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Marion Parsonnet (screenplay)
John Cecil Holm (based on a play by)
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Release Date:
7 February 1941 (USA) See more »
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Unknown writer Jonathan Briggs is tricked into buying in to a struggling western magazine only to find that all Is not as it appears. In the meantime, he falls for the publisher's assistant and complications arise. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Shelton ... Jonathan Briggs

Virginia Grey ... Margie Blake

Albert Dekker ... Phil Hendricks

Charles Butterworth ... 'Bittsy' Conway

Donald Meek ... 'Dusty' King

Reginald Owen ... Reginald

Alma Kruger ... Victoria

Rita Quigley ... Regina
Marion Martin ... Wanda

George Lessey ... C. V. Hutchins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Dilson ... Mr. Johnson (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)

Byron Foulger ... Hutchins' Associate (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Mr. Packer (uncredited)
Adam Hayward ... News Vendor (uncredited)

Robert Emmett Keane ... Rudy (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Spectator at Speech (uncredited)
James McNamara ... Fat Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)

Pat O'Malley ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Ralph Sanford ... Turkish Bath Attendant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Reporter (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Spectator at Speech (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ... Essie - the Mason Maid (uncredited)
George Watts ... Guard at Jail (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Street Cleaner (uncredited)

Directed by
Busby Berkeley 
Writing credits
Marion Parsonnet (screenplay)

John Cecil Holm (based on a play by)

George Oppenheimer  uncredited

Produced by
B.P. Fineman .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (musical score)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (director of photography)
Sidney Wagner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Howard Campbell .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Music Department
Nat W. Finston .... musical director (uncredited)
Ray Harrington .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6970)

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Although the screen credits a play by John Cecil Holm as the basis for the screenplay, no record of any production of the play has been found.See more »
Regina Mason:Father, why don't you stand up for yourself; are you a man or a mouse?
Reginald Mason:I must be a man; your mother is afraid of mice.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
must-see for fans of oldtime pulp mags, 3 November 2002
Author: 12-string from United States

A real sleeper, this MGM B-pic is a special treat for those who dote on the pulp fiction magazines of the past. Would-be writer John Shelton is lured into investing money not his own in a shoestring western fiction weekly. Further, he gets drafted into writing the shoot 'em up cowboy stories needed to fill its pages when the current king of western pulps goes on one of his periodic benders. That's the situation which leads to the complications.

Cast is uniformly excellent and film is genuinely funny at all the right places. We get to see the big brother of the fabled Plot Genie machine, plus some hilarious sessions with Shelton attempting to brainstorm 2-gun western fiction. There's even a look inside a magazine printing plant. Shelton and Grey are fine in the leads, with great support from Butterworth and Dekker as fly-by-night publishers and the hilarious Donald Meek as Louis L'Amour's Uncle Dusty, the best western novelist who never got further west than a bar in Hoboken. Anyone who has ever written under a deadline will appreciate those scenes! One quibble: as usual in a movie about writers, every book manuscript is shown in a binder *except* one, and when you watch the movie, you'll understand why.

The resolution is not what one would expect from Hollywood, which gives this modest film a considerable boost dramatically and a slightly bittersweet edge to the finale. Tech credits are fine, although the film was shot on sound stages, like most other films of its time, and it's trite but true to say that an MGM B is the equivalent of an A from any other studio of the day.

Direction by Busby Berkeley is smooth and capable, but there are none of the musical numbers you may expect from seeing his name in the credits. In his directorial career Berkeley made numerous non-musicals, most of them forgotten today, as is this one, which is regrettable. Revivals tend to focus on his over-the-top choreography, not on his more modest productions, and Turner Classic Movies, which owns this film, hardly ever shows it. However, the TCM schedule promises a run of Blonde Inspiration at 7:30 am (EST), 29 January 2003. It's not too early to set your VCR. I've already done so!

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