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Meet the Boy Friend (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 12 July 1937 (USA)
A heartthrob singer, Tony Paige, also known as "America's Boyfriend" decides to wed a Swedish actress. His manager doesn't want this because he is afraid of Tony losing female fans so he ... See full summary »

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Tony Page (as David Carlyle)
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June Delaney
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Wilbur 'Bugs' Corrigan
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Beulah Potts
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J. Ardmore Potts
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Vilma Vlare
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Buddy
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A heartthrob singer, Tony Paige, also known as "America's Boyfriend" decides to wed a Swedish actress. His manager doesn't want this because he is afraid of Tony losing female fans so he takes up a 300 hundred thousand dollar insurance policy if Tony does in fact wed. Tony soon meets a girl name June Delaney on a bus who doesn't swoon over him like other girls. He falls for her but doesn't know her true identity. Hilarious film! Written by Taalli

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ADORED BY A WORLD OF WOMEN...BUT A PAIN-IN-THE-NECK TO THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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This Business of Love
Written by Harry Tobias and Roy Ingraham
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A melody of looniness.
11 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Paige, the Dick Powell and Bing Crosby of Republic Pictures, is Tony Paige (is that Robert for short in poverty row terms?), a radio crooner who is chased around the city by his adoring fans, tired of being dominated by his contract and forced to appear at ridiculous publicity events. When his buffoon of a boss (Andrew Toombes) sends his Swedish girlfriend (Gwili Andre) off to Hollywood to keep his adoring fans content (who refuse to buy the sponsor's products if he gets married), Paige is furious, and takes up with Carol Hughes who works at an insurance firm hired by the boss to ensure he remains single.

Get over the ridiculous, nonsensical plot and go back to the 1930's sense of comedy when humor was corny. "The Music Man's" Pert Kelton plays against type as the boss's daffy wife who makes Gracie Allen appear like Einstein. If you've seen her in other 1930's movies, she's always the tough blowsy broad who takes no nonsense, but here, she's got the smarts of a feather duster. A variety of other musical acts appear as well, including a hillbilly act who gets on on the plot when Hughes arranges for herself to be kidnapped in order to get Paige back, just as the Swedish ex flues back to marry him just so she can stay in the country.

There are moments of severe belly laughs and a few that are absolute groaners. I actually would like to see the missing 10 minutes not on the Alpha DVD to see what was considered too extraneous to remain for re-releases or later TV packaging. It most likely concerned what happened with Andre, heading back to New York, as that part of the plot is never resolved. Nevertheless, this is an easy (not even) hour time passer that won't test your brain.


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