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Joy of Living (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 May 1938 (USA)
Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time.

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Dan
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Minerva
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Dennis
Jean Dixon ...
Harrison
Eric Blore ...
Potter
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Salina
Warren Hymer ...
Mike
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Cafe Owner
Frank Milan ...
Bert Pine
Dorothy Steiner ...
Dotsy Pine
Estelle Steiner ...
Betsy Pine
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Marie
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James Burke ...
Mac
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Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Live those explosive moments with serene Irene...the girl who couldn't live on ten thousand a week...until a devil of a fellow came along and showed her how to get everything worth having for a dollar eighty-five (original poster) See more »


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Alegria de Viver  »

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When Bert greets his parents-in-law at breakfast, he says, "Morning Ma!" to his mother-in-law, then "Hello Kibbee!" to his father-in-law Dennis Garret, played by Guy Kibbee. See more »

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Minerva: Dennis, will you stop drinking for my sake?
Dennis: Who said I was drinking for your sake?
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References Orphan's Benefit (1934) See more »

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You Couldn't Be Cuter
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Irene Dunne to her own accompaniment on a midget piano (uncredited), Dorothy Steiner,
Estelle Steiner, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., James Burke and John Qualen in various scenes
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Musical Star Meets Masher
11 November 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Comedy about a famous singing sensation Maggie Garret (Irene Dunne) who is constantly hounded by the press and rabid autograph hounds, and that's not all - a man (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) who is crazy in love with her from afar is busy chasing after her too, but she doesn't seem to care for him and sees to it he is arrested for "mashing". But when he is sentenced to six months in jail (and based on the fact that he is rather handsome and charming, I surmise) she agrees to become his "probation officer" so that he can be released. Next thing you know he's advising her that she needs to live for herself and have some "fun". Soon they out on the town boozing it up on gigantic mugs full of beer, becoming very, very drunk to the point where they are playing face slapping games with other and end up stealing a bunch of signs from local businesses - h'm, at this point she actually begins to really like him for the first time, I guess all it took was the drink.

Nothing great here - but still entertaining, silly, and fun to watch. I didn't find this film particularly laugh-out-loud funny (except for the scenes with Billy Gilbert which ARE quite funny) - but it is amusing and has a number of scenes featuring favorite comic actors from the thirties including not just Billy Gilbert, but Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore, even Lucille Ball - all seen in very small parts. The film also features a number of catchy songs performed by Irene Dunne, especially "You Couldn't Be Cuter" - so catchy, in fact, I am still singing it aloud as I type. Worth seeing.


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