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Hi, Nellie! (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 20 January 1934 (USA)
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 »




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
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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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PAUL MUNI Lets his genius run wild- shows how great an actor can really be...in "Hi, Nellie" (Print Ad- Leader-Post, ((Regina, Sask.)) 31 March 1934) See more »


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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 »


At the Merry-Go-Round club, Leo removes Sheldon's hat. But, in the next long shot with Brad and Shammy looking on, Sheldon's hat is back on. Plus, he's slumped over and his face is not visible, so Shammy couldn't identify him. In the next shot, Leo has Sheldon's hat in his hand again. See more »


Harvey Dawes: Still running high.
Samuel N. Bradshaw aka Brad: Sure! High wired and handsome!
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Version of You Can't Escape Forever (1942) See more »


From Me to You
Written by Wayne King, Fabian Andre and Nat Conney
Played on piano when Gerry tracks down Bradshaw in the tavern
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Rapid-Fire Newsroom Comedy
30 September 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Forced to write the Heartthrobs column, the former managing editor of a big city paper finds himself exposing a story of murder & political corruption.

Fast-moving & fun, HI, NELLIE! is another example of the comedy crime picture that Warner Brothers was so expert at producing. Casts & plots could be shuffled endlessly, with very predictable results. While this assembly line approach created few classics, audience enjoyment could usually be assured. Here, the look & feel of the paper's busy newsroom is smack on the mark and the performances, even with a script that's too plot heavy, never fail to entertain.

Consummate actor Paul Muni gets a rare chance at comedy here and pulls it off brilliantly, adding just the right amount of drama from time to time. Whether he's trashing his office in a fury, fighting with his boss or going nonchalantly into the headquarters of the enemy to collect information, Muni is never less than fascinating. He is teamed with the equally watchable Glenda Farrell, playing another one of her hard-boiled dames with a heart of gold. It is obvious from the script that their two characters were once lovers, but refreshingly no time is wasted with rekindling the flames - they are just chums, wary & respectful. Their unromantic chemistry adds much to the fun of the film.

A fine cast of character actors helps move the story along. Ned Sparks plays his usual acerbic self as an investigative reporter loyal to Muni. Little Donald Meek is equally good as an aged office clerk who provides assistance on the hectic news floor for Muni & Farrell. Berton Churchill as the paper's publisher & Douglass Dumbrille as Muni's rival both score in their roles.

Robert Barrat, Harold Huber & Edward Ellis all play dangerous bad guys who must be dealt with. Frank Reicher, fresh from his double stint as the captain in the KONG movies, here plays a none-to-savvy lawyer.

Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited John Qualen as a tenement custodian.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

20 January 1934 (USA) See more »

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$223,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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