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Director:
Writers:
Allen Rivkin (story) and
Lamar Trotti (story) ...
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Release Date:
28 May 1937 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Navy Lt. Richard Perry becomes an undercover man out to discover the leaders of a group of well connected... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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disappointing See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lieutenant Richard L. Perry

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lil Duryea

Victor McLaglen ... Jock Ramsay

Brian Donlevy ... Batiste Duryea

John Carradine ... Ed

Douglas Fowley ... Alec
Alan Dinehart ... Doc Keller
Sig Ruman ... Gus (as Sig Rumann)
Robert McWade ... Admiral Dewey

Sidney Blackmer ... President Theodore Roosevelt
Frank Conroy ... President William McKinley
Marjorie Weaver ... Miss Blackburn
J.C. Nugent ... Ernie
Tyler Brooke ... Specialty
Willard Robertson ... George Andrews
Paul Hurst ... Bowler
Douglas Wood ... Henry Maxwell
Jonathan Hale ... Judge
John Hamilton ... Warden
Joseph Crehan ... Priest
Mary Young ... Dowager
Maurice Cass ... Jeweler
Paul McVey ... Roosevelt's Secretary
Jayne Regan ... Girl with Roosevelt
Ruth Gillette ... Blonde
James Donlan ... Reporter
Davison Clark ... Tim
Fred Santley ... Boy
Helen Brown ... Girl
DeWitt Jennings ... Bradley Wallace (as De Witt Jennings)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynn Bari ... Party Guest with Keller (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ... Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Fred Cady ... Vaudeville Team (uncredited)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Federal Agent in Baltimore Bank (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter at Reception (uncredited)
Don Craig ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Bill Days ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Tony - Headwaiter (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
June Gale ... Girl with Keller (uncredited)
Homer Gayne ... Quartette Member (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Bowling Spectator in Last Row (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Ben Hewlett ... Guest (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Walter James ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... White House Guard (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom London ... Lil's Flustered Spectator (uncredited)
James May ... Waiter in Saloon (uncredited)
Arthur McCullough ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
W.S. McDunnough ... Lyman J. Gage (uncredited)
Jack McHugh ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
John Nasborough ... Guard (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Secretary Hayes (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Bowling Spectator (uncredited)
John Quillan ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Assistant Jeweler (uncredited)
George Reed ... Watchman in Capitol (uncredited)
Charles Rice ... Vaudeville Team (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Nun (uncredited)
Francesca Rotoli ... Nun (uncredited)
Don Rowan ... Guard (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Policeman (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Porter (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Root (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Police Captain (uncredited)
June Terry ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Officer at Reception (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Policeman (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ernest Wood ... Mack (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter 
 
Writing credits
Allen Rivkin (story) and
Lamar Trotti (story)

Allen Rivkin (screenplay) and
Lamar Trotti (screenplay)

Kubec Glasmon  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Wallace Sullivan  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Lange (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil (film editor) (as Allan McNeil)
 
Art Direction by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Royer (costumes)
 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Haley .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur Von Kirbach)
 
Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mack Gordon .... music and lyrics by
Arthur Lange .... musical direction
Harry Revel .... music and lyrics by
Charles Maxwell .... music arranger (uncredited)
Jule Styne .... vocal supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Van Loan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Haskell .... dances staged by
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #3200) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Although the origin of the screenplay is not credited, the Motion Picture Herald stated that the film was based on a story written by Melville Crossman (a pseudonym of Darryl F. Zanuck), which appeared in Liberty Magazine. However, no other source mentions that story.See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweet Rosie O'GradySee more »

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6 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
disappointing, 22 February 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

1937's "This is My Affair" could have been better but as it is, barely gets by. Robert Taylor stars as a Navy lieutenant who is asked by President McKinley to get the name of the men robbing banks all over the country, and his mission is to be kept secret between the two of them. Taylor infiltrates the gang by becoming a criminal himself. He meets the dumb, big practical joker (Victor McLaglen) and the brains (Brian Donlevy) - but there's a head name, whose name he can't get. McLaglen has it bad for Donlevy's half-sister, a saloon singer (Stanwyck) with whom Taylor falls in love. By the way, this film was made before Taylor and Stanwyck were married. Of course, who cares, now they've been outed as gay along with the rest of Hollywood.

The premise isn't bad if you can suspend your imagination, and the end is fairly tense, but "This is My Affair" just isn't a well-made or well-thought out film. First of all, Stanwyck was one of the most versatile and multi-talented actresses in Hollywood, but singing wasn't her greatest talent. In fact, she couldn't sing, with the exception of "Take it Off the E String (Play it on the G String) in "Lady of Burlesque" and a little number in "Banjo on my Knee" that can't count as singing. Her outfits were from the Mae West School of Design and overpowered her tiny frame.

Then there is the awful scene with Theodore Roosevelt where he invents the phrase, "Speak softly but carry a big stick" - embarrassing. Taylor slugs through it professionally, but why did makeup people always slather so much pancake and eye shadow on him? This is a 20th Century Fox film, by the way, not MGM, Taylor's usual studio, but MGM did it too. Fox never made Tyrone Power up like that with the exception of "Lloyds of London." Taylor was a handsome, rugged man. I guess they couldn't leave his face alone. Victor McLaglen isn't very good, but Donlevy, in a usual-type role for him, does a good job.

As far as Stanwyck and Taylor being married in real life, let me just state a few things: Stanwyck was totally devastated when Taylor left her for Ursula Theiss. When he tried to divorce her for Lana Turner, Stanwyck never spoke to Turner again. In fact, they were once in the same hotel, and Lana called her, only to get the sound of a receiver crashing down in her ear. In 1950, during the filming of Quo Vadis, she arrived in Italy to find Taylor cheating on her with one of the females involved in the film. She called a producer sobbing, "My marriage is over." Now we find out they were both gay - not bisexual, mind you, but gay, their marriage nothing but an arrangement. My advice: Take that info from whence it comes and remember this - once you're dead, anybody can write anything they want about you without fear of a lawsuit.

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