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Piccadilly Jim (1936)

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, Jr.
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James Crocker - Sr. / Count Olav Osric
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Ann Chester
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Eugenia Willis, Nesta's Sister
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Bill Macon
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Lord Frederick 'Freddie' Priory
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Ogden Pett
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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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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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This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 27 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 27 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 25 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally, by New York City 12 November 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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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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Light but enjoyable
31 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

When the leading lady (Madge Evans) must explain why she likes her suitor (Ralph Forbes)and must contrast that attitude with her feelings for Robert Montgomery, you know the film is in trouble. Montgomery can say there's "electricity" between himself and Evans, but that spark is not transmitted to celluloid. And that is too bad, because the film is wittier -- per Wodehouse -- and better-acted than many films of the era. But Evans' loves and likings must be verbalized. The energy is simply not on the screen, only in the script. She is beautiful, though. She needed a different character -- more remote, more mysterious, more fearful of love. And then, maybe... Blore is wonderful, and lights up every scene he is in, as the butler who knows his Shakespere better than the ham, Frank Morgan. But this is one of Morgan's best roles. His only triumph, apparently, was as Osric, in Cedar Rapids. Now Osric is the foppish courtier at the end of 'Hamlet' -- hardly the role of a lifetime. But Morgan disguises himself as "Count Osric of Denmark" in order to infiltrate the family of his beloved (Billy Burke) and turns his failure as actor into personal success. It is a neat touch. Burke's flighty flutiness is hardly used in the film, but she does have a funny line about remembering how painful youth was. The Morgan-Burke romance is intended as a foil for the Montgomery-Evans courtship and that would have worked well had the main plot had more chemistry.


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