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Call It a Day (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 April 1937 (USA)
The first day of spring has a profound affect on the Hilton family. The father, an accountant, finds himself unable to work, and when he tries to work, he is wooed by an actress whose taxes... See full summary »

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Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)

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Casey Robinson (screenplay), Dodie Smith (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia de Havilland ... Catherine 'Cath' Hilton
Ian Hunter ... Roger Hilton
Anita Louise ... Joan Collett
Alice Brady ... Muriel West
Roland Young ... Frank Haines
Frieda Inescort ... Dorothy Hilton
Bonita Granville ... Ann Hilton
Peggy Wood ... Ethel Francis
Marcia Ralston ... Beatrice Gwynn
Walter Woolf King ... Paul Francis
Peter Willes Peter Willes ... Martin Hilton
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Milson, the Housekeeper
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Elkins, the Cook
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Storyline

The first day of spring has a profound affect on the Hilton family. The father, an accountant, finds himself unable to work, and when he tries to work, he is wooed by an actress whose taxes he is doing. The mother is mistaken by a friend's brother, who thinks she is the woman he is supposed to marry; when he finds out different, he decides to pursue her anyway. The eldest son mopes because he wants to "motor the Continent" and the father won't permit him to. The eldest daughter miserably laments the end of a romance with a married artist twenty years her elder. And the youngest moons dreamily in her morbid teen way about Dante Gabriel Rossetti. All of this in the space of one day. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une journée de printemps See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A poster for the Warner Bros. movie _Sing Me a Love Song (1937)_ can be seen on a building. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Elkins, the Cook: Mrs. Milson, it says here, garlic and parsley is good for blood pressure.
Mrs. Milson, the Housekeeper: Well, it's wrong. You can't season blood pressure. You've got to cure it.
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Version of Call It a Day (1956) See more »

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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
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Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Lyrics by John W. Kellette
Sung briefly by Ian Hunter
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Low-key comedy wastes de Havilland...
5 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Although given top billing for the first time in her career, it is not Olivia de Havilland who carries this low-key comedy of spring fever running rampant in an upperclass British family. Ian Hunter and Frieda Inescourt have the main burden--as well as Roland Young who makes amorous advances toward Frieda and Bonita Granville giving another of her irritating brat performances. Olivia makes scant few appearances as a lovesick girl batting her eyes at artist Walter Woolf King. Her role is so small it is a wonder the studio bothered to give her top billing. Likewise, Anita Louise is reduced to a small role as the attractive girl next door. Hunter and Inescourt do well in their parts but this minor comedy from a stage play is a trifle easily forgotten. Incidentally, Olivia's sister Joan Fontaine played a role in a Los Angeles stage version of the film. May have been the same one Olivia plays, but I'm not sure.


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