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The Gilded Lily (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 January 1935 (USA)
A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marilyn David
... Peter Dawes
... Charles Gray (Lord Granton)
... Lloyd Granton, Duke of Loamshire
... Nate Porcopolis
Eddie Craven ... Eddie, Photographer
... Hankerson
Charles Irwin ... Oscar, Orchestra Leader
... Hugo / Innkeeper
... Daisy
... Boat Captain
... Managing Editor
... Subway Guard
Pat Somerset ... Man in London Club
Georgie Billings ... Guard's Son (as George Billings)
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New York stenographer Marilyn David meets Englishman Charles Gray and they fall in love. But Charles leaves town and Marilyn discovers he is a duke's son and already engaged. Marilyn confides in her platonic friend, reporter Peter Dawes, who publicizes her as the 'No Girl' who refused nobility. So Marilyn cashes in on her unwelcome notoriety by becoming a cafe entertainer; in an unexpected way, she succeeds. But can she decide between her two loves? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It Happened One Night On a Park Bench! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 15 January 1935)

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Trivia

THE GILDED LILY made it's world premiere in Buffalo, New York, at Shea's Buffalo theatre on 18 January 1935. See more »

Goofs

In a scene taking place in New York, a streetcar bearing the word "Chicago" can be seen in the back ground. See more »

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Peter Dawes: But popcorn - ah, popcorn was made for watching the world go by. Look. I stick my hand in the bag without taking my eyes off the street. I throw some popcorn in my craw. I chew... and I'm still looking. That's what I call class.
Marilyn David: Sure. Peanut eaters don't know how to live.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Claudette Colbert (1962) See more »

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Something About Romance
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Music by Arthur Johnston
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30's Love Triangle
9 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Entertaining romantic comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray as a pair who have a "date" each Thursday meeting on a city bench to eat popcorn together, sans shoes. He seems to be in love with her, but she longs to meet her dream man for her idea of an ideal romance. And she does - in the form of handsome Ray Milland, who assists her in a crowd situation on the subway. They have a fun date together at Coney Island where the camera takes us on a wild ride on the roller coaster with them; they fall in love instantly. She thinks he's out of a job - he doesn't tell her he is a Lord (and has a fiancée back home in England!). But when she sees his picture in the paper (coincidentally attached to a story done by MacMurray, a reporter) she believes she's been duped. Follows a series of publicity newspaper stories, out of her control, which causes her to become famous as "The No Girl" for saying "no" to a lord. Then he thinks she was just in the whole relationship with him for the publicity. Well, based on her huge public fame, she is amazingly hired to sing and dance in her own solo nightclub act - even though, as seen in a quite amusing performance scene, she has zero talent!

This is a fun, enjoyable romp - a little frustrating in the way of many romantic comedies in which you feel like you know a couple should be together, but misunderstandings have caused them to remain apart. The ending of this was not particularly what I hoped to see either. But - Claudette Colbert sparkles as always, she's great. Fred MacMurray also does a fine job in his part, Ray Milland looks very young, handsome and, well, rather dashing! One thing I wondered about in this film - why are the Colbert and MacMurray characters so satisfied with just a date on a bench once a week, how come they never desire to get together for a dinner out, go to a movie, or any other normal type activity?! Seemed a bit odd to me. All in all, a quite enjoyable film.


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