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The Tenderfoot (1932)

Calvin Jones is a cowboy who wants to invest in a Broadway play. Ruth Weston, a secretary, learns that her boss, Joe Lehman, is attempting to swindle Jones and pulls a successful coup d'etat producing a play that she stars in.

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Ray Enright

Writers:

Richard Carle (based on the story by), George S. Kaufman (based on the story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Calvin Jones
Ginger Rogers ... Ruth Weston
Lew Cody ... Joe Lehman
Vivien Oakland ... Miss Martin
Robert Greig ... Mack
Ralph Ince ... Dolan
Marion Byron ... Kitty (as Marion Bryon)
Spencer Charters ... Oscar
Douglas Gerrard Douglas Gerrard ... Stage Director
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Storyline

Calvin Jones is a cowboy who wants to invest in a Broadway play. Ruth Weston, a secretary, learns that her boss, Joe Lehman, is attempting to swindle Jones and pulls a successful coup d'etat producing a play that she stars in.

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Taglines:

His Pan Is a Panic! A Broncho Buster who Went Busted on Broadway! (Print Ad- Schenectady Gazette, ((Schenectady, NY)) 4 June 1932)

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

23 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Até Debaixo d'Água See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although the onscreen credits list Richard Carle and George S. Kaufman for "story," the sources of the film were actually plays that each wrote. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Jones: [after seeing some flamboyant chorus boys in cowboy outfits and wearing make-up at a Broadway restuaurant] They may be cowboys; but, they ain't from Texas.
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References Branding Broadway (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

My Pony Boy
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Played when Calvin and Ruth are walking down the street at the end
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A Brown Showcase
11 August 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Comedian Brown gets a showcase here. As a swaggering wealthy Texan, he visits New York where he gets involved with con men using a Broadway show to fleece him. Good thing Rogers is on hand to help him out. Generally, the movie gets better as it goes along, even though Brown's style of humor is mainly a matter of taste. The first part has him practically yelling his lines and mugging it up mercilessly as he establishes his rustic character. Frankly, I found much of this annoying. But as the plot takes over, his character settles down some, but without losing his comedic shtick. Sorry to say, Rogers is largely wasted as the assertive secretary, but it's still early in her illustrious career. There's one scene that's a real grabber, coming near the end. Brown's on a horse chasing the baddies in a car down a city street. But it's a real city street not a backlot set. There's a lot of weaving back and forth, the car even going down a city sidewalk. I'm surprised any LA jurisdiction would let them take liberties like that. Still, it's a grabber in what's otherwise a fairly static story. All in all, the movie should please fans of the big-mouth funny man; for others, it's mainly a matter of taste.


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