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The Playboy (1938)

Kicking the Moon Around (original title)
A millionaire in London falls for a poor girl with a great singing voice, but his gold-digging past girlfriend tries her best to ruin the relationship.




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Cast overview:
Bert Ambrose ...
Himself (as Ambrose)
Evelyn Dall ...
Pepper Martin
Flo Hadley
Hal Thompson ...
Bobbie Hawkes
C. Denier Warren ...
Mark Browd
Leslie Carew ...
Julian Vedey ...
Herbert Stoker
Max Bacon ...
Davy Burnaby ...
Police Constable Truscott
Edward Rigby ...
Prof. Scattlebury
Secretary (as Maureen FitzSimons)


A millionaire in London falls for a poor girl with a great singing voice, but his gold-digging past girlfriend tries her best to ruin the relationship.

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Release Date:

30 March 1938 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Playboy  »

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1.37 : 1
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Maureen O'Hara's film debut. See more »


Night Ride
Performed by Bert Ambrose and His Orchestra
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Just Sing the "Cheer-Up" Song!!
31 October 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This depression-era film of 1938 set in London is great fun to watch and sing along with, too! And the story is fun, too: Ambrose, a millionaire investor who just found out he's struck it rich with another great investment that paid off big, decides to test his fiance Pepper by pretending he's gone bankrupt and is worthless or worse! Naturally she doesn't find it so amusing and calls the whole thing off. This amid his "tramps parade" party where the elite meets the street and hobnobs it with the hoi-polloi featuring among a couple of charming song and dance numbers by Harry Richman including "You're What's the Matter With Me"... Ambrose finds love for a song in the record shop girl who he "discovers" by cutting her a record that breaks up his sceptic pals. Primadonna Pepper the next aspiring Hepburn-wannabe is tricked into thinking she has a film contract awaiting in Hollywood, only to catch Ambrose's sidekick and secretary(Maureen O'Hara in her first feature role to date)play-acting producers on the phone in the next room! Meanwhile workers of the world unite in the park to rally against the oppression of the masses when it is discovered that the good natured accordianist who plays the cheer-up song to the tune of "March Militaire" is the shop girl's uncle she has to bail out every so often. Naturally there is a happy ending and if you get the chance to pick up a copy of this rare find, it is recommended that you will enjoy.

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