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Struggling songwriter Judy Walker talks her way into the apartment of a famous composer, and finds that he's on vacation. Homeless and without any money, she decides to stay at his place until his return, making use of all his belongings, and spreading the word that she is the composer's collaborator. She writes a song, wtih the composer listed as the co-writer, which becomes a big radio hit. The famous composer returns, and screwball comedy ensues. Written by
That Walker girl can't put it over on me. I'll sue for damages and get them unless you stop the program.
[Barging into the room, extremely flustered]
Wait! Wait! Sh... she was hungry. She had to eat.
Get outa here.
Who had to eat? What?
Judy Walker. She had to eat his apartment. No, I, I mean she had to move into his food. No, I mean...
She had to forge my name?
Certainly. She couldn't forge her own! She was desperate. The landlord wouldn't listen to her music. No, I mean, I mean she ...
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Quickie comedy with enthusiastic cast is easy to watch
Patricia Ellis is cute as struggling songwriter Judy Walker. Thrown out of her cheap apartment, she wrangles a much nicer place using a letter she received from a much more successful songwriter, the letterhead on his stationery, and a bottle of "ink eraser." Basically, she moves into his place while he is out of town.
The new apartment is awfully nicean excellent place to work on her songs. There is, unfortunately, a loud neighbor next door; Judy and the neighbor quickly start a noisy war of banging on each other's walls. For the most part, however, Judy is set. She lounges on the couch drinking champagne, sharing high-toned conversation with her imaginary guests: "Mr. Gershwin, take it easy. Of course I'll help you write your new rhapsody .Mr. Berlin! Irving! Do tell the boys how many copies of our last number we sold....Now, Bob McKayLet me see those lyrics of yours ." We assume that "Bob McKay" is another well-known songwriter; soon enough we learn that
The guy next door with whom Judy has been fighting through the wall is indeed popular lyricist Bob McKaya big star and an enthusiastic feuding partner. Naturally, it takes Judy and Bob a good chunk of the picture to discover each other's identities; the scene where they finally make that realization is nicely done and quite funnyit's one of those scenes where you can see it coming but that makes it all the funnier. That scene is typical of the picture as a whole, actually: never especially surprising but pleasantly amusing nevertheless.
Warren Hull is pretty good as Bob McKay, the lyricist next door; Hull and Ellis make a nice couple, two attractive people snapping dialog back and forth and gradually getting together.
The supporting cast have some decent roles: Richard Carle plays the exasperated head of an advertising agency looking for songs; William Newell is the assistant whose job includes rounding up the talent and getting fired every time Carle is in a bad mood; Zeffie Tilbury is hilarious as "the Duchess de Lovely," whose beauty cream products sponsor the radio program Carle is producing.
There's not much to it, but it's easy to look at these beautiful people in their classy outfits and stylish apartments and sparkling radio studio settings.
My favorite line: "Does 'resignation' have two g's?" "I don't know, I always get fired."
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