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Chatterbox (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 January 1936 (USA)
Jenny has always been fascinated with the stage, especially since her mother was a famous actress. She learns that a theatrical company is putting on the play that included her mother's ... See full summary »

Director:

George Nichols Jr. (as George Nicholls Jr.)

Writers:

David Carb (play), Sam Mintz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Jenny Yates
Phillips Holmes ... Philip 'Phil' Greene Jr
Edward Ellis ... Uriah Lowell
Erik Rhodes ... Mr. Archie Fisher
Margaret Hamilton ... Emily 'Tippie' Tipton
Granville Bates ... Philip Greene Sr
Allen Vincent ... Mr. Harrison
Lucille Ball ... Lillian Temple
George Offerman Jr. ... Michael Arbuckle
Maxine Jennings ... Herself
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Storyline

Jenny has always been fascinated with the stage, especially since her mother was a famous actress. She learns that a theatrical company is putting on the play that included her mother's most famous role. She leaves home to join the company. The trouble is, she doesn't realize that the producers consider the moth-eaten play high camp, while Jenny is taking the whole thing seriously. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Ago Ladies See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Henry Brandon was in a Hollywood Reporter production chart as a cast member (listed as Henry Kleinbach), but he was not in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Wanderlust (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on a banjo in the New York show and sung by the maid
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Lovely Anne Shirley
10 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Charming film about a country girl named Jenny (Anne Shirley) with big dreams and her head in the clouds. She dreams of following in her late mother's footsteps and becoming a stage actress. Through a series of events she finds her dream actually coming true. At least that's what she thinks, as she's really being used by an unscrupulous producer who knows she's terrible and has cast her in a comedy while poor Jenny thinks she's playing a straight drama.

Anne Shirley is the whole show here. She has some good support from the likes of Edward Ellis, Erik Rhodes, Phillips Holmes, and Margaret Hamilton (in one of her more approachable roles). Oh and Lucille Ball (with platinum blonde hair!) has a small but amusing part. But Anne Shirley is the star in every sense of the word. She's such a treat to watch. Her sensitive, lovable performance carries the movie. Her portrayal of Jenny Yates is one of the more endearing characterizations I've ever seen on film. It's impossible not to like this girl and still have a heart. It's a very pleasant, enjoyable film with some nice comedic touches and a little bit of romance too. Strays off course slightly at the climax but it ends well. Give it a shot and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


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