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Snowed Under (1936)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  4 April 1936 (USA)
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Alan Tanner's new play opens in a week, but Tanner just can't finish the third act. He's retreated to a snowbound cottage to work, but blonde neighbor Pat Quinn wants to play. Producer ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Brent ...
Alan Tanner
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Alice Merritt
Glenda Farrell ...
Daisy Lowell
Patricia Ellis ...
Pat Quinn
Frank McHugh ...
Orlando Rowe
John Eldredge ...
McBride
Porter Hall ...
Arthur Layton
Helen Lowell ...
Mrs.Canterbury
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lester Dorr ...
Man in Producer's Office (scenes deleted)
John Elliott ...
First Actor (scenes deleted)
Stuart Holmes ...
Second Actor (scenes deleted)
Naomi Judge ...
Girl (scenes deleted)
Milton Kibbee ...
Bartender (scenes deleted)
Iris March ...
Girl (scenes deleted)
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Man in Producer's Office (scenes deleted)
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Alan Tanner's new play opens in a week, but Tanner just can't finish the third act. He's retreated to a snowbound cottage to work, but blonde neighbor Pat Quinn wants to play. Producer Arthur Layton sends Alice, Alan's first wife, to help him stick to business. But then Daisy, his second wife, shows up wanting her alimony. Stranded with two wives, a girlfriend, and a jug of applejack, Alan still has to finish his play! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Quotes

Pat Quinn: With me by his side, he wouldn't get into jams!
Alice Merritt: When I was married to him, it was jam for breakfast, jam for lunch, and jam for dinner.
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
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A Lighthearted Comedy
7 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At only 63 minutes long, "Snowed Under" is plenty long for its subject--a comedy about a playwright who holes up in a Connecticut cabin to finish a play, but is continuously interrupted by interlopers. I thought this film felt like a converted stage play, but it is not. Regardless, I think "cute" best describes this story about rekindled love amidst mayhem.

Alan Tanner (George Brent) is the playwright who seeks a third act. His first wife, Alice (Genevieve Tobin), is recruited by his producer to get the creative juices flowing in Alan. The second wife shows up seeking alimony, accompanied by a sheriff's deputy and an attorney. To further complicate things, a young woman with a crush on Alan injects herself into the proceedings.

While everyone is snowbound for a night, Alan and Alice try to write the third act that triggered this tale.

I can't say this is a great story or a hilariously funny piece, but I really enjoyed it. There are too many flaws to consider "Snowed Under" a classic comedy, but it tickles the funny bone. After a while, it feels like doors are slammed just for the sake of slamming them. But there are some good lines (e.g. "Now I hate to interrupt baby's first steps.") And the characters are likable. This comedy does not take itself too seriously and the lightheartedness is infectious. It would be fun to see what Clark Gable could have done with the Alan Tanner part.


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