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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
Buzz Morton (as Skeets Gallagher)
Mr. Churchill
Robert Middlemass ...
Tex Connelly
Mr. Murdock
Clarence Wilson ...
Mr. Pottingham
Val Stanton ...
Ernie Stanton ...
The 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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6 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Cappelli in aria  »

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| (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Dallas and Fort Worth?
2 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A couple of cities which sound an awful lot like Dallas and Fort Worth in real life take their rivalry quite seriously. Both are planning big expositions wanting to be chosen as the site of a planned World's Fair.

John Payne plays the organizer for the show of one of the cities and Mae Clarke is sent in to spy on him for the other. Of course the inevitable happens, need I go any farther.

The songs are provided by the team of Ben Oakland and Herbert Magdison and one of them, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star did enjoy some minor success during the time.

This was Payne's second feature film and first lead after being spotted in a minor role in Dodsworth. He'd have to wait for a few years before hitting the big time with 20th Century Fox.

Maybe this might have faired better at a major studio, but this was Grand National Pictures. As it is it's pleasant enough entertainment but nothing spectacular.

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