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Bottoms Up (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 13 April 1934 (USA)
Promoter Smoothe King helps a pair of phonies con their way into a movie company. As Wanda heads toward stardom, she turns more and more from King toward the matinée idol. King must decide between his plans and her happiness.

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David Butler

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David Butler (screenplay), David Butler (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... 'Smoothie' King
Pat Paterson ... Wanda Gale
John Boles ... Hal Reed
Sid Silvers ... Spud Mosco aka Reginald Morris
Herbert Mundin ... Limey Brook aka Lord Brocklehurst
Harry Green ... Lewis Wolf
Thelma Todd ... Judith Marlowe
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Rooney
Dell Henderson ... Lane Worthing
Suzanne Kaaren ... Wolf's Secretary
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... John Baldwin
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Storyline

Promoter Smoothe King helps a pair of phonies con their way into a movie company. As Wanda heads toward stardom, she turns more and more from King toward the matinée idol. King must decide between his plans and her happiness.

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For those who like to laugh and sing when tears get in their eyes!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla conquista di Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Spencer Tracy's character didn't mentioned the name of the actress (Margaret Lindsay) but he talked about the girl from Iowa who said that she was from England and got a big role in Cavalcade (1933). See more »

Quotes

Hal Reed: I'm sure your friend here knows what smoked salmon is.
Spud Mosco aka Reginald Morris: Sure. That's herring with high blood pressure.
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Connections

References Cavalcade (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Waitin' at the Gate for Katy
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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Did Hollywood think that Canadians have English accents?
14 March 2018 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

David Butler's "Bottoms Up" has a funny plot, with a group of con artists trying to get a starlet a shot at the big time. Unfortunately, the musical aspect weakens the movie. Without all that, the movie would've been a typical enjoyable screwball comedy from the era. It also doesn't help that a Canadian character talks like an upper-crust English person. Any US citizen who knows a Canuck knows that our northern neighbors don't talk like Maggie Smith.

Other than that, it's a fun movie. Specifically, it's a pre-code movie, so there are a couple of steamy scenes (steamy for 1934, that is). There are the common jabs at Hollywood (the jealous actress, the hard-drinking actor, and the neurotic producer), and an uncredited Lucille Ball appears during the Katie sequence.

A piece of trivia relevant to the present is that Suzanne Kaaren (the producer's secretary) later lived in a property owned by Donald Trump. Trump wanted to tear it down but Kaaren refused to leave, and a court eventually ruled that Trump had to leave it up.


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