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Hi, Nellie! (1934)

The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.


Mervyn LeRoy


Abem Finkel (screen play), Sidney Sutherland (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Samuel N. Bradshaw aka Brad
Glenda Farrell ... Gerry Krale
Ned Sparks ... Shammy
Robert Barrat ... Beau Brownell
Berton Churchill ... J.L. Graham
Kathryn Sergava ... Grace
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Fullerton
Douglass Dumbrille ... Harvey Dawes (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Edward Ellis ... O'Connell
Paul Kaye Paul Kaye ... Helwig
Donald Meek ... Durkin
Dorothy Libaire ... Rosa Marinello (as Dorothy Le Baire)
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Canfield
George Meeker ... Sheldon
Harold Huber ... Leo


Managing Editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to run a story linking the disappearance of Frank Canfield with embezzlement of the bank. He considers Frank a straight shooter and he goes easy on the story. Every other paper goes with the story that Frank took the money and Brad is demoted, by the publisher, to the Heartthrob column - writing advice to the lovelorn. After feeling sorry for himself for two months, he takes the column seriously and makes it the talk of the town. But Brad still wants his old job back so he will have to find Canfield and the missing money. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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English | Italian

Release Date:

20 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'imprevisto See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Famed columnist Sidney Skolsky has a brief scene emerging from a telephone booth and conversing with 'Ned Sparks', who calls him "Skolsky". See more »


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Hi, Nellie
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Also played when Shammy spots Sheldon at the Merry Go Round Club
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Sob Sister Paul
22 September 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In that stretch of years between his performance in I'm A Fugitive From A Chain Gang and The Story Of Louis Pasteur, Paul Muni hit a dry patch with his home studio of Warner Brothers. They put him in a series of films way beneath his talent when you consider what he subsequently did and I'm told he particularly despised this film. From his point of view I can see why.

Still Hi, Nellie! is not all that bad, though I think Muni was definitely a second choice. James Cagney must have been doing something else at the time. The film has the feel of a project meant for Cagney.

Knowing that and knowing how much he wanted to do much more serious parts Muni pulls out all the stops and hams it up to beat the Philharmonic. I guess he had to have some fun.

Muni is your hardboiled editor of a city newspaper, a very typical part for the Thirties. But when he uncharacteristically soft pedals a story about a bank folding and a prominent civic leader disappearing, he gets himself demoted. Publisher Berton Churchill can't fire him because of a contract, but instead demotes him to the writer of the advice to the lovelorn column. That's a source of great amusement to all those who were under him before, especially Glenda Farrell who was writing that column and wanted a chance for some hard hitting journalism.

But Paul is nothing else if not resourceful and when a chance sob sister letter comes to his attention that might give him a lead on that story that he got in a sling over, he runs with it.

Warner Brothers and director Mervyn LeRoy gave Paul a really good cast to support him with Donald Meek playing the world's oldest office boy, Douglass Dumbrille as the editor who succeeds Muni, and Robert Barrat as the political boss of the city and ultimate villain of the piece.

It's not Zola, or Pasteur, but Hi, Nellie is not half bad as entertainment. Just not up to Paul Muni's exacting standards.

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