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Complete credited cast:
Leonard 'Len' Cuppy
Ada Cuppy
Leila Cuppy
Chuck Thompson (as Stanley Morner)
Mr. Sims
Ferdie Fisher, the Bandleader
Dmitri 'Didi' Shekoladnikoff, the Pianist
Coco Duval, the Painter
Nadine Wentworth, the Poet
Robert Dalderder, the Priest
Jeanne, the Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
French Guard (scenes deleted)


After inheriting a fortune, the Cuppy family of Fort Wayne, Indiana go to France to "broaden" their cultural outlook... See full synopsis »

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Comedy | Romance






Release Date:

5 February 1937 (USA)  »

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Burnt Fingers  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play, "Ada Beats the Drum," opened in New York on 8 May 1930, with Mary Boland and George Barbier in the roles of Ada and Leonard Cuppy. See more »


Spring Song
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on piano by Gregory Gaye
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Cast is Charming but The Film Falls Flat
2 June 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mama Steps Out (1937)

** (out of 4)

Alice Brady plays a wife from Indiana who drags her husband (Guy Kibbee) and daughter (Betty Furness) to Europe so that they can catch up on what she believes is proper society. To her horror the daughter falls in love with an American musician (Dennis Morgan) but he isn't quite as affectionate to her. MAMA STEPS OUT is pretty much a comedy version of DODSWORTH, although it's certainly not as good as that Oscar-winning film. I think there are a few nice things scattered among the 63-minute running time but in the end there's just not enough laughs to make it a complete winner. What makes the film mildly amusing are the performances, which are all extremely good. Both Brady and Kibbee give it their all and I think they make for a wonderful couple. The two of them are amusing as they play off one another and I especially liked the way Kibbee played his typical brain dead character with a little twist. There's a sequence where the wife wants him to keep going to a bar to meet the "proper" type of people and he gives a little speech about becoming a drunk and the actor delivers it perfectly. I also thought both Furness and Morgan were good in their parts but there's no question that the entire love story just really drags this thing down as it's pretty silly and predictable. Gene Lockhart plays a brief supporting role and is fine too. The screenplay starts off with some nice dialogue and situations but it quickly falls apart when the story goes from this mid-West family crashing Europe to a predictable love story. Fans of the cast will still want to check it out but others will want to skip it.

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