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Boy Meets Girl (1938)

 -  Comedy  -  27 August 1938 (USA)
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Two lazy screenwriters need a story for the studio's cowboy star. A studio waitress turns out to be pregnant. This gives them the idea for a movie about a cowboy and a baby. The waitress's ... See full summary »

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Robert Law
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J.C. Benson
Marie Wilson ...
Susie
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C. Elliott Friday
Frank McHugh ...
Rossetti
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Larry Toms
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Rodney Bowman
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Happy
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Peggy
Dennie Moore ...
Miss Crews
Harry Seymour ...
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Major Thompson
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Two lazy screenwriters need a story for the studio's cowboy star. A studio waitress turns out to be pregnant. This gives them the idea for a movie about a cowboy and a baby. The waitress's baby becomes the star. The cowboy and his agent run off with the waitress and her valuable asset. The writers retaliate by hiring an unemployed extra to impersonate the baby's father. But the extra already knows the waitress... Written by David Steele

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C. Elliott 'C.F.' Friday: "Tiger Tamer". There it is, right there in the corner. "Tiger Tamer" by J. Carlyle Benson and Robert Law.
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C. Elliott 'C.F.' Friday: This is the last prank you boys will ever play.
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Referenced in Swingtime in the Movies (1938) See more »

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Boy Meets Girl
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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FRANTIC SWING... and a miss.
1 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is easily the 3rd worst Cagney movie of the 1930's (I'll leave it to you to decide whether GREAT GUY or SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT is #1, but the latter single-handedly sunk Grand National). The problem here isn't the performers--- Cagney is my all-time favorite actor--- but the script. The Broadway-anchored Spewacks just do a rotten attempt at replicating the energy of THE FRONT PAGE, likely reminded of Pat O'Brien being in that gem some 7 years earlier. Buddies Cagney & O'Brien obviously enjoyed the rapid-fire dialog but here, it's just too much that goes nowhere. Ralph Bellamy is a $50,000 year idiot producer and Dick Foran plays an oater star concerned about the direction of his nominal career. The picture doesn't generate laughs and is chock full of inside Warner cracks ("they broke the Vita-Glass!"--- okay, that was amusing I'll admit) and blatant name-dropping of lots of stars--- all Warner contractees. The main interest is the stellar cast that performs far beyond the call of duty: Penny Singleton does a bit as a manicurist, Marie Wilson co-stars as a dumb commissary employee who's preggers--- with questionable marital status (odd for a film made during the Hays Code) and a voice that could peel paint. In the highlight of the movie, a 27-year old Ronald Reagan appears in a well played bit as an announcer doing a remote at a film premier who cuts Wilson off a nanosecond before the Production Code would've kicked in. Also look for curvy Carol Landis in an uncredited role as a cashier. There's enough fodder for a movie nut but a casual viewer would find the movie a waste of DVR space. I found myself thinking about Cagney & O'Brien all appearing in RAGTIME 43 years later and the amazing never-got-the-girl career Bellamy had right up until he died in 1991. Note: I think the IMDb link to the alleged "Baby Happy" actor is wrong. The actor's birth date is listed as 1927 and this '38 release has an actual infant in it.


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