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Nothing Sacred (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 November 1937 (USA)
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An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.

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Complete credited cast:
... Hazel Flagg
... Wally Cook
... Dr. Enoch Downer
... Oliver Stone
... Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
... Master of Ceremonies
Troy Brown Sr. ... Ernest Walker (as Troy Brown)
... Max Levinsky
... Vermont Drugstore Lady
... Vermont Baggage Man
Raymond Scott and His Quintet ... Novelty Swing Orchestra (as Raymond Scott and his Quintette)
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Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace incident was a complete misdiagnosis with mixed emotions. She is happy not to be dying, but she, who has never traveled the world, was going to use the money paid to her by her factory to go to New York in style. She believes her dreams can still be realized when Wally Cook arrives in town. He is a New York reporter with the Morning Star newspaper. He believes that Hazel's valiant struggle concerning her impending death is just the type of story he needs to resurrect his name within reporting circles after a recent story he wrote led to scandal and a major demotion at the newspaper. He proposes to take Hazel to New York both to report on her story but also to provide her with a grand farewell to life. She accepts. Wally's story results in Hazel becoming the toast of New York. In spending time together, Wally and Hazel fall in love. Hazel not only has to figure out what to do ... Written by Huggo

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26 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La joyeuse suicidée  »

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$1,831,927 (estimated)
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Trivia

Ben Hecht wrote a role for his friend John Barrymore, but David O. Selznick refused to hire Barrymore due to Barrymore's alcohol abuse. Hecht refused to work on any more drafts and quit the film. See more »

Quotes

Wally Cook: I got in touch with Oliver, er, Oliver Stone my editor. He's toe dancing in the street waiting for us.
Hazel Flagg: I hope he's nice like you.
Wally Cook: Well he's got a different quality of charm. He's sort of a cross between a ferris wheel and a werewolf. But with a lovable streak if you care to blast for it.
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Each of the stars' names are shown on a title card set beside a plaster caricature. The rest of the cast have caricatures alongside their names in the credits. See more »

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Written by Daniel Butterfield
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If its not one hoax, its another.
1 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Absolutely hilarious screwball comedy. A hotshot newspaper reporter(Fredric March)tries to get in the good graces of his boss(Walter Connolly)by exploiting the "imminent" death of an ailing young woman(Carole Lombard). By way of newsprint the doomed young lady becomes the toast of New York City until her health situation is revealed as a hoax. Supporting cast includes: Frank Fay, Margaret Hamilton and Charles Winninger. Lombard is wonderful in the role of the ailing/doomed Hazel Flagg from Vermont. My favorite scene is when March is walking down the sidewalk and a small boy bolts through a gated fence to bite him on the back of the leg and scurry back to safety. This knee-slapping comedy is directed by William A. Wellman and its a crime not to watch.


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