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Hats Off (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 6 December 1936 (USA)
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:
Jo Allen
Jimmy Maxwell
Helen Lynd ...
Ginger Connolly
Luis Alberni ...
Buzz Morton (as Skeets Gallagher)
Mr. Churchill
Robert Middlemass ...
Tex Connelly
Mr. Murdock
Clarence Wilson ...
Mr. Pottingham
Val Stanton ...
Ernie Stanton ...
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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Release Date:

6 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cappelli in aria  »

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Sound Mix:

| (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its initial USA telecast Sunday 22 February 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the West Coast its earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Monday 10 March 1947 on Don Lee's still experimental W6XAO (Channel 2). See more »


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
Sung by Mae Clarke and John Payne
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26 April 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

This is a bit of an odd curio, in the fact that this is looks to be an attempted at a high-polished musical by a low rent studio. The Results are mixed here. Some of the songs are rather low rent.. I mean, the Twinkle Twinkle bit is nothing short of stupid, and the final number is just plain boring, but the boxing number and the bar sequence are fun, though implausible (How can a boxing match be commentated by a sextet?) The story is screams 1930s, about dueling fairs in nearby cities, and their attempts to outdo each other. John Payne and Mae Clarke play the publicists of the two fairs, and they try to outdo each other, and try to hire the famous show creator Bosero. Naturally, skulduggery follows. Mae Clarke is okay I suppose, and John Payne plays his Jimmy Stewart imitation quite well, What somewhat fails them is the potholes in the script, like there are incredible leaps in comprehension, how exactly was the Texas tycoon convinced to go to the bar in the first place? Who exactly was Bosero putting the show on for? And since the lead singer / dancer quit, well, what happened then? This is a movie that you really, REALLY have to squint in order to enjoy, and just keep a loose head as possible, because if you think to much about the comprehensiveness of this, your head will explode.

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