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Blessed Event (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy | 10 September 1932 (USA)
Al Roberts writes a gossip column for the Daily Express. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets into a little difficulty with a hood named Goebel who... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Howard J. Green (screen play) (as Howard Green), Forrest Wilson (based on the play: "Blessed Event" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Alvin Roberts
Mary Brian ... Gladys Price
Dick Powell ... Bunny Harmon
Allen Jenkins ... Frankie Wells
Ruth Donnelly ... Miss Stevens
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Roberts
Edwin Maxwell ... Sam Gobel
Ned Sparks ... George Moxley
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Mr. Miller
Frank McHugh ... Reilly
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Al Roberts writes a gossip column for the Daily Express. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets into a little difficulty with a hood named Goebel who sends Frankie to talk to Alvin. But Al has the confession of Frankie on cylinders so Frankie becomes his own bodyguard and information line. One person Al is always taking digs at is crooner Bunny Harmon, because he hates crooners. When he writes a story about Dorothy's blessed event, he comes to regret destroying her life. But more importantly to Al and Frankie, her man may end 'Spilling the Dirt' permanently. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Here it is! The scandalous comedy of a scandal columnist who rose FROM A KEYHOLE TO A NATIONAL INSTITUTION

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bisbilhotices See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first feature films to reference television. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Roberts: Well, I'll be damned!
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Soundtracks

A Great Big Bunch of You
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music immediately after the "I'm Makin' Hay in the Moonlight" number at the Chateau Harmony
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Not The Nadir
5 April 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A brash tabloid columnist turns his BLESSED EVENT style of gossip mongering into a sensation, but creates many enemies along the way.

This is the film that made Lee Tracy an authentic movie star - the role and the actor were perfect for each other. For the next couple of years Tracy would specialize in fast talking shyster lawyers, agents, reporters & flimflam men. In the process, he became one of the most enjoyable performers of the era, always fresh & entertaining. However, after misbehaving in Mexico while under contract to MGM, he would be banished to the Poverty Row studios to continue acting in minor films. Today, regrettably, he is almost forgotten.

But in pre-Code BLESSED EVENT Tracy is at the top of his form: exasperating, maddeningly irritating & wonderfully funny. Warner Brothers gives him an excellent supporting cast to bounce off of - acerbic Ned Sparks as a disgruntled tabloid reporter; peppy Frank McHugh as an overeager publicity agent; porcine Edwin Maxwell as a nasty gangster; and Allen Jenkins as a softhearted criminal (his ‘electric chair' scene with Tracy is a classic).

Boyish Dick Powell, in his film debut, seems an odd choice to play Tracy's nemesis, but there's no doubt about his charm & fine singing style, both of which would soon make him a major movie star.

Mary Brian is lovely as Tracy's girlfriend & Emma Dunn is sweet as his mother, but each tends to be a bit smothered by Tracy's oversized personality. His true co-star is tart-tongued Ruth Donnelly as his secretary. No slacker in slinging the dialogue around, she's able to match Tracy line for line.

Movie mavens will recognize Charles Lane as a reporter; Isabel Jewell, terrific as a much-abused showgirl; and hilarious Herman Bing as a chef - all of them uncredited.


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