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It Pays to Advertise (1931)

To prove his thesis that any product--even one that doesn't exist--can be merchandized if it is advertised properly, a young man gets together with his father's savvy secretary to market a ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tuttle

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Ethel Doherty (adaptation), Walter C. Hackett (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Norman Foster ... Rodney Martin
Carole Lombard ... Mary Grayson
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Ambrose Peale
Eugene Pallette ... Cyrus Martin
Lucien Littlefield ... Adams
Judith Wood ... Countess de Beaurien (as Helen Johnson)
Louise Brooks ... Thelma Temple
Morgan Wallace ... L.R. McChesney
Tom Kennedy ... Perkins
Marcia Manners Marcia Manners ... Miss Burke
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Office Boy (as Junior Coghlan)
John Howell John Howell ... Johnson
John Sinclair John Sinclair ... Window Cleaner
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To prove his thesis that any product--even one that doesn't exist--can be merchandized if it is advertised properly, a young man gets together with his father's savvy secretary to market a non-existent laundry soap. Complications ensue when his "product" turns out to be more successful than even he imagined--and now he has to deliver. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 February 1931 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 not have ever been televised. See more »

Quotes

Rodney Martin: Listen, Father, I want to get married.
Cyrus Martin: Married? You don't actually mean that you want to marry this, er chorus girl, do you?
Rodney Martin: She isn't a chorus girl, Father. She's the star.
Cyrus Martin: I don't care what she is.
Rodney Martin: Well now wait a minute. Let's get this straight; I don't want to marry that girl.
Cyrus Martin: No? Well, then who is the girl? Who is she?
Rodney Martin: The girl?
Cyrus Martin: Why, certainly - the girl. You're not going to marry a polo pony, are you? Who is the little, gurgling, blue-eyed fool?
Rodney Martin: Well, now Father, she isn't a fool and she ...
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Pleasant early screwball comedy with Louise Brooks as an aperitif
13 May 2017 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

Brooks only appears in the first six minutes of this screwball comedy and is only competent in a role anyone off the street could have played -eloping couple waylaid by publicity newsmen and involved in a plane farce.

Very short and not really worth anyone's attention.


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