene and limelight by hiding aboard her yacht. Daisy desperately wants to marry for love, and not marry because it makes good print (and thus sell more face cream for her father), especially as she knows those European men are only after her money. So Daisy offers a proposition to Johnny Jones, a Florida Star newspaper reporter she befriends: marry her out of convenience. What she wants is that marriage license to dissuade all those European suitors while she quietly searches for that true love, a man with simple, American values. ... Written by Huggo

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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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In the opening credits, the hotel registration card and the newspaper story, the surname of the Oklahoma oil family is spelled Burke-Meyers. In the magazine that Daisy is reading at the approximate 52 minute mark of the movie, the surname is spelled Burke-Myers. See more »

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Opening credits appear over the silhouette of a woman...with what seems to be her own shadow to the right. See more »

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Referenced in All About Bette (1994) See more »

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Pettin' in the Park
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[Playing while Daisy and Johnny are on the Loop-O-Plane ride]
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The Stars Deserved Better Material
14 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Golden Arrow (1936)

** (out of 4)

Pleasant, if rather forgettable, romantic comedy from Warner has a heiress (Bette Davis) growing tired of people controlling her life so she hits the town with a reporter (George Brent) who had previously tried to get a story from her. While out the duo have a good time and the rich lady requests that they get married for convenience sake but the reporter requests that he not use any of her money. The plot of this thing is rather stupid and goes in all sorts of directions. While the film remains entertaining thanks to the stars, one can't help but feel that their talents are being wasted in such a minor film like this. Again, if you're a fan of Davis or Brent then you're going to at least be entertained from start to finish but this is clear case where the studio factory was just pumping out material without putting too much effort into it. The film starts off well enough as Davis does a very good job playing the fun loving girl who's just wanting to get out from under the control that people have on her. I thought the scenes with her and Brent at the fair were a lot of fun and it really did seem as if the two stars were having a blast. The film certainly takes a nose dive after the marriage as the screwball elements start to come into play and they just don't contain any spark or laughs. I thought the material just wasn't strong enough and Brent's constant hissy fits were more annoying than charming. Both leads are very good together and we get some nice support from Dick Foran and Eugene Palette but the story lets them all down.


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