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The Milky Way (1936)

Passed | | Comedy | 7 February 1936 (USA)
Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and ... See full summary »

Directors:

Leo McCarey, Ray McCarey (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Grover Jones (screen play), Frank Butler (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Burleigh Sullivan
Adolphe Menjou ... Gabby Sloan
Verree Teasdale ... Ann Westley
Helen Mack ... Mae Sullivan
William Gargan ... Speed McFarland
George Barbier ... Wilbur Austin
Dorothy Wilson ... Polly Pringle
Lionel Stander ... Spider Schultz
Charles Lane ... Willard
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne
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Storyline

Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and then have the champ beat him to regain his title. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aivotärähdys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,032,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,170,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When producer Samuel Goldwyn bought the rights to the property in the mid-'40s for his remake, The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) (with Danny Kaye in the lead role), he also bought the original negative and almost all existing prints, and destroyed them. After that time the copyright was not renewed, and the title apparently fell into public domain, and, as a result, numerous VHS and DVD dealers, not having access to original material, included it in their inventories, offering vastly inferior copies. Harold Lloyd, however, had preserved his own original nitrate release print, which became the source for the new digital video transfer used by TCM and subsequent DVD releases. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, after Austin congratulates Mr. Snodgrass, a shadow of the camera moves across Austin's back. See more »

Quotes

Burleigh Sullivan: Mr. Sloan, what is color?
Gabby Sloan: What's what?
Burleigh Sullivan: Color. That stuff you was talkin' about on the radio. That I got!
Gabby Sloan: That's what gets a guys name in the newspapers.
Burleigh Sullivan: Like what, for instance?
Gabby Sloan: Like what? What?
Burleigh Sullivan: I mean like who, for instance.
Gabby Sloan: It's what makes a man stand out from a crowd. It makes him talked about. Dizzy Dean's got it. Bobby Jones has got it. Amelia Earhart's got it.
Burleigh Sullivan: And Mae West?
Gabby Sloan: She's got it in a big way!
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Crazy Credits

After the Paramount logo is seen, a cow's head is superimposed on the logo. The cow then moos in what appears to be a parody of the MGM Lion's roar. The image of the cow transitions to a photo book with images of cows in the background and the credits are printed on top. A hand pages through the book. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

The Milky Way
(1935) (uncredited)
Words by Tot Seymour
Music by Vee Lawnhurst
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Zestful as well as hilarious comedy with Lloyd as the meek milkman mistaken for a world boxing champion
9 April 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This entertaining film deals with a timid milkman named Burleigh Sullivan (the name of the lead character, "Burleigh" is an inside joke since it sounds like "burly" which means 'strongly and heavily built, husky' which the character is not) . Sullivan (Harold Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The newspapers get hold of the story and photographers even catch Burleigh knock out Speed again . Speed's crooked manager (Adolphe Menjou) decides to turn Burleigh into a boxer . Burleigh doesn't realize that all of his opponents have been asked to take a dive. Thinking he really is a great boxer , Burleigh develops a swelled head which puts a crimp in his relationship with pretty girl called Polly Pringle (Dorothy Wilson) . He may finally get his comeuppance when he challenges fighter Speed (William Gargan) for the title. So the sleazy manager decides to substitute him with Sullivan , who is now groomed for stardom. Naive Burleigh does everything the crook says, only to be blamed when it all explodes in their faces big time.

This light-hearted comedy and enjoyable story is basically a showcase for the many talents of Lloyd , as a frail man mistaken for a potential champion and probably to be Harold's last classic picture . The yarn is appropriate , but no equal to Lloyd previous silent productions. Amusing acting by Harold Lloyd as a shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan who accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister . Harold plays a milque-toast weak man , a funny and totally extroverted Lloyd who thinks he really won all those fights that he was signed up by crooked manager Adolphe Menjou who shows to have a big flair for slapstick comedy . Features great support cast such as Helen Mack , William Gargan and Lionel Stander will repeat his role from this original version ten years later and film debut of Anthony Quinn. Producer Samuel Goldwyn bought the rights for the property in the mid-1940s for his remake The kid of Brooklyn (1946), as well as the original negative and almost all existing prints, and destroyed them. The ending struggle scenes for the championship is hysterically fun , an adequate material for Harold LLoyd's physical skills . Beautifully filmed in black and white cinematography as well as atmospheric musical score . It proved to be a very profitable film , being this original rendition with Lloyd and McCarey crisper and funnier than subsequent retelling . The motion picture was professionally directed by Leo McCarey ; however , when director was in the hospital, Norman Z. McLeod directed some of the scenes . The film is definitely for the lighthearted.

This flick has been adapted several times , as firstly the original play opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on 8 May 1934 and closed in July 1934 after 63 performances , titled the Milky Way (1934) , written by Lynn Root and Harry Clork , directed by William W. Schorr with a cast formed by : John Brown, Brian Donlevy (as "Speed McFarland"), Leo Donnelly (as "Gabby Sloan") , Edward Emerson, William Foran, Gladys George (as "Anne Westey"), Emily Lowry, Hugh O'Connell (as "Burleigh Sullivan") . And reworked a decade later by Samuel Goldwyn as The kid from Brooklyn (1946) , it even features some of the same supporting characters the Lloyd version . The big difference is the addition of the songs , the players are : Danny Kaye as Burleigh Sullivan, Virginia Mayo as Polly Pringle , Vera-Ellen as Susie Sullivan , Steve Cochran as Speed McFarlane , Eve Arden as Ann Westley , Walter Abel as Gabby Sloan , Lionel Stander as Spider Schultz . Furthermore , The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1947 with Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo reprising their film roles. And finally a special version titled ¨The Calcium kid¨ (2004) starred by Orlando Bloom , Michael Lerner , Billie Pipper , David Kelly ,in which an English bachelor milkman, 'accidentally' knocks down his boxing club's champion as stand-in sparring partner.


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