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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
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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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Comedy | Musical

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1 July 1939 (USA)  »

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The Professor Steps Out  »

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The ABC's of Love
25 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Stuffy music professor (Dick Powell) hates popular swing music but the only person interested in the rhapsody he's written is a pop music lyricist (Gale Page). She puts words to his music and turns it into a big hit with the swing crowd. The duo are very successful until a sexy singer (Ann Sheridan) tries to lure the professor astray.

Nice comedy with a good cast. Powell does fine but, despite the plot involving music, he never sings. He does learn what the A, B, and C types of love are from Gale Page and Ann Sheridan. Page is wonderful. She has a genial charm about her that is a joy to watch. Sheridan is sexy and, well, full of oomph! A very fun supporting cast with the likes of ZaSu Pitts, Maxie Rosenbloom, Allen Jenkins, and Vera Lewis. Granville Bates has a funny role as a judge. Songs are nothing special but the humor and likable cast helps.


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