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Mr. Boggs Steps Out (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 February 1938 (USA)
Oliver Boggs, a typical office drone, with no success in sight, who can spout statistics about anything and everything, wins $1500 in a bean-guessing contest at the movie theatre, quits his... See full summary »


Gordon Wiles


Clarence Budington Kelland (story "Face the Facts"), Richard English (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Erwin ... Oliver Boggs
Helen Chandler ... Oleander Tubbs
Toby Wing ... Irene Lee
Tully Marshall ... Morton Ross
Spencer Charters ... Angus Tubbs
Walter Byron ... Dennis Andrews
Harry Tyler ... Sam Mason
Milburn Stone ... Burns
Otto Hoffman ... Jenkins
Peter Potter Peter Potter ... Bob DeBrette (as William Moore)
Nora Cecil ... Widow Peddie
Elliot Fisher Elliot Fisher ... Tommy Mason (as Elliott Fisher)
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Theatre Manager (as Edward Kane)
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Mr. Pry
Wilson Benge ... The Butler


Oliver Boggs, a typical office drone, with no success in sight, who can spout statistics about anything and everything, wins $1500 in a bean-guessing contest at the movie theatre, quits his job and sets forth for the seedy, down-at-the-heels town of Peckham Falls. There he buys a barrel factory and falls in love with Irene Lee, the snobbish niece of crusty old Morton Ross, the town's only rich man and owner of the closed canneries. Oleander Tubbs and her inventor father Angus, who sold Oliver the factory, tell him it has no future but he disagrees and says he will have everything booming again. Oleander thinks he is daffy but she and her father agree to help him. Angus invents a collapsible barrel and Oliver, seeing fame and fortune just ahead, spends all of his money just keeping the factory going. Oliver persuades old man Ross to re-open the canneries and to use the ground-breaking barrels and things appear to be going okay, until Dennis Andrews, Ross' slick attorney, tries to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE WAS AN OPTIMIST... He could see the doughnut when others only saw the hole! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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This film was first telecast Friday 26 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1); post-WWII televiewers got their first look at it in Boston Thursday 29 July 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in New York City Wednesday 21 September 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Tuesday 15 November 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Cincinnati Friday 23 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »


References Navy Spy (1937) See more »

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A sweet & delightful little comedy!
2 December 2000 | by battySee all my reviews

This lighthearted comedy seems to have fallen through some crack and been nearly lost. It's hard to know why as it's just delightful. Mr. Erwin is perfect as the naive little man who is absorbed with useless facts, statistics and figures. His life is at his desk memorizing ever more useless information until the day he wins a bean counting contest and the $1,500 prize changes his life forever. He decides to strike out and see the world.

When he lands in a small town and winds up buying a run down barrel factory his adventures are just beginning. He finds not only challenges, success and excitement but romance as well. This is a charming story, filled with laughs that your whole family will enjoy again and again. You will be very glad to have re-discovered a fine film!

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Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA) See more »

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Face the Facts See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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