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You Can't Beat Love (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 June 1937 (USA)
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Never one to turn down a dare, Jimmy Hughes--a wealthy but eccentric lawyer--takes his faithful butler Jasper and gets a job digging ditches to fulfill a bet he made with two reporters. In ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Preston Foster ...
James Ellsworth 'Jimmy' Hughes
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Trudy Olson
Herbert Mundin ...
Jasper 'Meadows' Hives
William Brisbane ...
Clem Bruner
Alan Bruce ...
Scoop Gallagher
Paul Hurst ...
Foreman Butch Mehaffey
Bradley Page ...
Dwight Parsons
Berton Churchill ...
Police Chief Brennan
Frank M. Thomas ...
Mayor Olson
Harold Huber ...
Pretty Boy Jones
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Louie the Weasel
Barbara Pepper ...
May 'Bubbles' Smith
Lee Patrick ...
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Never one to turn down a dare, Jimmy Hughes--a wealthy but eccentric lawyer--takes his faithful butler Jasper and gets a job digging ditches to fulfill a bet he made with two reporters. In his new job he meets Trudy Olson, the daughter of the city's mayor who is running for re-election. A misunderstanding with Trudy results in Jimmy announcing his intention to run against the mayor. This winds up getting him involved with crooked cops, gamblers, corrupt politicians and greedy businessmen. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Dreary stuff...RKO giving Fontaine the starlet treatment...
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A man runs for mayor on a bet. The mayor's daughter meets him at a political campaign and it's hate at first sight. The chill only lasts until their next encounter, but by then we know this is a formula romantic comedy and they'll both be in love for the windup. After a few more misunderstandings, PRESTON FOSTER and JOAN FONTAINE walk off arm in arm and the simple plot is over in an hour.

Strictly an RKO programmer that passed the time in '37, a time when JOAN FONTAINE was being promoted as a new RKO starlet but given material that would have defeated any other ingenue. There is nothing here that suggests she would go on to an Oscar-winning career. PRESTON FOSTER carries the main burden, as does Herbert Mundin as his timid valet, and the whole thing has the look of a B-film that nobody had much faith in.

Interesting only to see the two leads in their prime but with very little chemistry between them.

Trivia note: Whether it's because his make-up is too dark or not, even in B&W Foster's eyes come across as bluer than Paul Newman's.


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