A barker at a down-at-the-heels carnival becomes a powerhouse New York publicity man as he transforms a sideshow dancer into a Broadway sensation.
David S. Smith
Just another publicity stunt...Her agent was full of 'em! (original ad)
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Did You Know?
In the original script, Achilles ( Eugene Pallette
) was more specifically referred to as a eunuch, but the MPAA, in a letter to producer David O. Selznick
suggested that word, as well as a few more sexually-suggestive lines, be removed. Thus, there are two attempts at getting that point across - during registration at the hotel and when Achilles speaks to the maid and she asks if he's a "different" kind of Turk. See more
Shirley Chambers' onscreen character name is "Gladys," but she says her name is "Ella Beebee." She is never called Gladys. See more
James 'Jimmy' Bates
Now that doom has struck the old time carney, the day of Depression is past. The day of reconstruction is here! Bucolic gentry will no longer pay for the Old Faldaldo. You can no longer sell the Fat Lady for a dime. The Day of the Snake is over! The Strong Man shall weep. The world is greased with banana oil. Banana oil, professor! The people want excitement, sensation! Baloney and we've got to give it to 'em, Colonel. I'm tellin' ya! We've got to give it to 'em.
O! Mister Carpenter
Lyrics by Edward Eliscu
Music by Harry Akst
Performed several times by Lupe Velez
, often with Lee Tracy
Also used as background music See more