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Second Fiddle (1939)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music  -  30 June 1939 (USA)
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Studio publicist (Power) discovers Minnesota skating teacher (Henie) and takes her to Hollywood. She goes back to Minnesota but he follows her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Trudi Hovland
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Jimmy Sutton
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Roger Maxwell
Edna May Oliver ...
Aunt Phoebe
Mary Healy ...
Jean Varick
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Willie Hogger
Alan Dinehart ...
George 'Whit' Whitney
Minna Gombell ...
Jenny
Stewart Reburn ...
Trudi's Skating Partner
Spencer Charters ...
Joe Clayton
Charles Brokaw ...
Assistant Director
The Brian Sisters ...
Schoolroom Vocal Trio
John Hiestand ...
Radio Announcer
George Chandler ...
Taxi Driver
Irving Bacon ...
Justice of the Peace Harvey Vaughan
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Storyline

Jimmy Sutton, tricky publicist for Consolidated Pictures, fetches teacher Trudi Hovland from snowy Minnesota to sunny Hollywood to test for the film of the best-seller "Girl of the North" - having come 436th in a competition several years earlier she is now next choice as leading lady. She gets the part, but despite his own growing attraction for her Jimmy deviously manufactures a romance between her and Roger Maxwell, a new star who desperately needs to pep-up his image. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The show that licked the World's Fair!

Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

30 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's Second Fiddle  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene in Bergen, Minnesota, a townswoman asks Tyrone Power, "Who does Don Ameche really love?" Power replies, "Mrs. Ameche." This was an inside joke, since Tyrone Power had previously co-starred with Don Ameche in four movies, including In Old Chicago (1937) and Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), while Sonja Henie had appeared with Ameche in One in a Million (1936) and Happy Landing (1938). See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Sutton: What are you making, Phoebe?
Aunt Phoebe: Don't know yet... started making a doily, and it got away from me!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Steps Out (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

When Winter Comes
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Rudy Vallee
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Excellent portrait of 1930's Hollywood film-making system
12 July 2000 | by (Monterrey,Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is the first Sonja Henie movie that I've seen in my entire life and I love her ever since. This excellent movie portraits the 1930's Hollywood film-making system having Tyrone Power as a "Consolidated Pictures" agent who discovers skating teacher Henie and makes her a "Hollywood Star". Excellent musical and well-acted movie. Lots of musicals and skating numbers performed by Rudy Vallee, Mary Healy and Sonja Henie.


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