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Local Boy Makes Good (1931)

John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

J.C. Nugent (suggested by the play: "The Poor Nut" by), Elliott Nugent (suggested by the play: "The Poor Nut" by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... John Augustus Miller
Dorothy Lee ... Julia Winters
Ruth Hall ... Marjorie Blake
Edward Woods ... Spike Hoyt
Edward J. Nugent ... Wally Pierce
Wade Boteler ... Doc
John Harrington ... Coach Jackson
William Burress William Burress ... Colonel Small
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John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally mailed and Julia receives it. When the letter says that he is a fraternity man and a big track star, Julia rushes right over to see him. But John is neither and Spike, Julia's boyfriend, is a track star at a nearby College. John does not want to enter the track meet so Julia tries to use psychology on him. That and a good wrestling hold makes John timidly agree to enter the race, but Spike still scares him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

He Learned about Women from Books But It Takes a Co-ed to Coach Him---A Kiss to get Him Started---and He Changes from a "Local" to a "Love-Limited" Express! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flickornas gullgosse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »

Goofs

The position of the black cat sitting on the table keeps changing, each time the camera comes back to show the cat. (approx 5 minutes in). See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Blake: I think Julia's awfully interested in you.
John Augustus Miller: She's gonna turn my libido outward.
Marjorie Blake: What for?
John Augustus Miller: Just so she can look at it, I guess.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a drawing of Joe Brown with the glasses and hairdo of his character in the film. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Poor Nut (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Hummed by Joe E. Brown
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Standard Fair for Brown
28 July 2011 | by mbrindellSee all my reviews

"Local Boy Makes Good" is a fine entry on Brown's resume.

As has been mentioned by other reviewers, this movie's subject matter has been covered better before (i.e., Lloyd's "The Freshman"); however, one should keep in mind that this movie is an early talkie, so it provides opportunities for gags that weren't generally available to earlier filmmakers, and Brown makes the best of these new opportunities.

Having come from the stage, Joe E. Brown is as much a verbal comedian as he is a physical one. Both of these comedic attributes shine in this film.

I am not a big Brown fan. I've always viewed him as a minor film comic, albeit near the top of the minor film-comedian list. He achieved film popularity during his middle age (he was nearly 40 when this early-in-his-film-career movie was made). No sooner had he got his movie career rolling along than it was time for the studios to move him out and bring in younger blood. Having said this, I enjoyed this film. It is a pleasant time capsule.

It is pre-Code, so be prepared for and enjoy the many saucy word games and rapid-fire, risqué repartee between Brown and the ladies.

And speaking of the ladies: They are a pair of knock outs to be sure. Lee and Hall acquit themselves in a fine manner.

One last word: If you want to truly appreciate Brown's contribution to Wilder's "Some Like It Hot," I believe you must acquaint yourself with his earliest films. "Hot" is not the movie to "discover" Brown's talents. It's done with "Local Boy," and films like it.


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