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Man About Town (1939)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  7 July 1939 (USA)
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Producer Bob Temple, who's brought an American show to London, loves his star Diana, but she won't take him seriously as a lover. To show her, he picks up stranger Lady Arlington, whose ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Bob Temple
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Diana Wilson
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Sir John Arlington
Binnie Barnes ...
Lady Arlington
Monty Woolley ...
Henri Dubois
Isabel Jeans ...
Mme. Dubois
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Ted Nash
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Susan Hayes
E.E. Clive ...
Hotchkiss, Arlington's Butler
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Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)
Merriel Abbott Dancers ...
Themselves, The Merriel Abbott Dancers
Matty Malneck ...
Matty Malneck, Orchestra Leader (as Matty Malneck and His Orchestra)
Matty Malneck's Orchestra ...
Matty Malneck's Orchestra
The Pina Troupe ...
Themselves, The Pina Troupe
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Producer Bob Temple, who's brought an American show to London, loves his star Diana, but she won't take him seriously as a lover. To show her, he picks up stranger Lady Arlington, whose financier husband neglects her. On a weekend at the Arlington country house, Bob is used by both Lady A. and her friend to make their husbands jealous; this works all too well, and Bob is in danger from both husbands. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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7 July 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Susan's hair style changes just before she leaves the house party. See more »

Quotes

Ted Nash: Bob, you're shaking like a leaf.
Bob Temple: Shaking like a leaf! What's a leaf got to shake about?
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Soundtracks

FIDGETY JOE
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Grable and Phil Harris
Danced by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Played by Matty Malneck's Orchestra
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Tasteless and dull
5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is among the worst films ever made by Paramount. It's supposed to be a comedy/musical. But there are no laughs (not even a smile), and the music and the musical numbers are fourth rate. Viewers old enough to have enjoyed the Jack Benny shows on radio and television will find this 1939 movie a great disappointment.

There seems to have been a severe lack of intelligence throughout. The script is inept, Rochester is featured far beyond his talents, Dorothy Lamour and Betty Grable are wasted, and Edward Arnold and Monty Woolley were given embarrassing parts. The racial jabs at Rochester are extraordinarily offensive.

So, The Horn Blows at Midnight was not Jack Benny's worst film.


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