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Going Places (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 December 1938 (USA)
A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.

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Peter Mason
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Ellen Parker
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Droopy
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Jack Withering
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Franklin Dexter
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Maxie
Larry Williams ...
Frank
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Col. Withering
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Cora Withering (as Minna Gombel)
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Joan
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Frome
John Ridgely ...
Desk Clerk
Joe Cunningham ...
Night Clerk
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Groom (as Eddie Anderson)
George Reed ...
Sam
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Mr. Mason is a salesman at Detridge & Frome who wants to advertise their line of riding clothes. Since they have the rights to famous jockey Peter Randall, who is in Australia, Peter will impersonate him at the Steeple Chase. At the event, he is invited to a party by Cora and sees young Ellen. Since all Ellen and Peter have in common is horses, he continues the charade to woo her. But two gamblers named Maxie and Duke, try to make money on the race by fixing him up with the wild 'Jeepers Creepers'. That horse can jump high and run like the wind, but he will only calm down enough to be ridden when Gabriel plays his trumpet. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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31 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Alle kneb gælder  »

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The on-screen performance of "Say It with a Kiss" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), featuring Maxine Sullivan, Louis Armstrong (trumpet only) and Dick Powell, was cut from this film. The melody is played in the background. Victor Records issued a solo version by Miss Sullivan. In addition, notable recordings were made by Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra for Brunswick, and by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (vocal by Helen Forrest) for Bluebird. Another Mercer-Warren song, "They Say," was written for the film but deleted from the final cut; it was supposed to be Dick Powell's big ballad feature but in the end survived only instrumentally in the background score. It too was recorded by Artie Shaw with Helen Forrest, and Teddy Wilson with Billie Holiday, and was also recorded by Ethel Waters. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Parker: [running towards her horse's stall] There's Lady Ellen! Hello there, girl-how are you?
[to Peter]
Ellen Parker: She's my pet - was named after me.
Peter Mason: Oh, that's nice.
Ellen Parker: Isn't she lovely? Look at her coloring!
Peter Mason: [looking at Ellen] Lovely coloring...
Ellen Parker: And such soulful eyes.
Peter Mason: [still looking at Ellen] Beautiful hair...
Ellen Parker: Hair? Are you talking about the mane?
Peter Mason: Oh, oh, the mane! Oh, yes, I should remember the Maine.
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Version of The Hottentot (1922) See more »

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Say It With a Kiss
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Mostly instrumental, but one line sung by Dick Powell
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"Jeepers Creepers where'd you get those weepers."
4 January 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Going Places was one of those films that made Dick Powell more determined than ever to get better parts or leave Warner Brothers. After one more film there, he did just that.

Powell plays a sporting goods salesman in a department store and gets persuaded to impersonate a noted horseman and polo player who happens to be in Australia at the moment. Department store executive Walter Catlett is looking to market his wares among Maryland's horsey set and gets the bizarre notion to have Powell masquerade there. Catch is that just like in Cowboy from Brooklyn, Powell is deathly afraid of horses.

I think you can see where the rest of this is going. It's in the tradition of race track comedies like A Day At the Races or It Ain't Hay. Of course those films were in the hands of comedians like the Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello. Now Powell does look uncomfortable throughout and maybe his desperate wish not to be doing these kind of films translates into awkwardness.

Powell was one of the most realistic at self assessment of his talents. He said himself he was not a national icon like Bing Crosby or creative like Fred Astaire. His days in musical films were numbered any way it was sliced. He had to break out or see his career go up the spout.

But here in Going Places he wasn't even given anything good to sing. A few songs in the comic vein. The big hit number is Jeepers Creepers which sure was a big hit in 1938 and sung by the inimitable Louis Armstrong. Satchmo plays the groom of a horse named Jeepers Creepers who's one wild nag. Satch soothes the savage beast with his rendition of the song.

Of course he endures some of the racial stereotyping of the day as well in the role. That could never have been to his liking, even to get a big song hit.

Such Warner Brother veterans as Anita Louise, Allen Jenkins, Harold Huber and Ronald Reagan fill out the cast. Of his fellow contractees at Warner Brothers, Reagan for the rest of his life always singled out Pat O'Brien and Dick Powell as the most encouraging to a young player looking to rise.

Only fans of the players named above should bother with this one.


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