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Smartest Girl in Town (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  27 November 1936 (USA)
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Modeling furs has given our heroine Cookie a taste for them, so she's determined to marry a rich man. Scheduled to meet a male model aboard a yacht, she meets the yacht's rich owner Dick ... See full summary »

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Frances Cooke
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Mrs. Gwen Mayen
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Lucius Philbean - Dick's Valet
Erik Rhodes ...
Baron Enrico Torene
Harry Jans ...
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Modeling furs has given our heroine Cookie a taste for them, so she's determined to marry a rich man. Scheduled to meet a male model aboard a yacht, she meets the yacht's rich owner Dick Smith instead; he welcomes the confusion of identity and sets out to win her by force of personality alone. It's an uphill battle. Lots of wry repartee. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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27 November 1936 (USA)  »

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Million Dollar Profile  »

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The cord on Lucius Philbein's pince-nez glasses flips back and forth several times during the scene in the Philbein Advertising Company office. See more »

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Gwen: Well, that's all for today, Sonny. You can either go through the door or the window. 'Course, the window has its points. You get a little glimpse of the Hudson as you pass the 39th floor.
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Will You?
(1936)
Written by Gene Raymond
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
Played on a ukulele and sung by Gene Raymond (uncredited)
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29 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those film in which the dialogue is the star. It is filled with clever repartee. Not exactly realistic, but this is a comedy, after all. And the cast is up to the challenge, delivering the lines with gusto.

Ann Sothern plays the female lead, Cookie--a model who is weary of poverty and vows to change her luck by marrying a rich man. She is quite charming in this role, though I would prefer that her penciled-on eyebrows did not circle her eyes. I exaggerate, and it is not enough to ruin her beauty. In fact, I think the director missed an opportunity to frame that beauty in a meaningful way. Early in the film, she is sleeping in a deck chair, waiting for a shoot to begin. When she removes the hat that is covering her eyes, it is a glamorous shot reminiscent of other actresses' classic introductory shots, e.g. Grace Kelly in "Rear Window". If this shot of Sothern had been the first in the film, it would have been a memorable scene.

Gene Raymond plays the rich playboy, Richard Smith, out to capture her heart. Eric Blore--seemingly a fixture in every RKO production during this era--plays Richard's valet, Philbean, with the customary Blore bluster.

Helen Broderick plays Cookie's sister and delivers some of the best lines. She is determined to help her sister land a guy with greenbacks galore. But neither sister knows that Richard is rich.

"The Smartest Girl" is lightweight fun and only runs 58 minutes.


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