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Love on a Bet (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 6 March 1936 (USA)
In order to raise money to produce a play (as well as prove that the plot isn't ridiculous), Michael McCreigh makes a bet with his Uncle Carlton that he can begin in Central Park in his ... See full summary »

Director:

Leigh Jason

Writers:

Kenneth Earl (story), P.J. Wolfson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Raymond ... Michael MacCreigh
Wendy Barrie ... Paula Gilbert
Helen Broderick ... Aunt Charlotte
William Collier Sr. ... Uncle Carlton MacCreigh
Spencer Charters ... Plaza Ritz Hotel Owner
Walter Johnson ... Stephen Dody
Jack Randall ... Jackson Wallace (as Addison Randall)
Eddie Gribbon ... Donovan - Escaped Convict
Morgan Wallace ... Morton - Escaped Convict
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In order to raise money to produce a play (as well as prove that the plot isn't ridiculous), Michael McCreigh makes a bet with his Uncle Carlton that he can begin in Central Park in his underwear and, without paying or borrowing for transportation, get to California in 10 days with a decent suit, $100...and a fiance. If he wins, he gets $15,000 to produce the play; if he loses, he must accept a job in his uncle's packing plant. Written by Arlene K. Witt <arlene@inx.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Bet on Love See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

As Michael and Paula are being driven through the streets of Los Angeles near the end of the film, they are depicted as driving past the same intersection twice in successive shots - once in a long shot from above, then in the next studio shot in front of a rear-projection screen. Note the Owl Drug store on the corner. See more »

Quotes

Michael MacCreigh: Now, will you marry me?
Paula Gilbert: No!
Michael MacCreigh: I'm a pauper and I haven't got a cent.
Paula Gilbert: No.
[Less firmly]
Michael MacCreigh: I'll probably never amount to anything.
Paula Gilbert: Nnn... no.
[Not convincingly]
Michael MacCreigh: Well, you'll probably have to take in washing.
Paula Gilbert: Why didn't you say so in the first place?
[...]
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Soundtracks

California Here I Come
(uncredited)
Written by Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva and Joseph Meyer
Played as part of the score when Michael starts hitching to California
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What a fun movie! Witty, snappy, quirky plot.
20 February 1999 | by spinheadSee all my reviews

One of the wittiest comedies I've ever seen. Intelligently written, every line is worth hearing. Delivery and timing are nearly perfect. The story is original; strange, but fun. Nice mix of comedy and romance, with a happy twist ending. Holds up very well against "It Happened One Night" which won all five major academy awards when it was released two years earlier. So many similarities: romantic comedy taking place in a very short span of time under very unusual, but somehow believable, circumstances. Not high art, but if you like the romantic comedies of the 30s and 40s, you'll love this movie.


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