9 user 1 critic

Hats Off (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 6 December 1936 (USA)
Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been assigned to stir up publicity for separate exhibitions at the 1936 Texas Centennial.


Boris Petroff


Edmund Joseph (original story by), Samuel Fuller (original story by) (as Sam Fuller) | 3 more credits »


Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Best friends Kenneth Reynolds and Raymond Jordan are U.S. Navy officers, and Kenneth is engaged to Raymond's sister. But the eruption of the Civil War divides them, as Raymond stands by his... See full summary »

Director: Lew Ayres
Stars: James Dunn, Mae Clarke, David Manners
Hats Off (1927)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Handymen (Laurel & Hardy) deliver a cumbersome washing machine to a house fronted by a huge flight of stairs.

Director: Hal Yates
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A singer stranded in Panama moves in with an ex-soldier and his hypochondriac roommate; she and the former fall in love, but their romance is threatened by work and the arrival of an old flame.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Charles Butterworth


Cast overview:
Mae Clarke ... Jo Allen
John Payne ... Jimmy Maxwell
Helen Lynd ... Ginger Connolly
Luis Alberni ... Rosero
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Buzz Morton (as Skeets Gallagher)
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Churchill (as Franklyn Pangborn)
Robert Middlemass ... Tex Connolly
George Irving ... J.B. Murdock
Clarence Wilson ... Mr. Pottingham
Val Stanton Val Stanton ... Valet
Ernie Stanton Ernie Stanton ... Secretary
The Radio Rogues The Radio Rogues ... Comic Trio (as The Three Radio Rogues)
Eddie Bartell Eddie Bartell ... Radio Rogue
Jimmy Hollywood Jimmy Hollywood ... Radio Rogue
Henry Taylor Henry Taylor ... Radio Rogue


Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been assigned to stir up publicity for separate exhibitions at the 1936 Texas Centennial.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Music


Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

6 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cappelli in aria See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This film received its initial USA telecast Sunday 22 February 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the West Coast its earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Monday 10 March 1947 on Don Lee's still experimental W6XAO (Channel 2); its next airings were in New York City Sunday 18 September 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Cincinnati Thursday 8 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »


Zilch's Hats
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
Performed by the The Radio Rogues
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

26 April 2006 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

This is a bit of an odd curio, in the fact that this is looks to be an attempted at a high-polished musical by a low rent studio. The Results are mixed here. Some of the songs are rather low rent.. I mean, the Twinkle Twinkle bit is nothing short of stupid, and the final number is just plain boring, but the boxing number and the bar sequence are fun, though implausible (How can a boxing match be commentated by a sextet?) The story is screams 1930s, about dueling fairs in nearby cities, and their attempts to outdo each other. John Payne and Mae Clarke play the publicists of the two fairs, and they try to outdo each other, and try to hire the famous show creator Bosero. Naturally, skulduggery follows. Mae Clarke is okay I suppose, and John Payne plays his Jimmy Stewart imitation quite well, What somewhat fails them is the potholes in the script, like there are incredible leaps in comprehension, how exactly was the Texas tycoon convinced to go to the bar in the first place? Who exactly was Bosero putting the show on for? And since the lead singer / dancer quit, well, what happened then? This is a movie that you really, REALLY have to squint in order to enjoy, and just keep a loose head as possible, because if you think to much about the comprehensiveness of this, your head will explode.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed