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Meet the Boy Friend (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 12 July 1937 (USA)
A heartthrob singer, Tony Paige, also known as "America's Boyfriend" decides to wed a Swedish actress. His manager doesn't want this because he is afraid of Tony losing female fans so he ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Staub

Writers:

Bradford Ropes (screenplay), Jack Raymond (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Paige ... Tony Page (as David Carlyle)
Carol Hughes ... June Delaney
Warren Hymer ... Wilbur 'Bugs' Corrigan
Pert Kelton ... Beulah Potts
Andrew Tombes ... J. Ardmore Potts
Gwili Andre ... Vilma Vlare
Ed 'Oscar' Platt Ed 'Oscar' Platt ... Oscar (as Oscar)
Lou Fulton Lou Fulton ... Elmer (as Elmer)
Smiley Burnette ... Band Leader
Leonid Kinskey ... Dr. Sokoloff
Syd Saylor ... Buddy
Selmer Jackson ... Madison
Cy Kendall ... Walters
Robert Middlemass ... McGrath
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Grimes
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A heartthrob singer, Tony Paige, also known as "America's Boyfriend" decides to wed a Swedish actress. His manager doesn't want this because he is afraid of Tony losing female fans so he takes up a 300 hundred thousand dollar insurance policy if Tony does in fact wed. Tony soon meets a girl name June Delaney on a bus who doesn't swoon over him like other girls. He falls for her but doesn't know her true identity. Hilarious film! Written by Taalli

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Taglines:

ADORED BY A WORLD OF WOMEN...BUT A PAIN-IN-THE-NECK TO THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1937 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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To Know You Care
Written by Harry Tobias and Roy Ingraham
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Decent Musical Comedy
21 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Robert Paige is 'America's Boyfriend', a radio crooner who likes to slip away to take a day gig as a sign painter or busboy, stealing jobs he doesn't need from the working poor. His boss at the radio station, Andrew Tombes, is worried he'll marry Swedish girlfriend Gwili Andre and ruin his amateur standing, so he decides to get an insurance policy against his wedding. The carrier is interested, so he has niece/investigator Carol Hughes check him out. He's bored with women throwing themselves at him, so they decide the best way to keep him unmarried is to have Miss Hughes pose as a girl who needs his help but holds him off. This works until he finds out the scheme. In the meantime, of course, she's fallen in love with him.

It's a decent musical comedy from Republic, one of those movies in which eccentrics surrounding the boy-meets-girl plot supply the comedy, among them Pert Kelton as Tombles' annoyingly nitwitted wife. the leads can sing well, but the songs sound like they've been pulled out of the trunk.

Robert Paige was born John Arthur Paige, was appearing under the stage name of David Carlyle and his character's name is Tony Page. He was born in 1910 is was made for light comedies. He was good looking, sang well, and didn't fall over the furniture. He broke into the movies in 1934 and his last role was in 1963's BYE BYE BIRDIE. He died in 1987.


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