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Boy Meets Girl (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 27 August 1938 (USA)
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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Rossetti
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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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The original award-winning play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 27 November 1935 and had 669 performances. The opening cast included Jerome Cowan and Allyn Joslyn as Benson and Law, and 'Everett Sloane' as Rosetti. There were 2 revivals, in 1943 and 1976. See more »

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Rossetti: I've got Larry Toms waiting in your office to hear your story. Come on.
Robert Law: We haven't got any stories.
J. Carlyle 'J.C.' Benson: Tell him one anyway.
Robert Law: Okay. Once there was a fairy princess who lived in a broken down castle, on a broken down river, with a broken down aunt. In fact, she was a broken down princess.
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Opening credits are shown on pages of a book, with someone flipping the pages. See more »

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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

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With a Pain in My Heart (and My Heart on My Sleeve)
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on piano by Harry Seymour and sung by Bert Hanlon
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Good Actors, Stupid Roles
2 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Cagney and Pat O'Brien: wow, there is a pair of talented Irishmen! Cagney is my all- time favorite actor and O'Brien is either excellent or annoying, depending on the role. In this both, to be honest, both of these guys look, sound and act stupid. Here is another "screwball comedy" that doesn't work, despite those two fabulous leading men. These guys look out of place in this film. It doesn't help that the dialog in here is just awful.

It's a fast-paced film, and I have no problems with that although it is a bit frantic at times. I just didn't like the main characters - "Robert Law" (Cagney) and "J.C. Benson" (O'Brien) - and thought the movie was dumb. And, yes, it's very dated and looks even dumber. Where are the laughs?

I understand this story was quite a successful play, so they must have screwed this up in the screen writing. Speaking of that, this story is a spoof about screenwriters who under pressure to come with a story for a has-been cowboy star. It's more of that than it is a "boy-meets- girl" story as the title implies, although Marie Wilson plays the female catch. This ditzy blonde wouldn't be a "catch" for me, not with that brutal voice of hers that grated on me like chalk on a blackboard. I liked her name in this movie: "Susie Seabrook." That was all I liked.


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