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Love in the Rough (1930)

When shipping clerk Jack Kelly is recruited by his employer to help his golf game, his boss insists he conceal his humble identity at the country club.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Riesner)

Writers:

Vincent Lawrence (play), Sarah Y. Mason (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Kelly
Dorothy Jordan ... Marilyn
Benny Rubin ... Benny
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Waters
Penny Singleton ... Virgie (as Dorothy McNulty)
Tyrell Davis ... Tewksbury (as Tyrrell Davis)
Harry Burns Harry Burns ... Gardener
Allan Lane ... Johnson
Catherine Moylan ... Martha
Edwards Davis ... Williams
Roscoe Ates ... Proprietor (as Rosco Ates)
Clarence Wilson Clarence Wilson ... Brown (as Clarence H. Wilson)
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Storyline

Jack is a shipping clerk in the Waters Department Store where he finds that his boss is short tempered and nervous. It seems that Mr. Waters is having trouble with his golf game. When he finds that Kelly is a champion golfer, Waters arranges for him to go to his club to play in the tournament. He also expects Kelly to give him golfing tips, but Kelly finds and falls for Marilyn and the golf becomes secondary to his love. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The Smile-a-Minute Talkie! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

6 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor rabioso See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

"Like Kelly Can" by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh was written for the movie but not used in the release print. See more »

Goofs

Just before the light comes back on in Jack and Marilyn's room, the pitcher on the table appears to jump to the left as the camera appears to have been moved between takes. See more »

Quotes

Benny: [to Jack about Walters] I never liked him, and I never will!
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Remake of Spring Fever (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Doing That Thing (Falling In Love)
(1930) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Copyright 1930 by Robbins Music Corp.
Performed by Dorothy Jordan and Chorus
Danced by Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker
Sung by Robert Montgomery (a cappella)
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Likable musical remake of the superior silent "Spring Fever"
21 November 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

The film is actually a musical comedy remake of the 1927 silent film "Spring Fever", which starred William Haines and Joan Crawford. Montgomery plays the part of wise-cracking shipping clerk Jack Kelly who gets a holiday at a resort courtesy of his employer when the employer learns that Kelly is a great golfer and the employer needs help with his own golf game. At the resort Kelly meets Marilyn Crawford, daughter of a wealthy industrialist, and the two fall in love. They elope with Marilyn believing that Kelly is wealthy too, but Kelly's conscience soon begins to bother him about the false pretenses under which he has married his new wife.

This movie lacks the poignancy of the silent "Spring Fever". Montgomery does a good job as Kelly, but nobody can really replace Joan Crawford as the leading lady. In fact, you get the feeling that this actress was hired for her musical talents - she is pretty good in the musical numbers - and then as audiences began to reject musical films in 1930, MGM cut a bunch of the musical numbers and was basically left with an ineffective leading lady in a film lacking a good plot. In the original, Kelly is marrying to up his station in life. In this film, Kelly falls in love with a girl who just happens to be the daughter of a wealthy man. This film replaces all of the drama of Spring Fever with a musical comedy style. The musical numbers are catchy, but the comedy is somewhat dated. Released in September 1930, it is a good example of how entertainment was transitioning from the Jazz Age into the Great Depression. Recommended for those interested in films from this time period.


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