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When's Your Birthday? (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 19 February 1937 (USA)
Some shady characters discover that a sad sack nightclub bus boy has the ability to predict outcomes of races and other events through astrology.



(screenplay), (from a play by) (as Fred Ballard) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Dustin Willoughby
Jerry Grant
Fred Keating ...
Larry Burke
Edgar Kennedy ...
Mr. Basscombe
Maude Eburne ...
Mrs. Basscombe
Suzanne Kaaren ...
Diane Basscombe
Minor Watson ...
Frank Jenks ...
Don Rowan ...
Granville Bates ...
Judge O'Day
Charles Judels ...
Corky ...


Sad sack Dustin Willoughby is a true believer in the power of astrology. His adherence to the forecasts of his horoscope has alienated his fiancée and cost him his job at the bank. While working as a lowly bus boy in a nightclub, he catches the attention of some high-stakes gamblers with his ability to forecast race results and establishes himself as an astrologer to high society clients.The high rollers mistakenly confuse his horoscope with that of professional boxer "The Salvador Slayer", and bet the ranch on the unknown Central-American pugilist. After they realize their error, they force Dustin into the ring to try and help save the day. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con l'aiuto della luna  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Sound System)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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John Frederick Ballard's play was unpublished, but copyrighted on 18 November 1935. See more »


Mr. Henry Basscombe: Are you going to marry my daughter?
Dustin Willoughby: Why we can't marry while Uranus faces Jupiter>
Mr. Henry Basscombe: [exasperated] Ih, we're gonna start that again? Hunh?
Dustin Willoughby: As a matter of fact, we shouldn't get narried at all.
Mrs. Fanny Basscombe: [clearly upset] Just a minute...!
Diane Basscombe: [shocked] Dustin... !
Dustin Willoughby: [trying to explain] Well, you see, she's earth, and I'm water. You mix the two and you get mud. What could we expect our children to be?
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References Mary of Scotland (1936) See more »


I Love You from Coast to Coast
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Al Stillman, Alex Hyde and Basil Adlam
Sung by Ruth Robin with Manny Harmon and His Orchestra, and danced by a chorus at the nighclub
Played also at the charity bazaar and at the fight
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It Was Written In The Stars
28 July 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When's Your Birthday is one of a series of low budget comedies that Joe E. Brown did after leaving the comfort and trappings of Warner Brothers. Though the production values leave a lot to be desire, Brown is still pretty funny as the astrological driven idiot who when the planets and stars are favorable can't seem to do anything wrong.

Of course when they're not everything seems to happen to him. It's sort of like Danny Kaye in The Court Jester when he's under that hypnotic spell.

We first meet Brown as a pug fighter who's fighting just so he can earn enough money to become a Doctor of Astrology. It's a surprise to me too that doctorates are given out in this subject. But it turns out he's good at it. Give him a horse's birthday and he can handicap a winner. That's a desirable talent though in the end Brown returns to the fight game. How does it end? For reference see the Cagney-O'Brien film, The Irish In Us from Brown's former studio to find out.

Joe E. Brown gets some good support from Marian Marsh as his sweetheart and Edgar Kennedy as his prospective father-in-law. See how Kennedy gets taken like Lou Costello with predictable results. Ward Bond has a small role as a cop and gamblers Frank Jenks and Minor Watson who see a gold mine in Brown are also good.

Too bad this one didn't have good major studio production values, it would be a classic today.

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