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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
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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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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 »

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Bob Temple: Use a little imagination, Rochester. What would you order if you wanted to make an impression?
Rochester: How about fish and chips and a couple of bottles of gin?
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TUMBLING ROUTINE
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by The Pina Troupe with Matty Malneck's Orchestra
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Weak comedy with forgettable songs.
19 December 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty weak effort from Benny and the team. Jack and Rochester try but the material is so unfunny that they don't get very far. Rochester's two dance numbers are the highlights - and Benny's attempt at being a member of an acrobatic troupe is very funny. The rest is pretty dull with some bad casting (Edward Arnold as an English Lord?) and really bad musical numbers. Benny's show would never have made it to Hoboken, let alone London - the songs are just awful. No wonder there are only about twenty in the audience - I guess they were saving on extras. Dorothy Lamour looks bored, but Betty Grable provides a bit of life in a small but memorable role. Also good is E.E. Clive as a butler. And what a fizzer of an ending - it doesn't even make sense.


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