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Writers:
Ben Hecht (story)
Sid Kuller (special sequences: Ritz Brothers) ...
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Release Date:
4 February 1938 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
And now the aristocrat of the fun shows
Plot:
Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
DVD Playhouse--May 2009
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 11 May 2009, 11:22 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
An amusing mess See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adolphe Menjou ... Oliver Merlin (as Adolph Menjou)
The Ritz Brothers ... Themselves
Vera Zorina ... Olga Samara
Kenny Baker ... Danny Beecher
Andrea Leeds ... Hazel Dawes
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie
Helen Jepson ... Leona Jerome
Phil Baker ... Michael Day
Bobby Clark ... A. Basil Crane Jr.
Ella Logan ... Glory Wood
Jerome Cowan ... Director
Charles Kullmann ... Alfredo in 'La Traviata'
The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera ... Ballet Dancers
Nydia Westman ... Ada
Frank Shields ... Assistant Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Olga's Hairdresser (uncredited)
Vivian Austin ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Lynne Berkeley ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Studio Grip (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Man in Diner (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
William Dollar ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Douglas ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Roland Drew ... Roland, Igor in 'Forgotten Dance' (uncredited)
Judith Ford ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Anne Graham ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jane Hamilton ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Al Herman ... The Tailor (uncredited)
Leonard Kibrick ... Violinist at Radio Station (uncredited)

Alan Ladd ... First Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Prop Man (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Man in Audience at Opera (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... Musical Director (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Extra in Casting Office (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Cowboy Actor (uncredited)
Maclovia Ruiz ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Westinghouse - Third Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Basil, Second Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Evelyn Terry ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Russell Wade ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gloria Youngblood ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
H.C. Potter (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (story and screen play)

Sid Kuller (special sequences: Ritz Brothers) and
Ray Golden (special sequences: Ritz Brothers)

Sam Perrin (additional comedy sequences) and
Arthur Phillips (additional comedy sequences)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
George Haight .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd (film editor)
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Omar Kiam (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Max Factor .... color harmony makeup ensembles
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmond F. Bernoudy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Day .... color designer
Henri Jaffa .... associate color art director: Technicolor (as Henri C. Jaffa)
Natalie Kalmus .... color art director: The Technicolor Company
 
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound recorder
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Vernon Duke .... ballet music: additional songs by
George Gershwin .... music by
Ira Gershwin .... lyrics by
Paul Neal .... music recorder
Alfred Newman .... musical direction
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrations (as Edward Powell)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Balanchine .... ballet: conceived and staged by
Samuel Goldwyn .... presents
Ray Rennahan .... photographic advisor: The Technicolor Company
Nicholas Kopeikine .... assistant: George Balanchine (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:115 min (TCM print) | 122 min (copyright length)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3926) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera is listed in the cast in the opening credits, but not in the end credits. Because of this, the IMDb cast listing uses the opening credits first, and fills in the rest of the cast from the end credits.See more »
Quotes:
Oliver Merlin:I'm a producer of movies. I get my wagonloads of poets and dramatists, but I can't buy common sense - I cannot buy humanity!
Hazel Dawes:Well, I don't know why, Mr. Merlin. There's an awful lot of it.
Oliver Merlin:Yes, I know, but the moment I buy it, it turns into something else, usually genius, and it isn't worth a dime. Now, if you could stay just as simple as your are, you'd be invaluable to me. I'll put you on my staff. I'll give you a title, "Miss Humanity". Don't rush, you can finish your ice cream soda.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fantasia (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
La SerenataSee more »

FAQ

What song lyrics from this film were quoted in "The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time"?
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An amusing mess, 2 January 2006
Author: buxtehude99 from United States

I won't be as harsh as the other writer, but this movie is pretty much a mess. It almost looks like a showcase for "up-and-coming" actors, anchored by Adolphe Monjou. I don't know why Andrea Leeds disappeared, she's no better or worse than anyone else from the era, and very pretty besides. Reminded me of Donna Reed. Kenny Baker is doing a great Dick Powell, only a few years too late. His type of part was becoming obsolete. He is very good here and 9 years later in "The Harvey Girls". But musical numbers come out of nowhere, and suddenly you hear Helen Jepson and Charles Cullman from the Metropolitan Opera, and see Vera Zorina the ballerina (quite funny in her comedy scenes). I never got the appeal of the Ritz Brothers. It's nice (and rare) to see Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Bergen's timing is impeccable, and Charlie, is, well, Charlie. I sort of see why they were successful on radio. Monjou is on autopilot, but he can't do much else in this creaky vehicle. Ignore the plot, watch the individual scenes. Pretty to look at, but don't think too much.

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