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Blessed Event (1932)

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The photograph that Lee Tracy shows to Allen Jenkins as he describes the torments of the electric chair is genuine. It shows Ruth Snyder at the very moment of electrocution in the chair in 1928 and was taken by a reporter with a hidden camera strapped to his ankle. Just as the switch was pulled he crossed his legs and took the shot. See more »

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Referenced in Week-End Marriage (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Shapiro Shoes
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Copyright 1932 by M. Witmark & Sons
Sung by Dick Powell
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Comedic Tour-de-Force
16 March 2008 | by broadway_melody_girlSee all my reviews

The main reason people I know won't watch classic movies is because they "move too slow". Everyone I know this all old films are super-long, slow moving affairs with no action. I can't wait to show them Blessed Event.

Blessed Event (1932) is a terrifically fast, hilarious pre-code comedy with it's main character based on 30's tabloid writer Walter Winchell. Lee Tracy plays Alvin Roberts, the main character, who runs the "dirtiest" gossip column in New York, but events ensue that may have to cause him to give up his column.

If you have an opportunity to watch this amazing movie, do so. If you are already a fan of classics you will love it, and even if you've never watched an old movie, this is a great movie for anyone, if you thought all old movies were squeaky clean, slow, boring, and innocent, you're in for a surprise.


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