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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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Storyline

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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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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Version of Piccadilly Jim (2005) See more »

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Night of Nights
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Dennis Morgan
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A genuinely successful comic adaptation of Wodehouse
6 June 2011 | by ferenc_molnarSee all my reviews

Not an easy thing to do but the great screenwriter Charles Brackett (and co) and the director Robert Z. Leonard get the speed, the slightly demented humor and, amazingly enough, the knowing social commentary lying underneath the jokes. There's a line up of superb character actors with Eric Blore giving what must be his greatest "gentleman's gentleman" performance. It's a comic performance that is both delightfully silly and surprisingly complex. When he mistakenly tells his master that he loves him, it's believable on a number of levels. And his terror in encountering America's lack of concern with the British class system is beautifully played. One can quibble with Madge Evans as the leading lady. She's game and likable enough but neither enough of an actress to create ample character shadings for interest nor enough of a movie star to command with a variety of facial expressions. But Robert Montgomery's leading man makes up for the unbalance.


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