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Artists & Models (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 13 August 1937 (USA)
Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mac Brewster
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Paula Sewell / Paula Monterey
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Alan Townsend
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Cynthia Wentworth
Ben Blue ...
Jupiter Pluvius
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Toots
Charles Adler ...
Himself (as Yacht Club Boys)
James V. Kern ...
Himself (as Yacht Club Boys)
George Kelly ...
Himself (as Yacht Club Boys)
Billy Mann ...
Himself (as Yacht Club Boys)
Cecil Cunningham ...
Stella
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Dr. Zimmer
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Mrs. Townsend
Anne Canova ...
Specialty (as Canova Family)
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Storyline

Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an amateur from high society rather than a professional model to become "the Townsend Girl." Upset that she was passed over sight-unseen as a professional, Brewster's top model (Lupino) goes to Miami with plans to bump into Townsend and pass as a society debutante. Written by LJ Copley

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Comedy | Musical

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Approved
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13 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Artistas e Modelos  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the Artists and Models Ball scene, a number of actual artists and cartoonists are briefly shown drawing Sandra Storme for charity, and the works are actually theirs. These artists include Peter Arno, McClelland Barclay, Arthur William Brown, John LaGatta, Russell Patterson, and Rube Goldberg. Goldberg is best known for the crazy mechanical contraptions he would create for cartoons, now known as "Rube Goldbergs." (The popular children's game game Mouse Trap was based on a Goldberg cartoon.) Sondra Storme was the top paid model in Great Britain at the time. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Musicale (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Mister Esquire
Lyrics by Ted Koehler and
Music by Victor Young
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With Jack Benny in the lead, you'd think it would be a more enjoyable film.
25 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is nothing like I anticipated. Crazy as it seems, I actually expected that with Jack Benny in the lead that it would be a comedy...and that, sadly, was not the case. Instead, it's a musical with a lightly comedic touch--but NOT a comedy. If you're looking for laughs, you're more likely to find them in an Ingmar Bergman film! "Artists & Models" begins with Benny owning his own advertising firm. He's a total failure and one step away from bankruptcy. However, rather out of the view, a young millionaire (Richard Arlen) approaches him to run a million dollar campaign. Arlen would like to feature some society woman in his advertising and Benny's girlfriend, Ida Lupino, is disappointed. She's a successful model and is angry that she won't even be considered. So, she sneaks off to where she heard Arlen is headed--determined to convince him that she is this society dame.

Along the way, there are a bazillion musical interludes--some pretty good and many very bad. The worst comes late in the film where Martha Raye stars in a Black musical review--and she's in black-face (uggh) with the likes of Louis Armstrong. I cringed as I watched this one.

Overall, the film is a rather tedious musical. Nothing terrible but nothing particularly good, either. It's a shame, as with this cast, it should have been a lot more interesting.


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