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Hats Off (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  6 December 1936 (USA)
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Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been assigned to stir up publicity for separate exhibitions at the 1936 Texas Centennial.



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Cast overview:
Mary Jo Allen
Jimmy Maxwell
Helen Lynd ...
Ginger Connolly
Luis Alberni ...
Caesar Rosero
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Buzz Morton (as Skeets Gallagher)
Mr. Churchill
Robert Middlemass ...
Tex Connelly
J.D. Murdock
Clarence Wilson ...
C.D. Pottingham
Three Radio Rogues ...
Comic Trio (as The Three Radio Rogues)


Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been assigned to stir up publicity for separate exhibitions at the 1936 Texas Centennial.

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Comedy | Music


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6 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cappelli in aria  »

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1.37 : 1
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Hats Off
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
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A Cactus Musical
20 March 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Grand National, that very modern but mismanaged Hollywood mini major from just 1935-38, looked like they just might give Republic and Universal and Columbia a serious run for their place in the mid thirties. Lucky enough to score James Cagey for a few films: GREAT GUY and SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT, this funny lively well made musical ....a bit like WHOOPEE and pre-empting GIRL CRAZY showed they meant box office business in all forms of films..from tough guy pix to westerns and musical combos of both. HATS OFF is a modern day musical about publicity, a female reporter spying on a rival town's major business and manufacturing show... and falling for the architect played by a very young and handsome John Payne. It sort of loses the thread of the story about 2/3 of the way through but it is a very likable film with terrific sets and costumes especially in the nightclub musical scenes.

Sadly they went broke by overspending on their Cagney musical SOMETHING (above) and lost $800k. they never recovered and went out of the biz in 1939. Their studio became PRC. Had Grand National survived, they would have lasted well into the TV era and produced a lot of solidly made films. Check that logo! one of the best and most exciting ever on the front of any film!

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