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Cain and Mabel (1936)

A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screen play), H.C. Witwer (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Mabel O'Dare
Clark Gable ... Larry Cain
Allen Jenkins ... Dodo
Roscoe Karns ... Reilly
Walter Catlett ... Jake Sherman
Robert Paige ... Ronny Cauldwell (as David Carlyle)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Milo
Ruth Donnelly ... Aunt Mimi
Pert Kelton ... Toddy
William Collier Sr. ... Pop Walters
Sammy White Sammy White ... Specialty - Coney Island Number
E.E. Clive ... Charles Fendwick
Allen Pomeroy Allen Pomeroy ... Tom Reed
Robert Middlemass ... Cafe Proprietor
Joseph Crehan ... Reed's Manager
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Storyline

The managers of heavyweight champion Larry Cain and Broadway musical star Mabel O'Dare scheme up a romance to give the celebrities more glamour. But the two don't hit it off, having started on the wrong foot. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@alumni.umbc.edu>

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Taglines:

WHEN GABLE CLASHES WITH MABEL...IT'S ANYBODY'S WAR! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo NY)) 7 November 1936) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caim e Mabel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marion Davies' lover, William Randolph Hearst, rejected Dick Powell for the role that eventually went to Robert Paige. Reportedly, this was out of jealousy--Hearst perceived that Davies found Powell attractive. See more »

Goofs

During the bout where Gable is knocked out, the camera shows the lighted round indicator. Indicating round 2, the counter changes to 8, denoting progression of time. Back on the fight, the film shows the indicator at round 7 when he is KO'ed. Never got to round 8. See more »

Quotes

Toddy: Listen, if you ever lose that voice, you'll end up as a ventriloquist dummy.
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Connections

Featured in Three Cheers for the Girls (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Robert Paige and chorus
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Marion Davies Was a Natural Comedy Talent!
26 January 2005 | by westeggSee all my reviews

I have to respectfully disagree with the reviewer regarding his take that Marion Davies showed no discernible talent for comedy! Doing comedy was the prime talent that she excelled in. Even if this movie was not particularly memorable, Davies does quite well, particularly in the number with Sammy White--if anything, she's at her whimsical best. Marion Davies has always been underrated in her films, often by those who have not seen enough of her performances. Among those usually seen on TCM are Going' HOLLYWOOD(1933) and PEG O'MY HEART (1932), both pretty decent showcases for her. Her best features are more elusive, those produced during the silent era. Of these, one of the more available is SHOW PEOPLE (1928), one of her most highly regarded films. Her natural flair for comedy is in full force, and should put to rest any doubts about her so-called lack of comedic skills.


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