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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 »




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.

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Tops in Youth...Melody...Charm


Comedy | Music


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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 »


Let's Have Another
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
Sung by Helen Lynd
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John Payne First Starring Movie - For John Payne Completists
8 February 2017 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

I was wondering why John Payne looked like and acted like Jimmy Stewart in this movie. I think it was because 1936 was Stewart's break out year. He starred in four movies and had good parts in four more. His career was exploding. Somebody probably saw Payne and figured people would think he was Stewart. Payne never quite reached Stewart's level of super-stardom, but he seemed to have a greater acting range, playing tough guys as easily as sweetheart roles. Here, he is quite affable and charming. One wishes he had more screen time. This is also Sam Fuller's first screenplay. I am not that familiar with Fuller's corpus except for some of his major works - "The Big Red One," "Shock Corridor" "The Naked Kiss" and "Pick Up on South Street." This seems quite different from the other works that I've seen by him, much lighter in tone. Mae Clarke is dull and Helen Lynn does seem to be doing a Gracie Allen imitation. Only Luis Alberni as Rosero hits the right notes to brighten the film a bit. The other characters are not given enough screen time to make a solid impression. This is just passable and I think only John Payne fans would really be interested enough to watch the whole thing.

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Release Date:

6 December 1936 (USA) See more »

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Cappelli in aria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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