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Professional Sweetheart (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 9 June 1933 (USA)
A vice-free radio singer wants to experience the dark side of life, so a press agent convinces her sponsor to choose a "professional sweetheart" from her fans.

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William A. Seiter

Writer:

Maurine Dallas Watkins (as Maurine Watkins)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Glory Eden
Norman Foster ... Jim Davey
Zasu Pitts ... Elmerada de Leon
Frank McHugh ... Speed Dennis
Allen Jenkins ... O'Connor
Gregory Ratoff ... Samuel 'Sam' Ipswich
Franklin Pangborn ... Herbert Childress
Lucien Littlefield ... Ed - the Announcer
Edgar Kennedy ... Tim Kelsey
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Winston Appleby
Sterling Holloway ... Stu
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Storyline

Radio singer Glory Eden is publicized as the ideal of American womanhood, in order to sell the sponsor's product Ippsie-Wippsie Washcloths. In reality, Glory would like to at least sample booze, jazz, gambling, and men. When the strain of representing "purity" brings her to rebellion, the sponsor and his nutty henchmen pick her a public-relations "sweetheart" from fan mail. But they soon find that young love is not to be trifled with. Includes spicy pre-Code episodes and satirical jabs at a variety of targets. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Careless See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Working titles were "Careless" and then "The Purity Girl". See more »

Quotes

Glory Eden: I wanna sin and suffer, and now I'm only sufferin'.
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Connections

Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Daybreak
(uncredited)
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
Played instrumentally during a scene in Ginger Rogers' apartment
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In Search Of The Purest Anglo-Saxon
17 January 2004 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

The sponsors of a rowdy radio singer find a somber PROFESSIONAL SWEETHEART to keep her satisfied and out of trouble.

Ginger Rogers dominates this Pre-Code comedy with her saucy performance as the spoiled warbler. This was her first starring role and she makes the most of it, pouting and prancing across the screen (often in her lingerie) talking bold & brassy, but actually just longing for the right male to come along and knock her into submission. Disturbing implications aside, she is an eyeful and a great deal of fun to watch.

Norman Foster deftly underplays his role as a stolid Tennessee backwoodsman whose whole life is commandeered by Ms. Rogers and the avaricious makers of the Ippsie Wippsie wash cloth. His eventual break for freedom, with Rogers in tow, will elicit deep approval from at least one gender in the viewing audience.

A wonderful cast of character actors help support the stars: Gregory Ratoff as Ginger's scheming sponsor; Frank McHugh as his eager beaver press agent; ZaSu Pitts as a silly sob sister; Franklin Pangborn as a nervous decorator; Edgar Kennedy as owner of a rival wash rag company; Allen Jenkins as his factotum; and Sterling Holloway as a slow-talking reporter.

Movie mavens will recognize an unbilled Akim Tamiroff as a hotel room service waiter.


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