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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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Complete credited cast:
Robert Law
J.C. Benson
Marie Wilson ...
C. Elliott Friday
Frank McHugh ...
Dick Foran ...
Larry Toms
Bruce Lester ...
Rodney Bowman
Paul Clark ...
Penny Singleton ...
Dennie Moore ...
Miss Crews
Harry Seymour ...
Song Writer
Bert Hanlon ...
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James Stephenson ...
Major Thompson


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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Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson were the first choices to play the main roles. See more »


Mrs. Susan 'Susie' Seabrook: You won't drink too much in Vermont, will you Mr. Law?
Robert Law: Only the heady wine air that has no dregs.
Mrs. Susan 'Susie' Seabrook: 'Cause you're crazy enough without drinking.
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Opening credits are shown on pages of a book, with someone flipping the pages. See more »


Referenced in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938) See more »


Pretty Lady
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the rehearsal dance number
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Too bad it doesn't live up to its simple title...
31 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Madcap screwball comedy doesn't get any madder than BOY MEETS GIRL which has JAMES CAGNEY and PAT O'BRIEN as two oddball screenwriters who play their annoying characters to the hilt. DICK FORAN plays an actor looking for a good story (lots of luck), claiming he gets fan mail from a lot of people who can't even write! FRANK McHUGH, RALPH BELLAMY and MARIE Wilson fill out the Warner contract players cast, all of them doing their usual schtick but with less funny results than usual. The script is nothing more than a fable about a Hollywood that never existed except as a playground for madness on a grand scale with all of the fast talking players caught up in an impossibly silly script about the search for a "new" story for Foran.

Not much can be said for Cagney and O'Brien--the ham is really overdone--and even RALPH BELLAMY overdoes the role of the studio head who has three films in production and doesn't know what's going on.

If you can stay with it through the first half-hour, this is your kind of screwball comedy. As for me, I had to tune out before it was over.

Trivia note: A bright moment has Bellamy declaring: "Do you boys know you're making more money than the president of the United States?"

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