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No, No, Nanette (1940)

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Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations. Attempting one such unentanglement, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ...
Helen Broderick ...
Tamara ...
Stuart Robertson ...
Stillwater Jr. / Stillwater Sr.
Dorothea Kent ...
Aubrey Mather ...
Remington, the butler
Mary Gordon ...
Gertrude, the Cook
Russell Hicks ...
'Hutch' Hutchinson


Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations. Attempting one such unentanglement, Nanette enlists the help of theatrical producer Bill Trainor, who promptly falls in love with her. The same thing happens when artist Tom Gillespie is called on for help. But soon Uncle Jimmy's flirtations become too numerous, and Nanette's romances with Tom and Bill run into trouble. Will Uncle Jimmy's marriage survive, and will Nanette find happiness with Tom, Bill, or somebody else? Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

20 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No, No, Nanette  »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In this film, Zasu Pitts plays Pauline - the same role she played in the now-lost 1930 version. See more »


[first lines]
[Happy Jimmy Smith opens a silver dish to reveal a single slice of bacon]
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith: Pauline, what's this?
Pauline: Bacon.
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith: Well, I know that but...
Pauline: We've already had our allowance for the month.
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith: You mean...?
Pauline: Not another slice until Wednesday.
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Crazy Credits

The credits appear printed on stage curtains. As the title appears, Anna Neagle comes out from behind the curtain, sits to the left of the stage and sings the title song, while different curtains are rolled out, each containing new credits. See more »


Version of No, No, Nanette (1930) See more »


No No Nanette
Written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
Sung during opening titles by Anna Neagle
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Nanette? Noooooooo! What happened to the songs?
6 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My roommate got the No, No, Nanette soundtrack as a dub on a tape and she proceeded to listen to it non-stop. After it finally totally brainwashed me into submission, I found the songs to be irresistible, especially the famous, I want to be happy, but I can't be happy... But of coarse from the soundtrack I had no idea what the film was about. So the other day I saw a copy of it at the video store and I rented what was supposed to be a long lost version of the film. I was thinking that it was going to be amazing, because the soundtrack is so cute. Unfortunately most of the songs that I loved were nowhere to be found in the video I saw. Now I've never seen the 1930 version of the musical but this version was sadly disappointing because there was very little singing and practically no dancing and beside that the sound was really bad through out and you couldn't really understand what people were saying a lot of the time. Really the only highlights of this film were the outrageous 1940's fashion. Nanette wears this crazy hat with two feathers that stick out like rabbit ears and Kansas Kitty has this bizarre feather muff that she keeps on her fore arm and then has herself wrapped in this net scarf. The one dance sequence is a little weird too with Nanette doing this weird ballet stuff with pin-up girl imagery superimposed on top of her. Actually one more bright spot of the film was the artist Guillespe who dreams of being a fine artist but it currently condemned to drawing pin-up girls for money. I like how Guillespe keeps it old school, and disses Nanette when his masterpiece, the piece that was to make his career, is sold by Nanette for a paltry $5250. Doesn't she realize that that piece was his immortality? Silly rabbit/girl with your feather rabbit ears on your hat. When will you learn? Why doesn't he just pencil in a cigarette before the ad men take the Work away?

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