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Naughty But Nice (1939)

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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Donald 'Don' Hardwick
Gale Page ...
Linda McKay
Helen Broderick ...
Aunt Martha Hogan
Ed 'Eddie' Clark
Joe Dirk
Maxie Rosenbloom ...
Killer (as Maxie Rosenblum)
Jerry Colonna ...
Allie Gray
Luis Alberni ...
Stanislaus Pysinski
Vera Lewis ...
Aunt Annabella Hardwick
Elizabeth Dunne ...
Aunt Henrietta Hardwick
William B. Davidson ...
Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher (as Bill Davidson)
Granville Bates ...
Judge Kennith B. Walters, Superior Court
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Dean Burton, Winfield College


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 <>

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


Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, 'Eroica'
(1806) (uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Section hummed by Granville Bates
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Swing music...the ULTIMATE evil!!
27 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Naughty But Nice" is a pleasant Dick Powell musical comedy--more enjoyable than many of his other 30s films. He plays Professor Hardwick, a very straight-laced guy who likes writing classical- style music. However, when he accidentally gets drunk, he becomes a bit of a wild man and ends up giving in to his hidden inner urge to write dreaded swing music! Later, after the Hudson Music company publishes one of his songs, they learn it might be plagiarized and sue him.

This is a very slight movie that never takes itself seriously and has a nice sense of humor. My only complaint is that Ann Sheridan is featured first in the credits but it's more a Dick Powell film. In fact, Gale Page is more prominent in the film but comes third-- and this must be some sort of testament to the sudden star power of Sheridan. If you do watch, you'll also see Ronald Reagan in one of his earliest roles in support.

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