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Small Town Girl (1936)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | 10 April 1936 (USA)
Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while ... See full summary »

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Ames Williams (novel), John Lee Mahin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Katherine 'Kay' Brannan
Robert Taylor ... Dr. Robert 'Bob' Dakin
Binnie Barnes ... Priscilla Hyde
Andy Devine ... George Brannan
Lewis Stone ... Doctor Dakin
Elizabeth Patterson ... Ma Brannan
Frank Craven ... Will 'Pa' Brannan
James Stewart ... Elmer Clampett
Isabel Jewell ... Emily 'Em' Brannan
Charley Grapewin ... Dr. Ned Fabre
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Dakin
Robert Greig ... Childers - Dakin's Butler
Edgar Kennedy ... Captain Mack
Willie Fung ... So-So
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Storyline

Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while drunk and then proceeds to take her out on a night on the town. Kay likes the stranger, and when the drunken Bob decides that they should get married, Kay hesitates little before consenting. The morning after the affair, Bob, once sober, regrets his mistake. His strict and upright parents, however, insist that the young couple pretend marriage for 6 months before divorcing, in order to avoid bad publicity. Bob resents Kay for standing in the way of him and his fiancée, Priscilla, but Kay still hopes that he'd have a change of heart. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Horse Town See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled 'One Horse Town' (in order to avoid confusion with MGM's Small Town Girl (1953),) this film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 6 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 26 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco 7 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 8 December 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Robert 'Bob' Dakin: The telephone is a marvelous invention but you should never use one while standing in a bathtub.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the turning pages of a book. See more »

Connections

References The Merry Widow (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played by the band at Tait's Tavern
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Small Town Girl- Is Big Town Stuff ****
11 June 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Wonderful Janet Gaynor and Robert Taylor comedy depicting the differences between the upper and middle classes of society.

Gaynor longs for a life outside of her town and Taylor represents everything that she wants. Though meeting him in an unusual way, and marrying him while he is drunk, he turns his part as a total heel when he becomes sober. Reluctantly, she agrees to stay with him for 6 months in pretending that there is wedded bliss.

We know that the picture shall be devoted to how the two will find their way to love despite there being Taylor's fiancée, nicely played by a bitchy Binnie Barnes. Despite his cruelty to his wife, Taylor shows an element of compassion in his treating of a brain injured child. Somehow that child will become the link that will bring this couple together and start Barnes packing.


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