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Man About Town (1939)

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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Diana Wilson
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Sir John Arlington
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Lady Arlington
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Henri Dubois
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Mme. Dubois
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Ted Nash
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Susan Hayes
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Hotchkiss, Arlington's Butler
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Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)
Merriel Abbott Dancers ...
The Merriel Abbott Dancers
Matty Malneck ...
Matty Malneck, Orchestra Leader (as Matty Malneck and His Orchestra)
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Matty Malneck's Orchestra
The Pina Troupe ...
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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En Pige paa hver Finger  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally, this film was to feature Betty Grable opposite Jack Benny in the role of Diana Wilson, but because of appendicitis, she had to be replaced by Dorothy Lamour. Betty recovered in time, however, to contribute a song with Phil Harris (to which Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson danced), "Fidgety Joe" (music by Matty Malneck, lyrics by Frank Loesser). 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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TUMBLING ROUTINE
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by The Pina Troupe with 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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