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Piccadilly Jim (1936)

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Jim's father wants to marry Eugenia, but her sister Netta refuses to allow it. When Jim sees Ann at a club, he falls for her even though she is with Lord Priory. He meets her the next day ... See full summary »

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James Crocker - Sr. / Count Olav Osric
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Bill Macon
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Lord Frederick 'Freddie' Priory
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Paducah Pomeroy
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Herbert Pett
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London Gossip Editor Bill Mechan
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Taxi Driver
Grayce Hampton ...
Mrs. Brede (as Grace Hampton)
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Jim's father wants to marry Eugenia, but her sister Netta refuses to allow it. When Jim sees Ann at a club, he falls for her even though she is with Lord Priory. He meets her the next day at the riding path, but she quickly loses him. He searches all over for her, not knowing that his father's hopeful fiancée is her Aunt. As his caricature work suffers as he searches, he is fired from his paper. But he makes a comeback with the comics 'Rags to Riches' which is based upon the Pett's. But this upsets the Pett's so much that they go back to New York, and he follows, being careful not to let them know that he is the one who draws the strip that parodies them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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14 August 1936 (USA)  »

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1000 + 1 Affäre  »

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Trivia

Madge Evans's name appears on a theater marquee in a montage sequence within the movie. She was starring with Cyril Ritchard in a West End play whose name was partially obscured in the film. See more »

Quotes

Nesta Pett, Ann's Aunt: The sight of you has brought back a most unpleasant memory.
Bayliss, Jim's Butler: That, Madame, leaves me in a state of indifference bordering upon the supernatural.
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Night of Nights
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Dennis Morgan
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Enjoyable comedy
30 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am becoming a Robert Montgomery fan as I see more of his movies. As an actor who made most of his films in the 30's he is largely forgotten today compared with actors who kept making films into the fifties like Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. However he is a fine natural actor, a very good comedian and an altogether charming leading man. His specialty is the warm-hearted, well-mannered and slightly tipsy gentleman in evening clothes and he doesn't disappoint in this film. He pursues the girl with an admirable single-mindedness and belief in the inevitability of her eventual reciprocation.

The film has other pleasures, most notably the presence of Eric Blore as the gentleman's gentleman. This delightful actor is one of the great funny-men of this era. Also in fine form are Frank Morgan, as the ham actor who impersonates a Hungarian Count, Cora Witherspoon as an overbearing society woman, Billy Burke, Grant Mitchell and Robert Benchley as, what else, a lush. Truly a smorgasbord of character acting.

The plot is interesting enough to hold our attention and the little snippets of caricature and thirties-style newspaper comic strip are fun.

The only slight disappointment is Madge Evans as the ingénue, who plays it straight and is no match for the sublime Montgomery. All in all an enjoyable interlude.


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