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An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

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Pamela Drake
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Georgia Drake
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John Arlen
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Governor Allen
Henry Stephenson ...
Captain Andrew
Cecilia Loftus ...
Sara Frankenstein
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Sidney Simpson
Lewis Howard ...
Freddie Miller
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Karl Ober
Fritz Feld ...
Headwaiter
Virginia Brissac ...
Miss Holden
Romaine Callender ...
Evans
Joe King ...
First Mate Kelly
Mary Kelley ...
Governor's Wife
Eddie Polo ...
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An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

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22 March 1940 (USA)  »

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S.Z. Sakall's American film debut. See more »

Quotes

Karl Ober: I can't work in New York anyway. Is this place far from here?
Pamela Drake: Oh, no, Mr. Ober, it's only Maine. You know where Maine is!
Karl Ober: No.
Pamela Drake: Oh, it's practically a few minutes from here! You could write fine there.
Sidney Simpson: 'A few minutes'!
Pamela Drake: [to Sidney, blithely] Yes!
[to Ober]
Pamela Drake: That's all, really.
Karl Ober: [wagging his finger] Then it isn't quiet enough. I have to go further away from New York.
Pamela Drake: Oh, good - it *is* far away! Takes a whole day to get there.
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Remade as Patrick the Great (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhythm of the Islands
(1940)
by Eddie Cherkose, Jacques Press and Leon Belasco
Performed by Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians (uncredited)
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No Date For Me
20 May 2005 | by (Stroudsburg, PA) – See all my reviews

I watched this to see Kay Francis, who was coming to the end of her career here. Both she and Walter Pigeon were billed below the title; Deanna Durbin was the star, the only person billed above the title.

This was the seventh movie Deanna Durbin made with producer Joe Pasternak and cameraman Joseph Valentine, and the well was running dry. This drivel would give anyone with an IQ above 70 a raging headache--even in 1940. It's a trite tale of a mother (Francis) and daughter (Durbin) in love with the same man (Pigeon) as well as mother and daughter vying for the same leading role in a Broadway play. It's nonsense with neither an ounce of plausibility nor a single bit of wit, though it fancies itself a comedy. The very contrived plot is arranged to provide Durbin with a ridiculous assortment of songs: "Musetta's Waltz" from La Boheme, Schubert's "Ave Maria," "Loch Lomond," and a bland new ballad, "Love Is All." Kay Francis was looking quite fine here, though the costume designer should have been shot for giving her unflattering turban hats.

This was the first American film that S. Z. "Cuddles" Sakall appeared in, though he didn't have his nickname at that time. He was playing the sort of part here that he played throughout his Hollywood career.

And the film reminded me of what an insipid actor Walter Pigeon was.


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