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Preston Sturges (screenplay)
Vera Caspary (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
16 July 1937 (USA) See more »
IT HAS NO RHYME...IT HAS NO REASON...IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE...IT MAKES LAUGHS! (original poster - all caps) See more »
J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Arthur ... Mary Smith

Edward Arnold ... J.B. Ball

Ray Milland ... John Ball Jr.
Luis Alberni ... Mr. Louis Louis

Mary Nash ... Mrs. Ball

Franklin Pangborn ... Van Buren
Barlowe Borland ... Mr. Gurney

William Demarest ... Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes ... E.J. Hulgar
Esther Dale ... Lillian
Harlan Briggs ... Office Manager
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Hyde
Nora Cecil ... Miss Swerf
Robert Greig ... Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Police Captain Jackson (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Richard Barbee ... Third Partner (uncredited)
Benny Bartlett ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Neighboring Butler (uncredited)
Lee Bowman ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Hornsby - Mary's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Automobile Salesman (uncredited)

Ethel Clayton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Lois Clinton ... Brunette Woman (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Doubledecker Bus Conductor (uncredited)
Elsa Connor ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Cowl ... Bank President (uncredited)
Virginia Dabney ... Blonde Woman (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Jeweler (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... First Partner (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Nervous Hotel Registrant (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Stock Investor (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Cashier (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Elevator Man (uncredited)
Amelia Falleur ... Housemaid (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Graves - J.B. Ball's Porter (uncredited)
Hal Greene ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Hulgar Stock Tally Man (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Private Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Jeweler (uncredited)

Marsha Hunt ... Girl Getting Coat Dropped on Her at Finale (uncredited)
Helen Huntington ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Joseph aka Justin - Houseman (uncredited)
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Bum (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Automat Customer (uncredited)
Kathleen Hope Lewis ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Nick Lukats ... Bum in Automat (uncredited)
John Marshall ... Osric (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Lu Miller ... Housemaid (uncredited)
Rex Moore ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Assistant Secretary (uncredited)
Bob Murphy ... Automat Detective (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Husband (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Office Manager (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Hotel Detective (uncredited)
John Picorri ... Ernest - Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
Kate Price ... Laundress (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Bum (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Man in Ball's Outer Office (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Armenian Rug Salesman (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Martin - Houseman (uncredited)
Leonid Snegoff ... Chef (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Second Partner (uncredited)
Hayden Stevenson ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Bernard Suss ... Man in Automat (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Wife (uncredited)
William Wagner ... J.B. Ball's Valet (uncredited)
Gloria Williams ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Woman in Hat Shop (uncredited)
Harry Worth ... Hindu Man on Bus (uncredited)

Directed by
Mitchell Leisen 
Writing credits
Preston Sturges (screenplay)

Vera Caspary (based on a story by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
William LeBaron .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender (uncredited)
Gordon Jenkins (uncredited)
Gregory Stone (uncredited)
Victor Young (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ted Tetzlaff (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (art direction)
Ernst Fegté (art direction)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edgar Anderson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A.E. Freudeman .... interior decorations
Sound Department
Earl S. Hayman .... sound recordist (as Earl Hayman)
William Thayer .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... special photographic effects by
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
Milan Roder .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3401) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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It was reported (on American Movie Classics rotation of classic movies, back when they showed uninterrupted classic films) that all of the furs and jewelry used in this film were real and that guards were posted during shooting to ensure that none of the valuables disappeared.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During automat free-for-fall, one of the customers drops a tray full of dishes which are clearly attached to the tray and don't even move when tray hits the floor.See more »
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Featured in Vito (2011)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Delightful screwball comedy with Sturges at his best..., 22 April 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

JEAN ARTHUR as a down on her luck secretary (who pays $7 a week for an apartment) is suddenly blessed with a luxurious hotel suite and a sable coat thanks to the whims of fate in this delightful '30s-era comedy co-starring EDWARD ARNOLD (a bit too bombastic for my taste) and RAY MILLAND (charming and debonair as the romantic lead).

Arthur has never been more personable and inhabits her role with a good deal of personal charm and warmth, perhaps attributable to director Mitchel Leisen who always seems to coax good performances from his female stars. (Claudette Colbert in "Midnight", Carole Lombard in "Hands Across the Table", Olivia de Havilland in "Hold Back the Dawn" and "To Each His Own", Barbara Stanwyck in "No Man of Her Own".) Arnold is a hot tempered man who throws a fur coat over the rooftop during an argument with his frivolous wife (MARY NASH), a coat that lands on top of Jean Arthur, riding in a double-decker bus in New York City. The plot thickens when a hotel owner (LUIS ALBERNI) facing bankrupt with his fancy but vacant building, decides that Arthur will be the perfect publicity gimmick since he believes she was given the coat because of an affair with Arnold. He allows her to reside in a luxurious suite (Leisen goes a bit overboard on set decoration here), and therein the fun begins. Seems he has a rich playboy son who is just as down on his luck as Arthur is and is working in an automat, the kind of fast food restaurant that existed in NYC during the '30s and '40s.

In fact, the automat scene, where Milland finds a way to give Arthur a free meal, is expertly staged with every pratfall so perfectly executed that it remains the highlight of the film. But even after this highlight, the film never lets up in pace and is irresistible entertainment for fans of screwball comedy. Among the standouts in the supporting cast are FRANKLIN PANGBORN and WILLIAM DEMAREST, actors director Leisen would use to great effect in other comedies.

Edward Arnold tends to overact the part of the wealthy hot-tempered tycoon, but everyone else has a fine time with the witty lines and situations. Highly recommended, brisk and very amusing, with Arthur in one of her most appealing roles.

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