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Going Places (1938)

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A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peter Mason
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Ellen Parker
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Droopy
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Jack Withering
Walter Catlett ...
Franklin Dexter
Harold Huber ...
Maxie
Larry Williams ...
Frank
Thurston Hall ...
Col. Withering
Minna Gombell ...
Cora Withering (as Minna Gombel)
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Joan
Robert Warwick ...
Frome
John Ridgely ...
Desk Clerk
Joe Cunningham ...
Night Clerk
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Groom (as Eddie Anderson)
George Reed ...
Sam
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Storyline

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 play, "The Hottentot," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 1 March 1920 and closed in June 1920 after 113 performances. The opening night cast included Donald Meek. 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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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: Psychic Fun-omenon Day (1990) See more »

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Jeepers Creepers
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Played on trumpet and Sung by Louis Armstrong
Briefly reprised by Dick Powell in the race
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A silly plot is redeemed by good music featuring Louis Armstrong and some very funny comedy.
25 October 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

It's easy to forgive the inane plot when the music and comedy are so much fun. First, there's the great Louis Armstrong singing and playing his trumpet in two songs, including the Oscar-nominated "Jeepers Creepers." He plays a horse groom, so what is he doing leading an all-black orchestra and a dozen or so black singers and dancers at a party? Never mind the incongruencies - just enjoy the big production number of "Mutiny in the Nursery." Louis is in good form in this early role. The comedy is mostly supplied by two masters of comedy, Allan Jenkins and Harold Huber, as likeable but inept crooks trying to eke out a living betting on horses. I was in stitches when they try to get Dick Powell to be a jockey in a race, and in desperation, Powell says he know nothing about horses (which is true) and writes songs (which is not). They insist he write a song then and there to convince them. While Powell and his boss, Walter Catlett, grope for words, they are the ones who supply most of the lyrics to "Oh, What a Horse Was Charlie." It's one of the funniest scenes you will see in a 1930's movie, all done verbally without slapstick. Then, of course, there is Powell, impersonating a famous jockey as an advertising ploy, falling in love with Anita Louise, and winding up riding a dangerous horse in the Maryland Steeplechase even though his riding experience is practically nil. The horse is called "Jeepers Creepers" and runs well only when he hears the song of the same name. Powell can't possibly win the race after running outside the course for a while and taking a spill on one of the hurdles. Or can he?


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