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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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Complete credited cast:
... James Crocker, Jr.
... James Crocker - Sr. / Count Olav Osric
... Ann Chester
... Bayliss, Jim's Butler
... Eugenia Willis, Nesta's Sister
... Bill Macon
... Lord Frederick 'Freddie' Priory
... Nesta Pett, Ann's Aunt
... Ogden Pett
... Paducah Pomeroy
... Herbert Pett
... London Gossip Editor Bill Mechan
... Taxi Driver
... 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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14 August 1936 (USA)  »

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1000 + 1 Affäre  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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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Transatlantic Screwball Shenanigans
28 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

How on earth could one not enjoy a screwball comedy like "Piccadilly Jim?" Directing a nimble cast that included Robert Montgomery, Eric Blore, Billie Burke, Cora Witherspoon, Robert Benchley and Frank Morgan, Robert Z. Leonard kept this '36 movie popping merrily along, stirring up mayhem of one kind or another and garnering plenty of laughter along the way. Yes, okay, it's dated, and one can see the denouement coming a long way off, but -- despite its predictable nature -- the film has a satisfyingly madcap flavor that can only from the comic timing and talent of the team of acting pros assembled here. Veteran Eric Blore (playing yet another of his seemingly unlimited roster of butlers) steals every scene he is in. P.G. Wodehouse wrote the story on which the movie is based and -- for once -- none of the multitude of writers and re-writers hired by the studio for screenplay adaptation purposes managed to deflate Wodehouse's airy insouciance. It's a small gem of a movie and one too infrequently seen. Nab it!


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