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Naughty But Nice (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 1 July 1939 (USA)
Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt... See full summary »

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Professor Donald 'Don' Hardwick
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Linda McKay
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Aunt Martha Hogan
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Ed 'Eddie' Clark
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Joe Dirk
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Killer (as Maxie Rosenblum)
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Allie Gray
Luis Alberni ...
Stanislaus Pysinski
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Aunt Annabella Hardwick
Elizabeth Dunne ...
Aunt Henrietta Hardwick
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Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher (as Bill Davidson)
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Judge Kennith B. Walters, Superior Court
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Dean Burton, Winfield College
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Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt Martha, he is surrounded by swing and after a few drinks, he is photographed hanging on the chandelier. He finds that he can only sell his rhapsody to Eddie and Miss McKay puts lyrics to it. It is a big swing sensation and the partnership of Hardwick and McKay crank out the hits until Zelda breaks up the team. Zelda wants to sing the hot songs and have Hudson, the Home of the Hits, publish the music. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The "Oomph" Girl's Greatest Tri"Oomph"

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1 July 1939 (USA)  »

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The Professor Steps Out  »

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Referenced in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) See more »

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In a Moment of Weakness
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played on piano by Dick Powell and by the studio orchestra
Sung by Ann Sheridan and Gale Page
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Ending An Association
5 October 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With the filming of Naughty But Nice, Dick Powell ended his contract with Warner Brothers and never set foot on that lot again. He wanted desperately to do dramatic material and Warners gave him nothing but lightweight stuff. It would be another four years before he was able to convince someone to cast him in drama and RKO got a genuine hit in Murder My Sweet when they did.

Powell plays a sheltered music professor at a very snobby college who's been raised by three maiden aunts. The character is obviously ripped off from Cary Grant's paleontology professor in Bringing Up Baby. He's written a concerto, but music publisher Ronald Reagan sees some popular tune in it and publishes it as such.

Powell than becomes the object of singer Ann Sheridan's and lyric writer Gale Page's romantic and business desires. The fun is seeing who he winds up with.

Harry Warren and Al Dubin who wrote some really great songs for Dick Powell in those Busby Berkeley films write absolutely nothing of consequence here. In any event Powell wanted desperately out of musicals.

Especially stuff like this.


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