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Honey (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 29 March 1930 (USA)
A once-wealthy sister and brother rent out their Southern mansion and stay on as cook and butler.


Wesley Ruggles


Alice Duer Miller (book), A.E. Thomas (play) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Nancy Carroll ... Olivia Dangerfield
Harry Green ... J. William Burnstein
Lillian Roth ... Cora Falkner
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Charles Dangerfield
Stanley Smith ... Burton Crane
Mitzi Green ... Doris
Zasu Pitts ... Mayme
Jobyna Howland ... Mrs. Falkner
Charles Sellon ... Randolph Weeks


A once-wealthy sister and brother rent out their Southern mansion and stay on as cook and butler. Written by Determined Copy Editor

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based on play | based on book | See All (2) »


The Snappiest Show Of The Season --- Now! See more »


Comedy | Musical








Release Date:

29 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honey: A Musical Farce See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Alternate-language version of Chérie (1930) See more »


In My Little Hope Chest
Written by W. Franke Harling and Sam Coslow
Sung by Nancy Carroll
Sung by Nancy Carroll and Stanley Smith at the end of the movie
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Will Someone Please Strangle Mitzi Green?
4 January 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Skeets Gallagher and sister Nancy Carroll need money, so they have to rent out their southern plantation to Jobyna Howland, who drags along her daughter, Lilian Roth, Stanley Smith (whom she wants Lilian to marry) and Harry Green to watch her jewelry. She insists on white servants, so in come upstairs maid Zasu Pitts and her daughter Mitzi Green. The butler and cook get tossed in jail for drunk and disorderly, so Gallagher and Carroll pretend to be servants.

It's an erratically produced musical comedy. Miss Carroll is always beautiful and charming, particularly when she is pretending to be Irish for no particular reason; Gallagher is at his best at the very beginning, when he is angry and annoying; Miss Howland plays her role in a manner that suggest an evil May Robson and has the best lines; Miss Pitts & Mr. Green, the two surest comic performers, could have been cut out of the movie without a loss; Mitzi Green is continually annoying and absolutely necessary to the plot; and the best musical number is a "darkie revival" chorus led by an uncredited Louise Beavers! -- although Lilian Roth gets in a hot verse.

Usually when watching movies this old I am able to compartmentalize my reactions -- how it might appeal to a contemporary audience in one of Paramount's big-city Whites-Only movie palaces, how it might strike modern audiences, kept carefully separate. Between the actors switching registers (not only Carroll and Gallagher, but Roth, from lady to her more raucous, stagey character), I was absolutely whipsawed.

I will tell you one thing: Louise Beavers could sing!

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