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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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J.C. Benson
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Susie
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C. Elliott Friday
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Rodney Bowman
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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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Janet Shaw is in studio records as "Los Angeles Operator" but she doesn't appear in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Robert Law: I was a promising young novelist. Almost won the Pulitzer Prize in nineteen thirty, and now in nineteen thirty eight, I'm writing dialogue for a horse.
Rossetti: Larry! Larry, take a breath. The boy's mean no harm. Exhale.
Robert Law: I smell carbon exhaust.
Larry Toms: One more crack...
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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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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