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Strictly Dynamite (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Music | 11 May 1934 (USA)
A struggling writer finds success writing scripts for a radio comic at the expense of his high-brow ambitions.

Director:

Elliott Nugent (uncredited)

Writers:

Maurine Dallas Watkins (screen play) (as Maureen Watkins), Ralph Spence (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Durante ... Moxie Straight
Lupe Velez ... Vera Mendez
Norman Foster ... Nick Montgomery
William Gargan ... George Ross
Marian Nixon ... Sylvia Montgomery
Eugene Pallette ... Sourwood Sam
Sterling Holloway ... Elmer Fleming
Minna Gombell ... Miss Le Seur
Leila Bennett ... Miss Mary Hoffman
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Bailey
Berton Churchill ... Mr. Rivers
Irene Franklin ... Mrs. Figg
Jackie Searl ... Robin Figg (as Jackie Searle)
Stanley Fields ... Pussy
Tom Kennedy ... Junior
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Storyline

A struggling writer finds success writing scripts for a radio comic at the expense of his high-brow ambitions.

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinamite... e Nada Mais! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy Durante and Lupe Velez were borrowed from MGM and Norman Foster was borrowed from Fox for this film. See more »

Goofs

NIck's telegram from Atlantic City to his secretary Mary is dated October 24. Later, when Moxie gets a report from the detective agency about Nick and Vera's trip to Atlantic City, it's dated September 15. See more »

Quotes

Georgie: Well, where's the gags?
Sylvia: Oh, it doesn't have gags. It's a satire.
Georgie: Oh, Moxie would give this cabbage the raspberry!
Sylvia: The what?
Georgie: This stuff is too mild! Too high brow. You gotta have punch lines. Bellies and...
Sylvia: Bell- eh, what?
Georgie: Bellies. Laughs that come from - eh, way down here.
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Connections

References Little Women (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing It Sister
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played and Sung by The Mills Brothers
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Not Dynamite But Good Fun
13 June 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Jimmy Durante is relatively subdued here. Maybe because his leading lady is Lupe Velez, who was not exactly a quiet or subtle performer herself. (I love her anyway.) This has a great supporting cast -- Tom Kennedy, Eugene Palette, many, many more.

The plot involves unsuccessful poet Norman Foster's being drawn into to the world of show biz. He begins to write gags for comic Durante, who terms them, and anything he likes, as dynamite.

Foster is smitten with Durante's flirtatious partner Velez. His wife Marian Nixon is patient -- sort of. Things get resolved and there's plenty of fun along the way.


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