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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 »


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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 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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Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

6 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cappelli in aria See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Let's Have Another
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
Sung by Helen Lynd
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Dallas and Fort Worth?
2 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A couple of cities which sound an awful lot like Dallas and Fort Worth in real life take their rivalry quite seriously. Both are planning big expositions wanting to be chosen as the site of a planned World's Fair.

John Payne plays the organizer for the show of one of the cities and Mae Clarke is sent in to spy on him for the other. Of course the inevitable happens, need I go any farther.

The songs are provided by the team of Ben Oakland and Herbert Magdison and one of them, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star did enjoy some minor success during the time.

This was Payne's second feature film and first lead after being spotted in a minor role in Dodsworth. He'd have to wait for a few years before hitting the big time with 20th Century Fox.

Maybe this might have faired better at a major studio, but this was Grand National Pictures. As it is it's pleasant enough entertainment but nothing spectacular.

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