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Make Way for a Lady (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 November 1936 (USA)
A teenager plays cupid for her widowed father but picks the wrong woman.




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Complete credited cast:
Christopher 'Chris' Drew
June Drew
Miss Eleanor Emerson
Valerie Broughton
Taylor Holmes ...
George Terry
Clara Blandick ...
Mrs. Dell, Drew's Maid
Billy Hopkins
Maxine Jennings ...
Miss Marian Moore
Mary Jo Ellis ...
Mildred Jackson
Murray Kinnell ...
Doctor Barnes


Pulp novelist Valerie Broughton moves close to her publisher, Christopher Drew, and gives him her latest novel, inscribed "Our Story." She explains that it means only that she couldn't have written it without his help. But when Drew's daughter, June, reads the book and sees the inscription, she jumps to the conclusion that her father is the man and Valerie the woman in her story of unrequited love. Further, she overhears her friend's mother say that Drew would get married if it weren't for his devotion to June. So June resolves to bring Valerie and her father together, not knowing that her father feels Valerie is too pushy, and that he's really fond of June's English teacher, Eleanor Emerson, and has even proposed marriage to her. When June learns of Drew's fondness for Eleanor, she even goes so far as to tell her she would not be welcome as a stepmother. Then June goes back to Valerie to tell her the way is cleared for her, but she sees another man in her house who admits he was the ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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13 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nos La├žos do Himeneu  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Mrs. Dell, Drew's Maid: Oh, fiddle faddle.
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Girl Looks out for Dad....
25 June 2012 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

.....it was okay. It's an RKO shortie. First off, "Dad" (Herbert Marshall) and Valerie (Margot Grahame) both have quite the British accents, which is never really explained. The daughter June ( Anne Shirley) who is in high school, and around 18, runs around interfering in Dad's life, acting like a spoiled brat, and no-one will stand up to her and tell her so. It's a good way to kill about an hour but this wasn't Shirley's best work, or RKO's . Be sure to see one of her better films, like Anne of Green Gables, or Murder, my Sweet.

Gertrude Michael, however, was the real star of the show. As "Eleanor", she always has a twinkle in her eye, and seems to be having fun the whole time… or at least most of the time. ( In spite of the hideous, silly dresses she had to wear throughout the film) – first when they are singing by the piano, and then when they walk around town. Then, again when June goes to speak with Eleanor, she is wearing the worst one of all. And…again at the big ending, there's yet another horrible, overdone, big gaudy dress. Keep an eye out for June's high school friend "Billy" who pops up now in then in the film; he is played by Frank Coghlin, who made 132 films, but sadly, most were uncredited parts… this was one of his few credited parts! Directed by David Burton, who wrote and directed in the 1930s, but seems to have retired around 1940. Not a lot of info on him…

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