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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
Vera Lewis ...
Aunt Annabella Hardwick
Elizabeth Dunne ...
Aunt Henrietta Hardwick
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Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher (as Bill Davidson)
Granville Bates ...
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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1 July 1939 (USA)  »

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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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21 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell stars with Ann Sheridan and Gale Page in "Naughty but Nice," a film from 1939 that also features Helen Broderick and Zasu Pitts, Ronald Reagan, Allen Jenkins and Max Rosenbloom.

Powell is Professor Hardwick who teaches at Winfield College and hates swing music, which is the new craze. He has written a piece, classical of course, and he goes to New York to have it published.

He stays with his Aunt Martha (Broderick) who loves swing as do all her friends. A nondrinker, he develops a love for lemonade which is actually a Hurricane and drinks them like juice, becoming bombed.

He finally sells his piece to Eddie (Reagan), and he has Linda McKay (Page) put lyrics to it -- and turn it into a big swing number, performed by Zelda (Sheridan).

Eddie and McKay are the Rogers & Hammerstein of swing, but Zelda wants in, not only wanting to sing, but having the music published by Hudson, the Home of the Hits.

Lots and lots of music, and this is such a nice cast. However, somewhere the movie went awry. For one thing, it's too long. It was hard to stay interested in it.

I should have liked it a lot more. Warren and Mercer were responsible for most of the songs, and some of them were based on classical pieces. Somehow it just fell flat. A shame.


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