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My Weakness (1933)

A wealthy young man bets his uncle that he can transform a clumsy cleaning lady into a glamorous fashion plate, then marry her off to his bachelor cousin.

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David Butler

Writers:

David Butler (continuity), Buddy G. DeSylva (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilian Harvey ... Looloo Blake
Lew Ayres ... Ronnie Gregory
Charles Butterworth ... Gerald Gregory
Harry Langdon ... Dan Cupid
Sid Silvers ... Maxie
Irene Bentley ... Jane Holman
Henry Travers ... Ellery Gregory
Adrian Rosley Adrian Rosley ... Baptiste
Mary Howard ... Diana Griffith (as Mary Rogers)
Irene Ware ... Eve Millstead
Barbara Weeks ... Lois Crowley
Susan Fleming ... Jacqueline Wood
Marcelle Edwards ... Marion
Marjorie King ... Lillian
Jean Allen ... Consuello
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A wealthy young man bets his uncle that he can transform a clumsy cleaning lady into a glamorous fashion plate, then marry her off to his bachelor cousin.

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Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That's My Weakness See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A copy of this film survives at UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

Quotes

Looloo Blake: Maxie used to be deaf and dumb, but now he can hear.
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Be Careful
Music and Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva, Leo Robin and Richard A. Whiting
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funny, odd and adorable
11 August 2014 | by PKazeeSee all my reviews

I caught a 35mm screening of MY WEAKNESS at the 12th annual Capitolfest in Rome, NY and absolutely adored it. It's a twist on Pygmalion in which an uncouth office cleaning woman (Lilian Harvey) with hidden intentions, agrees to a make-over, leading her to deceive three different men into wanting to marry her... Charles Butterworth, Henry Travers and Lew Ayers. The dialogue is often reminiscent of what one might expect from the mouth of Groucho Marx, and it is laden with innuendo (when chastised for not taking an interest in his uncle's brassier manufacturing business, the playboy nephew indicates he does his best to stay in touch with their product," and in another scene, a saleswoman announces that "brassieres will be half-off on Tuesday".) Best of all is a song titled YOU CAN BE HAD - BE CAREFUL sung by animated nick-knacks, toys, human wine-stopper cork figurines and Rodin's "The Thinker", one figurine ridiculously having the voice of Popeye. Additionally, movie star magazine portraits join the chorus, adding the (imitated?) voices of - among others - Janet Gaynor, Clara Bow and Will Rogers (whose daughter, Mary, also has a role in the film). Also featured in the film - as Cupid - is Harry Langdon.


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