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Mama Steps Out (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 5 February 1937 (USA)
Madcap comedy depicts a rich housewife dragging her family to France to absorb culture.



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Complete credited cast:
... Leonard 'Len' Cuppy
... Ada Cuppy
... Leila Cuppy
... Chuck Thompson (as Stanley Morner)
... Mr. Sims
... Ferdie Fisher - the Bandleader
... Dmitri 'Didi' Shekoladnikoff, the Pianist
... Coco Duval - the Painter
... Nadine Wentworth - the Poet
... Robert Dalderder - the Priest
... Jeanne - the Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... French Guard (scenes deleted)


Madcap comedy depicts a rich housewife dragging her family to France to absorb culture.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Romance






Release Date:

5 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burnt Fingers  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 18 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Omaha 11 September 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), in Chicago 4 October 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Norfolk VA 11 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Fresno CA 12 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Honolulu 11 February 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 26 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Cincinnati 25 March 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), and in Spokane 9 July 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6). It finally found its way to San Francisco 20 January 1960 on KGO (Channel 7) & to New York City 19 August 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Spring Song
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on piano by Gregory Gaye
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Hollering is not comedy.
6 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

The whole thing was played at top-pitch, without mercy; "over-the-top" pitch, actually. As with most of the 1930s "Screwball" comedies, they assumed that LOUD is funny - but it's just idiots yelling at each other.

It's also impossible laugh at anyone you'd rather strangle; the Mama is a driveling moron who spends the entire European trip in their rented house. Go outside and look around! When a Guy Kibbee character is the most intelligent in the whole film, you're in trouble.

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