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Cain and Mabel (1936)

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.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screen play), H.C. Witwer (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Mabel O'Dare
Clark Gable ... Larry Cain
Allen Jenkins ... Dodo
Roscoe Karns ... Reilly
Walter Catlett ... Jake Sherman
Robert Paige ... Ronny Cauldwell (as David Carlyle)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Milo
Ruth Donnelly ... Aunt Mimi
Pert Kelton ... Toddy
William Collier Sr. ... Pop Walters
Sammy White Sammy White ... Specialty - Coney Island Number
E.E. Clive ... Charles Fendwick
Allen Pomeroy Allen Pomeroy ... Tom Reed
Robert Middlemass ... Cafe Proprietor
Joseph Crehan ... Reed's Manager
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Storyline

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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Warner Brothers' Biggest Musical Extravaganza in Three Years! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caim e Mabel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite being a financial and critical disappointment, this film's production was a great source of publicity for Warner Brothers, particularly when it came to the expansion of Stage 16, so that the musical number "A Thousand Love Songs" could be filmed there. Sheilah Graham, a syndicated entertainment columnist, reported that raising the stage 35 feet in height took four weeks (with 200) workers, and cost $300,000. See more »

Goofs

During the bout where Gable is knocked out, the camera shows the lighted round indicator. Indicating round 2, the counter changes to 8, denoting progression of time. Back on the fight, the film shows the indicator at round 7 when he is KO'ed. Never got to round 8. See more »

Quotes

Jacob 'Jake' Sherman: See you later, my little artichoke.
Mabel O'Dare: All right, my Spanish onion.
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Soundtracks

Coney Island
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played at the rehearsals in the theater and hotel room
Performed by Marion Davies, Sammy White and chorus
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a step back for Gable
18 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Despite whether or not people came to see this movie (and they did), this movie was a real step back for Clark Gable in his attempt to gain acceptance as a starring actor. For several years, his movies had improved both in budgets and writing and by now he was a huge star at MGM. So, why, I ask was he starring in such as lousy film that is ONLY redeemed by his screen presence?! The plot is 100% dumb and seems much more like one of his films from 1931 or 1932. Marion Davies, also, has almost no charisma or spark as his love interest. I've enjoyed her i other films, but her character is just awful in this movie. If I were in Gable's shoes, I wouldn't have fallen for her. Punched her,...maybe. The film is a battle (and this is definitely the focus) between the leads and it's very hard to see them eventually falling for each other. Unbelievable and sloppy.

Oddly, while most critics disliked this movie strongly, almost 60% of the scores on IMDb as of this date have given this movie a score of 10!!! While I understand that some might like this movie (after all, everybody is entitled to their opinion), I strongly suspect some person or persons have deliberately flooded IMDb with scores of 10, as by any objective standard, it's not a great film. Even his GREAT films that are in the IMDb TOP 250 (such as GONE WITH THE WIND or IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT) have a MUCH lower percentage of scores of 10 (with less than 40% of the scores being 10 for each). So, don't believe the high score--something fishy is happening here!


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