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Release Date:
25 November 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
LAUGHS...when a vagabond troubadour yearns for a gondola in Venice and gets a rowboat in Central Park (original poster) See more »
Plot:
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
"What do I know about death in the afternoon?" See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Bing Crosby ... Larry Poole

Madge Evans ... Susan Sprague

Edith Fellows ... Patsy Smith

Louis Armstrong ... Henry

Donald Meek ... Gramp Smith

John Gallaudet ... J. C. Hart
William Stack ... Clarence B. Carmichael

Nana Bryant ... Miss Howard

Tom Dugan ... Crowbar Miller (as Tommy Dugan)

Nydia Westman ... Slavey - Hotel Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Byrne ... Boy (as Billy Byrne uncredited)
Eugene Anderson Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
William Anderson ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Detective Stephens (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Old Man (uncredited)
Jimmy Barnes ... Boy (uncredited)
Georgie Billings ... Boy (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Detective Gilroy (uncredited)
Jackie Butler ... Boy (uncredited)
Bobby Callahan ... Boy (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Waiter (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Hay Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Chicken Farmer (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Union Costume Supply Man (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Nightclub Table Extra (uncredited)

Billy Dooley ... W.F. Arbuthnot (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Lionel Hampton ... Band Member (uncredited)

Howard C. Hickman ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Collector of Taxes (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Nightclub / Dance Extra (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Little Woman at Window (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Nightclub Attendee (uncredited)
Jack Lindquist ... Boy (uncredited)
Louis Armstrong and His Band ... Musicians (uncredited)

Margaret Mann ... White-Haired Woman (uncredited)
Martha Manor ... Little Orphan Girl (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Old Man (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Coin Tosser (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Sign Painter (uncredited)

Anne Schaefer ... Lady (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Smiling Cop in Central Park (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Carnival Concessionaire (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Morgan Wallace ... Restaurant Partner (uncredited)

Charles C. Wilson ... Warden (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
 
Writing credits
Katherine Leslie Moore (novel "The Peacock Feather") (as Katharine Leslie Moore)

William Rankin (story)

Jo Swerling (screenplay)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Grant Still (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Pittack (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
John Rawlins 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Earl Rettig .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn Rominger .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Stoll .... musical director
John Scott Trotter .... music arranger
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Norman Blackburn .... technical advisor
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation of California Ltd.
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2402) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Richard Carle (Mr. Briggs), Eddie Borden (Mr. Bilkins), Maston Williams (Prisoner) and Nick Copeland (Middle-aged Man). Reviews list Tom Ricketts in the role of Mr. Briggs. but he was not seen in movie either.See more »
Quotes:
Susan Sprague:Are you married?
Larry Poole:No, I'm sane!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Founder (2016)See more »
Soundtrack:
Old MacDonald Had a FarmSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"What do I know about death in the afternoon?", 6 September 2015
Author: utgard14 from USA

Bing Crosby plays a drifter serving a stretch in prison when he's asked by a condemned inmate to deliver a letter to the family of the man the inmate killed ("Anybody that can sing sappy, sentimental songs in prison wouldn't double cross a guy taking his last walk"). When he's released, he fulfills his promise and delivers the letter to a family of two -- a befuddled old man and his precocious granddaughter. He takes an immediate liking to these two and wants to help them, even though he would also like to get back on the road. He also finds himself at odds with a pretty social worker whose job it is to see the young girl is properly cared for.

An enjoyable bit of fluff with nice comedy and some mild tugging at the heartstrings. Crosby is likable and has a good chemistry with everybody he shares the screen with. He croons several tunes, including the title one. Child actress Edith Fellows is wonderful here, never cloying but just the right amount of corny to be appreciated. Donald Meek is fun as the grandfather. Madge Evans has a thankless role she does her best with. Louis Armstrong is terrific in a small part. Love the haunted house and carnival scenes. It's not a challenging movie but it is a pleasant one. Fun for the whole family, as they say. It should also hold some interest for those who like Depression-era material (Townsend Plan, anyone?). Crosby fans will, of course, love it.

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