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You Can't Have Everything (1937)

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Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds"... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Judith Poe Wells
The Ritz Brothers ...
The Ritz Brothers (as Ritz Brothers)
George Macrae
Charles Winninger ...
Sam Gordon
Lulu Riley (as Louise Hovick)
David Rubinoff ...
Himself (as Rubinoff)
Arthur Treacher ...
Bobby Walker
Phyllis Brooks ...
Evelyn Moore
Wally Vernon ...
Tip Tap & Toe ...
Specialty Dancers (as Tip Tap and Toe)
Orchestra Leader
George Humbert ...
Tony Romano
Jed Prouty ...
Mr. Whiteman
Dorothy Christy ...


Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds" just to improve his romantic chances, and even persuades her to sing in the sort of show she pretends to despise. But just when their romance is going well, Gordon's former flame Lulu reveals the ace up her sleeve... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

3 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

You Can't Have Everything  »

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film debut of Gypsy Rose Lee. See more »


Sam Gordon: [to George] The national pastime on Broadway isn't baseball, is kicking those guys who are down on their faces.
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Referenced in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) See more »


Danse Rubinoff
Music by David Rubinoff
Performed by David Rubinoff on violin, with his Band
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Good Fox musical
26 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alice Faye, Don Ameche, The Ritz Brothers, Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee), Charles Winninger and Tony Martin star in "You Can't Have Everything," a 1937 musical from 20th Century Fox. MGM musicals were glamorous; Fox musicals were down to earth, glitzy, and just plain fun. This is one of them. Faye is a playwright, Judith Poe Wells, a distant relative of Edgar Allan Poe's, who takes herself very seriously. She meets a man (Ameche) at a restaurant while eating food she can't pay for and doesn't realize he is a major Broadway producer, George Macrae. He options her play, North Winds. In the meantime, his musical's ingénue (Phyllis Brooks) walks out of the show, and Judith is talked into replacing her by Sam Gordon (Winninger), George's business partner. Though there's another woman (Hovick), Judith falls in love with George and he with her. Complications ensue.

Faye sings the title song and "Pardon Us, We're in Love" and she's wonderful - pretty, vivacious, and she sounds great. Ameche sings in a heady tenor, but the real male pipes in the film belong to Tony Martin, the star of the Broadway show, who sounds glorious. I admit to finding the Ritz Brothers annoying, especially because their numbers seem to go on and on. However, they do have funny moments here.

Enjoyable film and a good example of a prime Fox musical.

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