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No, No, Nanette -- Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations...


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20 December 1940 (USA) See more »
Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Anna Neagle ... Nanette

Richard Carlson ... Tom Gillespie

Victor Mature ... William Trainor

Roland Young ... Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith

Helen Broderick ... Mrs. Susan Smith

Zasu Pitts ... Pauline Hastings

Eve Arden ... Kitty

Billy Gilbert ... Styles

Tamara ... Sonya
Stuart Robertson ... Stillwater Jr. / Stillwater Sr.
Dorothea Kent ... Betty

Aubrey Mather ... Remington, the butler

Mary Gordon ... Gertrude, the Cook

Russell Hicks ... 'Hutch' Hutchinson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Armstrong ... Dowager (uncredited)
Muriel Barr ... Show Girl (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Woman at Smith Home (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Art Critic (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Woman at Smith Home (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Woman at Smith Home (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Travel Agent (uncredited)

Jean Fenwick ... Woman at Smith Home (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Chris Franke ... Hansom Driver (uncredited)
Dick French ... Congratulator (uncredited)
Marion Graham ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... Art Critic (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... (uncredited)

Keye Luke ... Sung, Oriental Cafe Manager (uncredited)

Torben Meyer ... Furtlemertle (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Man in Elevator (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Messenger Boy (uncredited)

Sally Payne ... Maid (uncredited)

Frank Puglia ... Art Critic (uncredited)

Tom Quinn ... Congratulator (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Man (uncredited)

Benny Rubin ... Max (uncredited)

Julius Tannen ... Disturbed Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Rosella Towne ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Woman in Airport (uncredited)

Victor Wong ... John, Tom's Houseboy (uncredited)

Georgiana Young ... Show Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Wilcox 
Writing credits
Frank Mandel  based on the musical comedy by and
Otto A. Harbach  based on the musical comedy by and
Vincent Youmans  musical comedy by and
Emil Nyitray  based on the musical comedy by

Ken Englund (screenplay)

Produced by
Merrill G. White .... associate producer
Herbert Wilcox .... producer
Cinematography by
Russell Metty 
Film Editing by
Elmo Williams 
Art Direction by
Lawrence P. Williams  (as L.P. Williams)
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director
Lloyd Richards .... assistant director
Sound Department
Richard Van Hessen .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
McClelland Barclay .... still photographer: portraits Miss Neagle
Music Department
Anthony Collins .... musical director
Other crew
Aida Broadbent .... choreographer
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min | Canada:126 min (Ontario)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

In this version, young Eve Arden plays the character of Winnie, but in the Doris Day remake Tea for Two (1950), she plays Pauline.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?
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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Tea For TwoSee more »


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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Nanette? Noooooooo! What happened to the songs?, 6 December 2001
Author: jmiertschin from United States

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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