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Piccadilly Jim (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 14 August 1936 (USA)
In London, an American street caricaturist falls in love with a young woman who suddenly disappears, prompting him to develop a comic strip based on a "From Rags to Riches" family, that he does not know is hers, causing her embarrassment.


Robert Z. Leonard




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 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 aunt's family. This upsets them 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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This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 27 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Monday 27 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 25 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally, by New York City 12 November 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Frank Morgan disguises himself as a Danish count and introduces himself as Osric. But at a dinner party with the same people they call him Olaf. See more »


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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Night of Nights
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Dennis Morgan
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User Reviews

Enjoyable comedy
30 January 2006 | by celebesSee all my reviews

I am becoming a Robert Montgomery fan as I see more of his movies. As an actor who made most of his films in the 30's he is largely forgotten today compared with actors who kept making films into the fifties like Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. However he is a fine natural actor, a very good comedian and an altogether charming leading man. His specialty is the warm-hearted, well-mannered and slightly tipsy gentleman in evening clothes and he doesn't disappoint in this film. He pursues the girl with an admirable single-mindedness and belief in the inevitability of her eventual reciprocation.

The film has other pleasures, most notably the presence of Eric Blore as the gentleman's gentleman. This delightful actor is one of the great funny-men of this era. Also in fine form are Frank Morgan, as the ham actor who impersonates a Hungarian Count, Cora Witherspoon as an overbearing society woman, Billy Burke, Grant Mitchell and Robert Benchley as, what else, a lush. Truly a smorgasbord of character acting.

The plot is interesting enough to hold our attention and the little snippets of caricature and thirties-style newspaper comic strip are fun.

The only slight disappointment is Madge Evans as the ingénue, who plays it straight and is no match for the sublime Montgomery. All in all an enjoyable interlude.

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Release Date:

14 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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1000 + 1 Affäre See more »


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$466,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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