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

Soundtracks

Corn Pickin'
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Ann Sheridan at a nightclub
Danced to by the National Jitterbug Champions
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Silly Little Film
25 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Naughty But Nice is the story of a professor of music (Dick Powell) who wants his rhapsody to be published. His innocence and lack of taste buds rope him into a contract writing popular music with a female singer (Gale Page), a style that he hates. He becomes hugely popular, and another singer (Ann Sheridan) attempts to steal his talents for herself through shady means.

It is very strange to see Powell in such a film as the character he is. He is an extreme intellectual at the expense of his charm and handsomeness. He does get to show off his beautiful voice, but it is quickly and not very memorable. Zasu Pitts, a former silent movie star, makes a favorable impression as an eccentric and funny aunt of Powell.

There are some very enjoyable parts to the film, especially the bits about the lemonade, but it is rather predictable in places and somewhat dull in others.


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