13 user 1 critic

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 »



(screenplay), (screenplay)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Five and Ten (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Woman falls in love with an engaged man.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, Richard Bennett
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Amelia is a gifted violinist who is in danger of quitting the Brissac Academy of Music. Julius arranges to have a scholarship given to her through his employee Tony so that Julius can ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Jeffrey Lynn, Eddie Albert
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An older woman discovers that her multi-million dollar fortune was based on embezzlement, so she sets out to right the wrong. She goes to America to meet the young woman who is the one and ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Priscilla Lane, Jeffrey Lynn, Ronald Reagan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The head of a large publishing empire is dismayed when a top army general is about to be appointed to an atomic energy committee. She's determined to discredit him prior to the appointment ... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Susan Hayward, Kirk Douglas, Paul Stewart
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Phil and Ellen Gayley have been divorced for a year, and their 8-year old daughter, Flip, is very unhappy that her parents are not together. Flip starts a correspondence with a marine, ... See full summary »

Director: James V. Kern
Stars: Errol Flynn, Eleanor Parker, Lucile Watson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A polo player's wife becomes the mystery woman in a Long Island horsy-set murder trial.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Raymond, Genevieve Tobin
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb
Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An actor can only get a radio job if he can prove that he's an authentic cowboy.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Priscilla Lane
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When the owner of the New York Globe-Leader dies without making a will, the paper is inherited by his only living relative, an "old maid schoolteacher" from Nebraska. Martha Aldrich, along ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Edna May Oliver, Maureen O'Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fourteen-year-old Tessa is hopelessly in love with handsome composer Lewis Dodd, a family friend. Lewis adores Tessa, but has never shown any romantic feelings toward her. When Tessa's ... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Brenda Marshall
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A ruthless fashion designer steps on everyone in her way in order to reach the top of her profession. Eventually she is forced to choose between her ambition and the man she loves.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Susan Hayward, Dan Dailey, George Sanders
Going Places (1938)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Dick Powell, Anita Louise, Allen Jenkins


Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Donald 'Don' Hardwick
Linda McKay
Aunt Martha Hogan
Ed 'Eddie' Clark
Joe Dirk
Killer (as Maxie Rosenblum)
Allie Gray
Luis Alberni ...
Stanislaus Pysinski
Aunt Annabella Hardwick
Elizabeth Dunne ...
Aunt Henrietta Hardwick
Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher (as Bill Davidson)
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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Musical


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Professor Steps Out  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Millions of Dreams Ago
Music by Harry Warren
(based on "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" from "The Bohemian Girl" by Michael William Balfe)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung a cappella by Gale Page
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Don't miss Ann Sheridan in this
6 October 2006 | by (Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't place comments on most of the movies I watch (and I am a major film buff, particularly the classics of the late 30's, 40's and 50's, but I felt it necessary here as most of the comments are based on viewers with a Dick Powell focus. Powell's heyday was a little prior the timeframe of my expertise so I am not commenting upon those comments, however, Ann Sheridan is one of the most underrated actresses in film and she is outstanding in this, not to mention gorgeous. The movie is more entertaining than Powell's fans have let on with the final third of the movie quite entertaining for anyone. The increasing frustration of Powell's collegiate colleagues culminating in breaking a tree limb is well done. The scene prior to the court trial with Sheridan slapping everyone repeatedly in the producer's office is outstanding and a "must see" for film fans.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Naughty But Nice (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: