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Piccadilly Jim (1936)

Jim's father wants to marry Eugenia, but her sister Netta refuses to allow it. When Jim sees Ann at a club, he falls for her even though she is with Lord Priory. He meets her the next day ... See full summary »

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Robert Z. Leonard
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... James Crocker, Jr.
Frank Morgan ... James Crocker - Sr. / Count Olav Osric
Madge Evans ... Ann Chester
Eric Blore ... Bayliss, Jim's Butler
Billie Burke ... Eugenia Willis, Nesta's Sister
Robert Benchley ... Bill Macon
Ralph Forbes ... Lord Frederick 'Freddie' Priory
Cora Witherspoon ... Nesta Pett, Ann's Aunt
Tommy Bupp ... Ogden Pett
Aileen Pringle ... Paducah Pomeroy
Grant Mitchell ... Herbert Pett
E.E. Clive ... London Gossip Editor Bill Mechan
Billy Bevan ... Taxi Driver
Grayce Hampton ... Mrs. Brede (as Grace Hampton)
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Jim's father wants to marry Eugenia, but her sister Netta refuses to allow it. When Jim sees Ann at a club, he falls for her even though she is with Lord Priory. He meets her the next day at the riding path, but she quickly loses him. He searches all over for her, not knowing that his father's hopeful fiancée is her Aunt. As his caricature work suffers as he searches, he is fired from his paper. But he makes a comeback with the comics 'Rags to Riches' which is based upon the Pett's. But this upsets the Pett's so much that they go back to New York, and he follows, being careful not to let them know that he is the one who draws the strip that parodies them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1000 + 1 Affäre See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Madge Evans's name appears on a theater marquee in a montage sequence within the movie. She was starring with Cyril Ritchard in a West End play whose name was partially obscured in the film. See more »

Quotes

Nesta Pett, Ann's Aunt: The sight of you has brought back a most unpleasant memory.
Bayliss, Jim's Butler: That, Madame, leaves me in a state of indifference bordering upon the supernatural.
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Referenced in Hollywood - The Second Step (1936) See more »

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In the Shadow of an Old Oak Tree
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Rich people can be very silly....
26 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Jim (Robert Montgomery) is an artist and his father (Frank Morgan) a real lady's man. When the father falls for a rich society woman, her family turns out to be very snooty and condescending. Jim is infuriated and responds by creating a series of cartoons lampooning these jerks--and the series becomes VERY popular. However, when Jim meets Ann, he's smitten by her and is then shocked to learn she's from this same snooty family. So, Jim decides to stop doing these wildly popular cartoons and intends to keep his profession from Ann. To do so, he makes up a wild pack of lies...and has his butler (Eric Blore) pose as his father since they already dislike Jim's real father since the father is JUST an actor! Will Jim be able to keep this secret from Ann forever? And, if she learns, what will happen to their relationship? And why does Father show up...in disguise and with a thick German accent?!

In many ways, this film must have inspired the wonderful Errol Flynn film "Footsteps in the Dark". In this other film, Flynn lampoons society with his stories and all of these rich swells hate him...not realizing he's one of them himself! Both films are quite clever and worth seeing. Goofy, fun and the sort of movie they unfortunately don't make any more.


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