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Hitting a New High (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 24 December 1937 (USA)
Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Robert Harari (story), Maxwell Shane (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lily Pons ... Suzette, aka Oogahunga, the Bird-Girl
Jack Oakie ... Corny Davis
John Howard ... Jimmy James
Eric Blore ... Cedric Cosmo, aka Captain Braceridge Hemingway
Edward Everett Horton ... Lucius B. Blynn
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Andreas Mazzini
Luis Alberni ... Luis Marlo
Vinton Hayworth ... Carter Haig (as Jack Arnold)
Leonard Carey ... Jervons, Blynn's Butler
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Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De zangvogel van Broadway en Parijs See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film lost considerable money at the box office. Lily Pons never made another non-concert film. See more »

Goofs

A Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is seen in the African jungle when Oogahunga is found. Later on, Mazzini refers to Oogahunga as an "Egyptian Cockatoo". Cockatoos are native to Australia and some islands to its north, and are not found in Africa. A cockatoo is also seen later in Blynn's house as a pet, but this is not unusual, as cockatoos have been imported to the USA and kept as pets for many years. See more »

Soundtracks

I Hit a New High
(1937)
Music by Jimmy McHugh (as James McHugh)
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Lily Pons and sung and danced by the chorus at the Chez Suzette
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Bird-brain comedy.
1 January 2004 | by jemkatSee all my reviews

What can one say about a picture where Lily Pons sits up a tree making bird noises while Edward Everett Horton tries to get her down by saying "Pretty Polly"? Well, it certainly didn't appeal to audiences back in 1937, because sources indicate that this picture proved a financial bust and put an end to RKO's attempts to turn Miss Pons into a movie star. I enjoyed it though, and maybe some of the bizarre humour in "Hitting a New High" might go down better today. Of course the plot machinations are contrived and weak, but is there anyone who really watches this kind of movie for the plot? Raoul Walsh keeps things moving along at a brisk clip, and Lily Pons, while not the most charismatic of film personalities, is reasonably appealing as Ooga Hunga the "bird girl". She also gives a pretty unforgettable rendition of Saint-Saens La Rossignol during the proceedings as well, but purists may not approve. However, the film is really stolen by Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore, a not uncommon occurrence at RKO around this time, and for me they give this film most of the entertainment value it has today.


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