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Going Places (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  31 December 1938 (USA)
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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 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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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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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 (1929) 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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DIck Powell at his best
12 January 2007 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

GOING PLACES is a slight comedy about horse racing that features a terrific cast of supporting players, many of them like Walter Catlett and Thurston Hall some of the best characters actors ever seen on screen. Powell, in his pre-hardboiled detective days, plays a store clerk who poses as a jockey for promotional reasons among the horse set in Maryland. Catlett is his co-worker who poses as his valet. Much identify confusion and merriment ensue, with several musical interludes, the most memorable being Mr. Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong debuting the classic number, JEEPERS CREEPERS, which in the movie is the name of a cantankerous race horse the horse-shy Powell ends up riding. This sort of film and in some cases the exact same plot had been done before and would be done again many times, with better known names like Bob Hope, Abbott and Costello and The Marx Brothers. Horse racing was at its most popular in the 1930s and '40s, only to quickly decline in the TV era. The highlight of the movie is an amusing musical number called "Charlie the Horse" sung in four-part harmony by Powell, Catlett and two silly thugs who are pushing the horse-hating Powell to race. It may remind some of something out of GUYS AND DOLLS.


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