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Goin' to Town (1935)

Former dance hall queen Cleo Borden, newly rich, falls for and pursues an upper-crust Englishman.

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Alexander Hall

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Marion Morgan (story), George B. Dowell (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mae West ... Cleo Borden
Paul Cavanagh ... Edward Carrington
Gilbert Emery ... Winslow
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Crane Brittony
Tito Coral ... Taho
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ivan Valadov
Fred Kohler ... Buck Gonzales
Monroe Owsley ... Fletcher Colton
Grant Withers ... Young Stud
Luis Alberni ... Sr. Vitola
Lucio Villegas Lucio Villegas ... Señor Ricardo Lopez
Mona Rico ... Dolores Lopez
Wade Boteler ... Ranch foreman
Paul Harvey ... Donovan
Joe Frye Joe Frye ... Laughing Eagle (jockey)
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Storyline

When her fiancée Buck Gonzales is killed, dance hall queen Cleo Borden inherits his wealth. Included are oil wells supervised by British engineer Carrington, whom Cleo sets out to win by becoming a "lady." She races her horse in Buenos Aires, gains social position by loveless marriage to bankrupt Colton, and even sings in an opera. But when she meets Carrington again, he's become the Earl of Stratton... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How Am I Doin'? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Emanuel Cohen Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount Pictures production numbers 1036 and 1537 (for New York and West Coast offices). See more »

Goofs

After Colton loses all his money and more at a Buenos Aires casino, he goes outside to the garden to shoot himself. He crushes his cigarette on the ground with his foot but as his foot pivots on the butt, the "grass" tellingly moves with his shoe, revealing it to be an artificial Astro Turf type rug in an indoor set. See more »

Quotes

Buck Gonzales: With any other dame, I wouldn't give a hoot. When it comes to you, I'm dynamite!
Cleo Borden: Yes, and I'm your match.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

MON COEUR S'OEUVRE A TA VOIX
from "SAMSON ET DALILA"
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Sung by Mae West and Vladimar Bykoff
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Mae West Does It Again!
30 December 2011 | by SylSee all my reviews

This film is really a Mae West vehicle and you can see how she inspired today's stars like Madonna and even Lady Gaga with her dazzling outfits and costumes. Mae West had a style like nobody else and was incredibly talented besides her looks. She was a screenwriter who developed her own projects in order to suit her. In this film, she plays a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who ends up from rags to riches. Along the way, she wants high society's acceptance even of her bawdy behavior and attitudes. Her character might be ill-bred, ill-mannered, and raunchy with jokes but she's entertaining and talented with her singing voice. I wonder if it was her real voice. She's going to climb high society even if it means doing it her way. Mae West is one of the great movie stars during the Great Depression and we can see why people flocked to see her films.


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