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The Sap from Syracuse (1930)

Ellen Saunders is an heiress on a cruise to Europe being pursued by a day laborer mistaken for a prominent mining engineer. During the cruise, he foils two crooks try to get rid of her.

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Jack O'Donnell (play), John Griffith Wray (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ... Littleton Looney
Ginger Rogers ... Ellen Saunders
Granville Bates ... Nycross
George Barbier ... Senator Powell
Sidney Riggs Sidney Riggs ... Nick Pangolos
Betty Starbuck ... Flo Goodrich
Verree Teasdale ... Dolly Clark
J. Malcolm Dunn J. Malcolm Dunn ... Captain Barker
Bernard Jukes Bernard Jukes ... Bells
Walter Fenner Walter Fenner ... Henderson
Jack Daley Jack Daley ... Hopkins
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Storyline

Ellen Saunders is an heiress on a cruise to Europe being pursued by a day laborer mistaken for a prominent mining engineer. During the cruise, he foils two crooks try to get rid of her.

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Taglines:

FOLKS! Meet Littleton Looney! He's the craze of the Nation, handing you the grinside dope on the laugh market! (Print Ad- San Jose Evening News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 6 August 1930)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sap from Abroad See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and may have never been televised. See more »

Soundtracks

Capitalize That Thing Called It
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Music by Vernon Duke
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Fun from a very young Ginger Rogers and Jack Oakie
11 June 2009 | by perfectjazz78See all my reviews

I viewed a battered copy of this movie, taken from an old MCA-TV 16mm print. While it only contains one song, "How I Wish I Could Learn To Say I Love You", it still is fun to watch due to the intrigue of the on screen villains and their attempts to take over Ellen Saunders company. The half-wittedness of Littleton Looney fits Jack Oakie's acting style to a tea, thus his portrayal of an earth mover operator whom everyone thinks an engineer is believable.

Ginger Rogers is very young here and looks quite different than in her RKO or WB pictures. While not a sexy vixen here, her impish cuteness in this and 'Queen High' can be quite charming. This is her first starring role in a full length feature. Her first full length feature as a supporting actress is 'Young Man of Manhattan', in which she plays a marriage wrecking teenage flapper named Puff. This is worth seeking out as well.


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