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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:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Kay Brannan
Robert Taylor ... Bob Dakin
Binnie Barnes ... Priscilla Hyde
Andy Devine ... George Brannan
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Dakin
Elizabeth Patterson ... Ma Brannan
Frank Craven ... Will Brannan
James Stewart ... Elmer Clampett
Isabel Jewell ... Emily Brannan
Charley Grapewin ... Dr. Ned Fabre
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Dakin
Robert Greig ... Childers
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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The calendar that Robert Taylor looks at that Janet Gaynor's character is making time on shows February with 31 days. The days are correct for February 1936, a leap year with 29 days, except for the Sunday & Monday 2 added days at the end. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dakin: The telephone is a marvelous invention but you should never use one while standing in a bathtub.
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Opening credits are shown on the turning pages of a book. See more »

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

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I'm in the Mood for Love
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Edgar Kennedy
[Captain Mack hums the tune]
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Good Romance
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Small Town Girl (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Charming Cinderella type story about a poor farm girl (Janet Gaynor) who goes out with a rich playboy (Robert Taylor) and after getting drunk the two are married. When they sober up they realize the mistake they've made but agree to stay married for six months so that the scandal won't ruin his career. Director Wellman handles the rather sappy story very well and the two stars really shine, which is the main reason this film works. Gaynor is very charming here and quite believable as the poor girl who gets caught up in something she didn't expect. Taylor is equally impressive and is able to be charming yet a jerk at the same time. The strong supporting cast includes Lewis Stone, Binnie Barnes, Andy Devine and James Stewart. The film runs a tad bit too long and is quite predictable but there's no denying the charm between the cast.


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