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Flirtation Walk (1934)

A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general's engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Delmer Daves (screen play), Delmer Daves (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Dick 'Canary' Dorcy
Ruby Keeler ... 'Kit' Fitts
Pat O'Brien ... 'Scrapper' Thornhhill
Ross Alexander ... 'Oskie'
John Arledge ... 'Spike'
John Eldredge ... Lieut. Biddle
Henry O'Neill ... Gen. Fitts
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... 'Sleepy' (as Guinn Williams)
Frederick Burton ... Gen. Landacre
John Darrow ... Chase
Glen Boles ... 'Eight Ball'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Hurst Gloria Hurst
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Storyline

A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general's engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but meet again years later when Powell's at West Point producing the annual play that turns out to star Keeler. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Attenshun! Here comes Warner Bros. military musical!

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Musical | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Começou Num Automóvel See more »

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First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

'Oskie': Great plays aren't written, they're rewritten.
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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Fabulous Musicals (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Thunderer
(1889) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the first West Point marching montage
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The immense charm and likability of the film makes up for the flawed story
31 October 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Flirtation Walk' may not be a great film, but it entertains and charms and it is difficult not to like. Flawed? Yes. Worth watching? Absolutely, with the many good points nearly making up for the few points that don't come off quite so well.

Coming off least is the story, which even for a musical-comedy is formulaic and extremely simplistic. Sadly, Frank Borzage tends to make heavy weather of it, meaning that 'Flirtation Walk' is not quite as light-on-its-feet as it could have been and the patriotism present in some of the film is a little too overt and heavy-handed.

However, 'Flirtation Walk' while not lavish still looks handsome and colourful as well as skilfully photographed. The songs are very tuneful and very easy on the ear, the best of them being the witty and clever "Mr and Mrs is the Name". The script is smart and amusing, if a little too frothy in places.

Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell are immensely likable and their chemistry is incredibly charming and a large part of the film's appeal. Despite the story being less than perfect, it has enough pep and zip to keep things moving at a bright and breezy pace, and the penultimate scene is very moving. Pat O'Brien similarly brings sympathetic emotional impact.

In summary, the story is flawed but the charm and likability (especially from the performances and chemistry of the two leads) is immense. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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