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Shoot the Works (1934)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Oakie ... Nicky Nelson
Ben Bernie ... Joe Davis
Dorothy Dell ... Lily Raquel
Alison Skipworth ... The Countess
Roscoe Karns ... Sailor Burke
Arline Judge ... Jackie Donovan
William Frawley ... Larry Hale
Lew Cody ... Axel Hanratty
Paul Cavanagh ... Alvin Ritchie
Monte Vandergrift ... Man from Board of Health
Jill Dennett Jill Dennett ... Wanda
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Prof. Jonas
Tony Merlo Tony Merlo ... Headwaiter
Ben Taggart ... Detective
Charles McAvoy Charles McAvoy ... Cop
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The Old Mastro himself...in his first picture...leads his lads and lassies in and out of six new song hits! (original poster) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1934 (USA) See more »

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Thank Your Stars See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Before this movie was released in July 1934, two of its actors had died. Lew Cody died of heart disease on 31 May 1934, and 19-year-old Dorothy Dell was killed in a car accident eight days later. See more »

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Version of Some Like It Hot (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Take a Lesson from the Lark
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Copyright 1934 by Famous Music Corporation
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Dorothy Dell in Her Final Film
28 March 2015 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This Ben Hecht story is a bit uneven but showcases Jack Oakie and Dorothy Dell, so how bad can it be? Oakie plays a showbiz conman, hawking a stuffed whale exhibit on 42nd and doing anything to get noticed. He has stooge Roscoe Karns doing a flagpole sitting bit, while Arline Judge snags the unwary old men. It's all a con. Alison Skipworth sells the tickets.

Oakie runs into Dell in a talent agent's office. He's trying to sell a song. Dell hears the song "With My Eyes Wide Open" and suggests they do an act. That brings Dell into the gang. But Dell is discovered one night singing with Ben Bernie's orchestra. She becomes a star, Oakie becomes a bum. Familiar story.

Oakie is quite good here since Karns gets the goon role. Dell, in her final film, is excellent. It's hard to believe this 19-year-old would be dead within a few months (car crash). Lew Cody, who plays the agent, would also be dead within a month of the film's wrap.

Skipworth, Judge, Cody, Karns, and William Frawley as a Walter Winchell type as all excellent. Cody gets the best catchphrase with his "Goodbye, please!" comment. Worth a look.


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