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The Golden Arrow (1936)

Approved | | Comedy , Family | 23 May 1936 (USA)
It's the Florida party season for heiresses, with both Oklahoma oil heiress Hortense Burke-Meyers and New York face cream heiress Daisy Appleby in the state. And where the single American ... See full summary »


Alfred E. Green


Michael Arlen (story), Charles Kenyon (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Daisy Appleby
George Brent ... Johnny Jones
Eugene Pallette ... Mr. Meyers
Dick Foran ... Tommy Blake
Carol Hughes ... Hortense Burke-Meyers
Catherine Doucet ... Miss Pommesby
Craig Reynolds ... Jorgenson
Ivan Lebedeff ... Count Guilliano
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Aubrey Rutherford (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... DeWolfe
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Appleby
Eddie Acuff ... Davis
Earle Foxe ... Alfred Parker
Rafael Storm ... Prince Peter
E.E. Clive ... Walker


It's the Florida party season for heiresses, with both Oklahoma oil heiress Hortense Burke-Meyers and New York face cream heiress Daisy Appleby in the state. And where the single American heiresses are, the European bachelor set wanting their hand in marriage are close at hand. While nouveau riche, uncouth Hortense courts the attention, the excitement and the European bachelors clamoring after her, Daisy is more reclusive, wanting to stay out of the party scene and limelight by hiding aboard her yacht. Daisy desperately wants to marry for love, and not marry because it makes good print (and thus sell more face cream for her father), especially as she knows those European men are only after her money. So Daisy offers a proposition to Johnny Jones, a Florida Star newspaper reporter she befriends: marry her out of convenience. What she wants is that marriage license to dissuade all those European suitors while she quietly searches for that true love, a man with simple, American values. ... Written by Huggo

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Here She Is! The 1935 Academy Award Winner in her first picture since winning filmdom's highest honor - - the story of that famous "richest girl in the world" from Michael Arlen's daring tale of Florida's frenzied socialites!


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

23 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cream Princess See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kay Francis turned down the role if Daisy Appleby. See more »


In the opening credits, the hotel registration card and the newspaper story, the surname of the Oklahoma oil family is spelled Burke-Meyers. In the magazine that Daisy is reading at the approximate 52 minute mark of the movie, the surname is spelled Burke-Myers. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear over the silhouette of a woman...with what seems to be her own shadow to the right. See more »


Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »


Pettin' in the Park
[Playing while Daisy and Johnny are on the Loop-O-Plane ride]
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This likable teaming deserved better material
8 April 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love seeing George Brent teamed with Bette Davis and according to a Davis biography, she also loved being paired with this amiable actor. So I began watching the film with high hopes--expecting to like the film. Well, although I didn't dislike the film, I certainly didn't like it all that much due to terrible writing and some ridiculous situations they placed these hapless actors in with this film. I won't even try to explain the stupid plot--it's THAT difficult to believe! So what we are left with are two excellent actors trying their best with drivel. As a result, it's good drivel, but drivel nevertheless. If you are a huge Bette Davis fan (like me), then see this film. Otherwise, it's very skip-able and only a time passer.

By the way, films like this one are the reason that Ms. Davis walked out on her contract with Warner Brothers. She reasoned, quite naturally, that after becoming an Oscar winner for Best Actress in DANGEROUS (1936) and being nominated for OF HUMAN BONDAGE (1934), she'd get better scripts--which she didn't. Despite the walkout, she was eventually forced to return to work, but somehow Warner got the point and began giving her better material over the next couple years. Looking at this dull film, I am glad she walked out for better films!

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