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Small Town Girl (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 April 1936 (USA)
Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while ... See full summary »

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Dr. Robert 'Bob' Dakin
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Priscilla Hyde
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George Brannan
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Doctor Dakin
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Ma Brannan
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Will 'Pa' Brannan
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Elmer Clampett
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Emily 'Em' Brannan
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Dr. Ned Fabre
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Mrs. Dakin
Robert Greig ...
Childers, Dakin's Butler
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Captain Mack
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Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while drunk and then proceeds to take her out on a night on the town. Kay likes the stranger, and when the drunken Bob decides that they should get married, Kay hesitates little before consenting. The morning after the affair, Bob, once sober, regrets his mistake. His strict and upright parents, however, insist that the young couple pretend marriage for 6 months before divorcing, in order to avoid bad publicity. Bob resents Kay for standing in the way of him and his fiancée, Priscilla, but Kay still hopes that he'd have a change of heart. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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10 April 1936 (USA)  »

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One Horse Town  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally set to star Jean Harlow as Kay and Robert Montgomery as Bob. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Robert 'Bob' Dakin: The telephone is a marvelous invention but you should never use one while standing in a bathtub.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the turning pages of a book. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by the band at Tait's Tavern
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small town girl weds into old money
20 December 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

An interesting film with a playful seduction, which it does everything to avoid throughout, between a rich, young Boston doctor (Robert Taylor) from an old money family who's out carousing around in his convertible roadster after the "Big" Harvard-Yale game and by chance picks up a dissatisfied "small town girl" (Janet Gaynor) who's out aimlessly walking the streets in her little town. The socio-economic strata between old money wealth and idyllic small town middle class America (Andy Devine and James Stewart) is bridged by a love (you can't help but think it's his position and money she's after, though the film tries in just about every scene to make you believe it's real). After a few drinks at a nearby roadhouse, they stumble upon a justice of the peace in the middle of the night and (from Taylor's perspective) just for the heck of it, get married, a marriage that he must maintain for six months in light of his position in Boston society, which we see snippets of, the best one being a gala dance in Boston after they've been married for five months or so, and Taylor's original fiancé (Binnie Barnes), makes her move to reclaim him . Taylor is probably the best part in the film, though the story could have been sharper.


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