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We're Not Dressing (1934)

Yacht owner is stranded on island with her socialite friends, a wacky husband and wife research team, and a singing sailor.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Walton Hall Smith (based on stories by), Benjamin Glazer (based on stories by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Stephen Jones
Carole Lombard ... Doris Worthington
George Burns ... George
Gracie Allen ... Gracie
Ethel Merman ... Edith
Leon Errol ... Hubert
Ray Milland ... Prince Michael (credited, actually Prince Alexander) (as Raymond Milland)
Jay Henry Jay Henry ... Prince Alexander (credited, actually Prince Michael)
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Storyline

Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido ao Leme See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A number "It's the Animal in Me" was filmed, but cut. See also The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935). See more »

Goofs

Right before the "Once in a Blue Moon" number, there is a long shot of Stephen holding Doris under the moon. His lips are moving in this brief shot as if he's singing to her, but there is no vocal on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Edith: Oh, stop crabbing. The work is good for your liver.
Hubert: Well, why I'd care? My liver never did anything for me.
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Connections

Version of Male and Female (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

I Positively Refuse to Sing
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Bing Crosby
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Ridiculous
20 August 2006 | by RipshinSee all my reviews

This musical "on crack" is basically a Vaudeville retread. Most of the talent is wasted. The whole "pet bear" routine is quite weird, and adds nothing to the plot, as thin as it is.

Granted, this is an early sound film, but when you consider some of the excellent RKO musicals of the period, with Astaire, this Paramount production leaves much to be desired.

I've never been a Burns & Allen fan, so that whole routine is lost on me. Ethel is certainly her usual electric self, and Bing is Bing. Lombard is definitely wasted. It is interesting to see Ray Milland in an early role.

Certainly, the film is worth a look for its historical significance in studio history, but I cannot recommend it as an entertaining movie. Watch it if you have the time, but if it's between this and some other TCM classic, select the other option.


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