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Florida Special (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 April 1936 (USA)
Newspaper reporter Bangs Carter and his rich buddy Wally Tucker end up on a train bound for Florida with jewel thieves and Wally's ex-girlfriend. Bangs falls for a passenger along the way as they try to catch the crooks.

Director:

Ralph Murphy

Writers:

Clarence Budington Kelland (story "Recreation Car"), David Boehm (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Oakie ... Bangs Carter
Sally Eilers ... Jerry Quinn
Kent Taylor ... Wally Tucker
Frances Drake ... Marina Landon
Claude Gillingwater ... Simeon Stafford
Sam Hearn Sam Hearn ... Schlepperman (as Sam 'Schlepperman' Hearn)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Captain Timothy Harrigan
Sidney Blackmer ... Jack Macklyn
Matthew Betz ... Herman Weil (as Mathew Betz)
Dwight Frye ... Jenkins
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Joe
Clyde Dilson Clyde Dilson ... Dominic
Mack Gray ... Louie
Stanley Andrews ... Armstrong, the Railroad President
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Newspaper reporter Bangs Carter and his rich buddy Wally Tucker end up on a train bound for Florida with jewel thieves and Wally's ex-girlfriend. Bangs falls for a passenger along the way as they try to catch the crooks.

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train | railway | See All (2) »

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Stop! Look! Listen! danger, thrills, laughs, ahead! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimnisvolle Passagiere See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Soundtracks

It's You I'm Talking About
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Revel
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The Gentleman Vanishes
31 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Once again, a motley assortment of passengers get aboard a train, this time bound for Florida: wise-cracking reporter Jack Oakie; his drunk pal, Kent Taylor, who has just been thrown over by his fiance, Frances Drake; she's on the train too, along with her fabulously wealthy uncle, Claude Gillingwater. He hires Police Captain J. Farrell McDonald as a bodyguard. There are many others, of course, but the various plots that begin to mix up events when Taylor falls for activities supervisor Sally Eilers, and Gillingwater vanishes.

It's a programmer directed by the unremarkable Ralph Murphy. Because it's a Paramount movie, there is an interesting and large cast, a script co-written by S.J. Perelman, and the camerawork is by Leo Tover. Even when otwasn't an A production, Paramount, with its vast resources, could and did offer a movie with a lot of polish to it. It's fun, even if you don't care for Oakie's self-congratulatory brashness


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