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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Mason
Ellen Parker
Jack Withering
Franklin Dexter
Larry Williams ...
Col. Withering
Cora Withering (as Minna Gombel)
John Ridgely ...
Desk Clerk
Joe Cunningham ...
Night Clerk
Groom (as Eddie Anderson)
George Reed ...


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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Release Date:

31 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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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Mother Machree
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung a bit by Allen Jenkins in the "Oh, What a Horse Was Charlie" number
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Exhibit A as to why Dick Powell wanted out of his Warner Brothers contract
5 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Powell is a sporting goods salesman who goes out to the track using a well known jockey's name trying to drum up business for their sporting goods by using and wearing those goods. But the imitation is too good. Anita Louise is the niece of a rich uncle who owns a stable of racehorses, and at first wants Powell to ride the wild horse, "Jeepers Creepers" in the Steeple chase, but then changes her mind and wants him to ride her own fast but tame horse, Lady Ellen. Powell's problem is that he takes a shine to the girl and just can't say no, but he is NOT a jockey! For the girl's sake he doesn't want to lose the race nor does he want to make a fool of himself and get trampled in the process. Louis Armstrong is the groom who can only calm the wild horse by playing "Jeepers Creepers" on his trumpet. Allan Jenkins is a gangster-type who has this inside information on the horse and is leaning on Powell to throw the race AND ride the wild horse, NOT the tamer fast horse Anita Louise wants Powell to ride. How will this turn out? Watch and find out, but first make a pot of coffee. It's a snoozer folks.

On the positive side, there are some great tunes and Powell's charm and voice are usually enough to carry almost any film through. Plus there is the great Satchmo singing "Jeepers Creepers". However, the plot, point by point, is just so inane yet boring. Ray Enright directed this film, and I've noticed that he directed more than his share of dogs over at WB. I'm not sure if Warner Brothers gave Ray the dogs to direct because he was Ray Enright, or if the films were dogs because of the way he directed them. Let's just say that Ray Enright as director in the credit is usually not the mark of quality.

My recommendation - if you are a Dick Powell completist and can keep your attention focused on Powell, his antics, and his singing, this is probably going to at least keep you awake. Otherwise, have it on hand if you ever have a severe case of insomnia, because "Going Places" is a film that goes nowhere.

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