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Ready, Willing and Able (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 March 1937 (USA)
Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Dixon ...
Pinky Blair
J. Van Courtland
Clara Heineman
Barry Granville
Hugh O'Connell ...
Truman Hardy
Teddy Hart ...
Yip Nolan
Edward McNeil
Al Shaw ...
Moving Man (as Shaw)
Sam Lee ...
Moving Man (as Lee)
Sir Samuel Buffington (Credits) / Bloomington (in Film)
May Boley ...
Mrs. Beadle


Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.

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6 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Amores de Opereta  »

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Did You Know?


Last film of Ross Alexander, who died two months before this film was released. See more »


Referenced in The Honeymooners: The $99,000 Answer (1956) See more »


Handy with Your Feet
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Ruby Keeler and chorus in a production number on the ship
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Yikes...this film has a very sad duo in the male leads!
22 August 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Lee Dixon and Ross Alexander are minor actors in the history of Hollywood and here they both star as two struggling guys trying to peddle their musical show. But when you read their back story on IMDb, they are a very sad couple of guys. Before this film even debuted, Alexander (Barry) was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound (he was 29)! And, less than a decade later, Dixon (Pinky) would be dead...a guy who drank himself to death at age 42! Talk about tragic! Fortunately, their co-star, Ruby Keeler, had a much happier life!

When the film begins, Pinky and Barry are both struggling to market their new show. Fortunately, they just found a backer--and in order to get this backing they need to sign a British actress. When they go to meet her, the duo make a mistake and accidentally hire an unknown chorus girl (Ruby Keeler) with the same name. She's excited about the opportunity and so she keeps quiet and just accepts the offer. Unfortunately, when folks learn the truth, the show closes. What's next? See the film.

What follows at the end of the movie are a whole bunch of production numbers. Some are a bit dull, though the typewriter sequence is pretty amazing to watch. Overall, a passable bit of entertainment...but not much more. The songs aren't all that memorable and the plot is slight to say the least. The film could have used a bit more comedy to lighten the mood.

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