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Traveling Saleslady (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 March 1935 (USA)
Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Angela Twitchell
... Claudette
... Pat O'Connor
... Elmer
... Rufus Twitchell
... Schmidt
... Mrs. Twitchell
... Melton
... Harry
... Murdock
... Miss Wells
James Donlan ... Andy McNeill
... Freddie (as Gordon Elliott)
... Burroughs
... Pat O'Connor's Uncle
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Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin to cut into his sales. Angela wants to enter the business but he thinks women have no place in a man's world. Inventor, Elmer Niles, tries to interest Mr. Twitchell in his line of toothpaste with various cocktail flavors, but is shown the door. Angela sees the possibilities in the idea; while retaining ownership she licenses it to one of her father's business rivals under the stipulation she will go on the road for a year and sell the product. She steals her father's customers right out from under the nose of her father's best salesman, Pat O,Connor, whom she falls in love with. It's whoopee at night and all-business during the day. Claudette Ruggles, a drug-store owner, also has designs on O'Connor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They Make Business a Pleasure and They Have a Line That Will Break Down the Sales Resistance of the Nation! (original ad) See more »

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Traveling Saleslady was given the MPAA certificate number 666. See more »

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At about 38 and a half minutes into the movie, while Angela Twitchell and her mother are talking in the bedroom, her father's shadow can be seen standing outside the door for more than 15 seconds before he actually enters the room. This means that he should have heard their discussion, thus learning that his daughter is the saleswoman for the competition. See more »

Quotes

Claudette: Darling!
Pat O'Connor: Claudette,where did you come from? Out of a crack in the wall?
Claudette: No, I go lonely for you in New York. I telephoned your office and they said you were here. So, here am I...
Pat O'Connor: Well, I'm sorry. Gee, I wish I'd have known. I'm all dated up.
Claudette: Your dated up? With whom?
Pat O'Connor: Well, eh, with the Chamber of Commerce. One of those, eh, stag affairs. Very dull.
Claudette: Don't tell me I came all the way to Detroit to twiddle my thumbs.
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Sweet Music
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio in the Twitchell home
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Two Stars Shine In Depression Era Comedy
16 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

A TRAVELING SALESLADY & a drugstore queen vie for the affection of a handsome toothpaste salesman.

This was the sort of ephemeral comic frippery which the studios produced almost effortlessly during the 1930's. Well made & highly enjoyable, Depression audiences couldn't seem to get enough of these popular, funny photo dramas.

Sassy & sweet, Joan Blondell & Glenda Farrell make perfect romantic rivals. This is really Blondell's picture - Farrell's part gets off to a slow start - but they are great together or apart and make the film zing.

William Gargan gives a good performance as the fellow in the enviable position of being desired by both Blondell & Farrell. Wonderful, wacky Hugh Herbert, as the inventor of cocktail flavored toothpaste, leads a parade of character actors - Grant Mitchell, Al Shean, Ruth Donnelly, Johnny Arthur, Bert Roach, Mary Treen & Harry Holman - who all excel at milking laughs from every line.

Movie mavens will recognize the marvelous Hattie McDaniel, uncredited in a tiny, hilarious, scene.

While never stars of the first rank, Joan Blondell (1906-1979) & Glenda Farrell (1904-1971) enlivened scores of films at Warner Bros. throughout the 1930's, especially the eight in which they appeared together. Whether playing gold diggers or working girls, reporters or secretaries, these blonde & brassy ladies were very nearly always a match for whatever leading man was lucky enough to share equal billing alongside them. With a wisecrack or a glance, their characters showed they were ready to take on the world - and any man in it. Never as wickedly brazen as Paramount's Mae West, you always had the feeling that, tough as they were, Blondell & Farrell used their toughness to defend vulnerable hearts ready to break over the right guy. While many performances from seven decades ago can look campy or contrived today, these two lovely ladies are still spirited & sassy.


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