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Times Square Playboy (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 9 May 1936 (USA)
A stock broker's best man thinks the bride-to-be and her family are just out for the groom's money, so he does everything he can to prevent the wedding.


(as William McGann)


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Complete credited cast:
Victor 'Vic' Arnold
Beth Calhoun,aka Fay Melody
Casey, Vic's Butler / Trainer
P.H. 'Ban' / 'Pig Head' Bancroft
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Lottie Bancroft
Wally Calhoun
Joe Roberts
Mr. Mort Calhoun
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Nellie Calhoun


A stock broker's best man thinks the bride-to-be and her family are just out for the groom's money, so he does everything he can to prevent the wedding.

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Comedy | Drama






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9 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Playboy  »

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Did You Know?


The $40,000 bracelet Victor buys would be the equivalent of $695,000 in 2016. See more »


At the club, Joe moves the champagne glass in front of himself twice. See more »


P.H. 'Ben': [to Vic] Better men than you have tripped over a petticoat. Many a barmaid has toppled a throne.
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Version of Ladies Must Live (1940) See more »


Looking for Trouble
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Joan Jasmyn
Sung by June Travis at the nightclub
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Not a Classic But Worth Watching
1 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Times Square Playboy (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Charming, if incredibly routine and predictable tale from Warner has country boy Vic Arnold (Warren William) making it big in the city and about to marry a stage star (June Travis) but their relationship hits the rocks when the best man (Gene Lockhart), also a country boy, shows up and thinks his friend is being taken advantage of. TIMES SQUARE PLAYBOY probably would have worked better had it been made during the pre-code era because it could have allowed some of the situations to be more frank and open. For a comedy there aren't too many laughs to be had here but I think the cast makes it worth sitting through and the 62-minute running time goes by without any slow paces. I think the best thing going for the film are its performances but the real standout is Lockhart who plays a major idiot who is constantly saying the wrong things. There's a sequence where he goes off on all the city people in his friend's life and the fast, maniac style that the actor does here is quite amusing and you'll be wanting to punch him in the nose by the time it's over. William could play this type of role in his sleep and he too does a nice job here as does Travis as the bride to be. Dick Purcell adds nice support and Kathleen Lockhart does a good job with her husband. The biggest thing working against the film is that not enough of the laughs work and I'd also say that the material is way too predictable for its own good. The fast paced nature of the attempted jokes will remind people of the type of screwball comedies that would be so popular in the 1940s.

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