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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Was originally set to star Jean Harlow as Kay and Robert Montgomery as Bob. 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

Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Small Town Girl
Music by Herbert Stothart and Edward Ward
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Dick Webster during opening credits
Played as part of the score throughout
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Where is Carvel?
1 March 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

Robert Taylor as a romantic leading man is just as much at home with comedy as he is with melodrama, war films and westerns. Janet Gaynor is superb and it's interesting to note that Jean Harlow was the first choice, because that would have given this picture an entirely different flavor.

And here's an interesting bit of trivia: there are more than a few connections to MGM's popular Andy Hardy. The small town that Gaynor's character comes from is called Carvel. The stage play that served as the basis for the Hardy series set the action in a fictitious Idaho town called Carvel, but in most of the Andy Hardy movies, the location is much more generalized and is basically Carvel, USA. But in this film, it is clearly established that Carvel is in the east. Road signs during one of the scenes indicate that Carvel is 97 miles from Boston.

Janet Gaynor would re-team with director William Wellman for A Star Is Born. Meanwhile, MGM would remake this film in 1953, with musical scenes, starring Ann Blyth and Farley Granger.


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