Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He ... See full summary »

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Howard Hathaway / The Mikado
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Charles Dillon (scenes deleted)
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Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He pretends to be a talent agent and that she is his new discovery. he promises to make her a stage star. He engages an out of work Gilbert & Sullivan troupe on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado in order to convince the girl that he is for real. All goes well and his scheme works. The only problem is that the girl now loves him, as does the entire, previously down on their luck troupe of players. Written by Julie Southwell

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15 October 1937 (USA)  »

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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
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Oddity tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan
8 September 1999 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is an oddity indeed. The flimsy plot revolves around the revenge of a bookie on a dance hall girl who takes him for a wad of dough. His elaborate plans are to make her believe he is getting her a job in a show and hoax her out of the lost money as she pays for lessons. Hervey is bright and bouncy, Armstrong his usual dull self. The supporting players are a down and out company of Gilbert and Sullivan interpreters who get to perform a few numbers throughout the film and end it with an extensive medley from THE MIKADO. (This is the best part of the film and may have inspired the filming of the work two years later.) Excellent Sound Recording - for 1937

  • earned a desered Oscar Nom.



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