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Cain and Mabel (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 September 1936 (USA)
A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mabel O'Dare
... Larry Cain
... Dodo
... Reilly
... Jake Sherman
... Ronny Cauldwell (as David Carlyle)
... Milo
... Aunt Mimi
... Toddy
... Pop Walters
Sammy White ... Specialty - Coney Island Number
... Charles Fendwick
Allen Pomeroy ... Tom Reed
... Cafe Proprietor
... Reed's Manager
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The managers of heavyweight champion Larry Cain and Broadway musical star Mabel O'Dare scheme up a romance to give the celebrities more glamour. But the two don't hit it off, having started on the wrong foot. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@alumni.umbc.edu>

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The penultimate film of Marion Davies. See more »

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During the gargantuan MGM-style "I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs" production number, a stage hand can be clearly seen walking behind a white horse and carriage. See more »

Quotes

Jacob 'Jake' Sherman: Mabel, now, look, you can't do a thing like that. You must remember the oldest tradition of the theater: The Show Must Go On!
Mabel O'Dare: Why?
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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Traditional
Lyrics by Thomas Moore (1808)
Sung by Dick Dennis during the grand production number
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Give Them The Simple Life
3 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Louis B. Mayer got some good currency lending his number one star Clark Gable out to Columbia for It Happened One Night, to 20th Century Fox for Call of the Wild and now to Warner Brothers for Cain and Mabel. Sad to say though this one doesn't measure up to the other two.

It's a musical and musicals back in the day had some truly ridiculous plots, but this one kind of defied belief. Davies is a waitress who becomes a Broadway musical star, but after a while she yearns for the simple life. Gable as he describes himself is just a gas jockey with a good punch who becomes heavyweight champion.

They get thrown together for publicity's sake due to press agent Roscoe Karns. But of course they get serious for real as it always goes in these films.

For myself I could not swallow that these two people just want to get back to their former nonentity existences. I think that would have been a bit much for Thirties theater audiences as well.

Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote two songs for the film, I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs and Coney Island, both of which get a semi Busby Berkeley treatment by dance director Bobby Connolly. My guess is that Berkeley probably passed on Cain and Mabel himself.

Look for good performances from Walter Catlett as the Broadway producer and the aforementioned Roscoe Karns. Robert Paige is in this also under the name David Carlyle and he takes care of the vocal department as Davies leading man and a pretty sappy one at that. Then again he's supposed to not get her.

Davies was very good as a light comedienne, but this material is too much for her.


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