Newspaper reporter becomes involved with gang of crooks who take her for a tough American gangster.



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Complete credited cast:
Pat Wayne
Barry MacKay ...
Bob Deering
Smiles Hogan
Detective Taggett
Nedda Beaumont
Mike Otterman
Patrick Ludlow ...
Carl Freemason
Liane Ordeyne ...
Greta Brand
Graham Moffatt ...
Edmon Ryan ...
Red Mike


Newspaper reporter becomes involved with gang of crooks who take her for a tough American gangster.

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Comedy | Crime | Musical





Release Date:

20 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ballerina dei gangsters  »

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1.37 : 1
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Assistant Commissioner: [on discovering that Bob has just inherited a title and an estate] I shall be sorry to see you go, my boy.
Bob: Go? You're not going to through me out just because I'm an earl! Oh, be reasonable, sir. I not only need my job, I want promotion to keep up the family ruins! Don't let me down now that I'm up in the world!
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Written by Samuel Lerner (as Sammy Lerner), Al Goodhart and Al Hoffman
Sung by Jessie Matthews
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My first look at Jessie Matthews
21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm always seeking films of dancers in order to review their styles. I had read about Jessie Matthews, and this was my first opportunity to see one of her films.

For those of you who don't know her work, she's sort of the girl- next-door type. She has a pronounced, cute overbite, and her front teeth are so prominent, that you almost think she has buck teeth. Her singing voice has a light vibrato, not unlike many female singers of the 1930s. She was reportedly a prolific and popular recording artist in England, and her voice is pleasant enough for musical comedy.

Nicknamed "The Dancing Divinity", she can definitely dance. Her style of tap dancing is somewhat like that of Ruby Keeler--the buck and wing style--which is dated now, but was current at the time this film was made. In addition, she performs a "freestyle" type of dance, similar to what we saw Rita Hayworth do--twirling and swirling lots of chiffon.

The musical score is not particularly memorable, but then there are a lot of 1930s musicals that fall into that category.

You'll recognize co-star Barry Mackay from the 1938 version of The Christmas Carol, where he played Scrooge's nephew Fred. Also co-star Alistair Sim, who played Scrooge in the 1951 English version of the same story, has a comic bit part making big eyes. Here's a man whom you could say has "Bette Davis eyes".

I've now seen all six of the musicals starring Jessie Matthews. This one is worth a look if you enjoy her work. This film can be obtained on VHS.

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