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Stepping Out (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 April 1931 (USA)
When Sally (Charlotte Greenwood) and Eve (Leila Hyams) take a vacation together to make their rich husbands miss them, the boys (Reginald Denny and Harry Stubbs) promptly invite over two ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Greenwood ... Sally Smith
Reginald Denny ... Tom Martin
Leila Hyams ... Eve Martin
Lilian Bond ... Cleo Del Rio
Cliff Edwards ... Paul Perkins
Merna Kennedy ... Madge Horton
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Tubby Smith
Richard Tucker ... Charley Miller
Kane Richmond ... Hal Rogers
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Parker


When Sally (Charlotte Greenwood) and Eve (Leila Hyams) take a vacation together to make their rich husbands miss them, the boys (Reginald Denny and Harry Stubbs) promptly invite over two gold digging actresses (Lilian Bonds and Merna Kennedy) for an after hours "audition." But when the girls return expectedly and catch the lads in the act, they clean out their bank accounts, pick up two lugs (Cliff Edwards and Kane Richmond) and proceed to teach their spouses a lesson. Based on a play by Elmer Harris (Johnny Belinda) and co-adapted by the author himself, Stepping Out stars zany second banana Charlotte Greenwood in a rare, top-billed performance. Renowned for her legendary high-kick, Greenwood performs the long-legged shtick that made her famous as well as a charming duet with fellow vaudevillian Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards, who later gained screen immortality as the voice of Jiminy Cricket. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fora do Sério See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A print of this film with sound discs, survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »


When confronted by their husbands, Sally's cigar switches from her left hand to her right when Tubby brandishes the carving knife. See more »

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OK little precode but nothing to write home about
4 July 2010 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

The main problem here is the plot. It has some good ideas, but even at a short running time of 73 minutes I found myself looking at my watch. This might have been a great two-reel comedy, but there simply is not enough plot to stretch over the allotted time.

The plot revolves around two couples - Tom and Eve (Reginald Denny and Leila Hyams) and Sally and Tubby (Charlotte Greenwood and Harry Stubbs). Both couples are well-off financially, and Tom and Tubby are currently producing a motion picture together. The wives, feeling somewhat displaced by their husbands busy work schedule, decide to go to Agua Caliente, a race track and resort in Tijuana that was a fashionable destination at the time. They hope to have fun for a few days and get their husbands to start missing them as well.

The problems begin when Tubby decides to invite two pretty young ladies over to Tom's house - where they are supposed to be working - based on the fact that the two girls claim to find Tubby wildly attractive. One look in the mirror should have convinced Tubby that these two girls couldn't be completely on the level. Then unexpectedly the wives return home because one of them forgot her luggage. Add to that the fact that Tom and Tubby's lawyer had them both put their money in their wives' names in case the picture bombed and lost money - and the girls find the papers that give them title - and you have all the elements of a marital farce with the fellows having big stakes in getting their wives to forgive them.

I'd recommend this one, because there are some genuinely funny moments and gags throughout, just realize this is not the sauciest or the snappiest little precode out there.

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