MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,706 this week

Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  4 March 1938 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 923 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 5 critic

Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 16 Sep 2010
 
a list of 30 titles
created 02 Feb 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 23 Mar 2011
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Merrily We Live" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Merrily We Live (1938)

Merrily We Live (1938) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Merrily We Live.
Nominated for 5 Oscars. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Topper (1937)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan ... See full summary »

Director: Paul L. Stein
Stars: Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, Basil Rathbone
Moulin Rouge (1934)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However, her husband won't let her. When she hears that a popular French singer named "... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Constance Bennett, Franchot Tone, Tullio Carminati
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauß II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus
Juarez (1939)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Louis Napoleon III takes advantage of the American Civil War to circumvent the Monroe Doctrine and expand his power by helping Emperor Maximillian Hapsburg to add Mexico to his empire. of Mexico.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne
Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Frank Morgan
Bed of Roses (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, John Halliday
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.

Director: Edward H. Griffith
Stars: Constance Bennett, Ben Lyon, David Manners
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The career of a waitress takes off when she meets an amiable drunken Hollywood producer.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Helen and Ken are a pretty strange couple. She is a pathological liar, and he is a scrupulously honest (and therefore unsuccessful) lawyer. Helen starts a new job, and when her employer is ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Grosvenor - Butler
...
...
Etta
...
Minerva Harlan
Tom Brown ...
Clarence Kolb ...
...
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mrs. Harlan
Phillip Reed ...
Herbert Wheeler
Willie Best ...
George
Sidney Bracey ...
2nd Butler
Paul Everton ...
Senator Harlan
Marjorie Kane ...
Rosa
Edit

Storyline

Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a chauffeur's uniform. He also catches the eye of her pretty Geraldine. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tramp | servant | love | hobo | chauffeur | See All (56) »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madame et son clochard  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although not credited onscreen or noted by reviewers or the SAB, this film is so similar to What a Man (1930) (same plot and even many of the same character names) that the source of the screenplay must surely be the same for both films. Both the 1924 novel "The Dark Chapter; a Comedy of Class Distinctions" by E.J. Rath and the play "They All Want Something" has been added to the writers section. The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 12 October 1926 and closed in December 1926 after 62 performances. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Kilbourne: Maybe he didn't have a father.
Mrs. Emily Kilbourne: Oh darling, everyone has a father, that's one of nature's unwritten laws.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Behind the opening credits, the cast walks arm in arm up the driveway towards the camera. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George Frederick Root
Sung a cappella by Bonita Granville
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Very Merry Movie
26 May 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A highly intelligent ‘tramp' is hired to become chauffeur for an eccentric, wealthy family.

MERRILY WE LIVE is a prime example of a tremendously funny screwball comedy which has become undeservedly obscure with the passage of time. Bright & breezy, with snappy dialogue and some wonderful performances, it is a complete delight. The production values are excellent and the film's free spirit is perfectly encapsulated by the opening shot in which the principal cast marches arm-in-arm along the estate's long driveway while the credits and title song role.

Suave, sophisticated and just a wee bit naughty, British Brian Aherne is the perfect match for crisply cool blonde Constance Bennett. Their growing attraction to each other, hidden behind a rivalry for intellectual dominance, is great fun to watch. This ‘hobo' has much to teach the rich girl about life & love.

A very fine supporting cast offers much to the film's enjoyment. In one of her best roles, dithering Billie Burke, as Miss Bennett's utterly out-of-touch mother, is a complete joy. Alan Mowbray plays the proper English butler who experiences frequent bouts of emotional distress. Ensconced in the kitchen, tough-talking Patsy Kelly is the family's cook with a strong yen to stir-up some romance with handsome Aherne.

Impressively agile Clarence Kolb is Miss Burke's grumpy husband. Tom Brown & Bonita Granville are their two younger, spoiled children. Philip Reed plays a bullying society Lothario interested in Miss Bennett. Ann Dvorak is a senator's headstrong daughter who usually gets what she wants and what she wants now is Aherne.

Even the smaller character roles can be fun: watch for Sidney Bracey as a sour-faced temporary butler & Willie Best as a very frightened country store janitor.


39 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Predictable as are most of the 30's movie comedies foster1-2
Brian Aherne-Errol Flynn? cttwireless
Clarence Kolb dilmano
In what make of roaster did Wade first drive Jerry? phadair
Merrily We Live......Please bring to DVD vic7077
Dogs' names practicepiano
Discuss Merrily We Live (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?