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Ready, Willing and Able (1937)

Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Sig Herzig (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Keeler ... Jane
Lee Dixon Lee Dixon ... Pinky Blair
Allen Jenkins ... J. Van Courtland
Louise Fazenda ... Clara Heineman
Ross Alexander ... Barry Granville
Carol Hughes ... Angie
Hugh O'Connell ... Truman Hardy
Wini Shaw ... Jane Clarke
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Yip Nolan
Addison Richards ... Edward McNeil
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Moving Man (as Shaw)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Moving Man (as Lee)
E.E. Clive ... Sir Samuel Buffington (Credits) / Bloomington (in Film)
Jane Wyman ... Dot
May Boley May Boley ... Mrs. Beadle
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Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores de Opereta See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of Ross Alexander, who committed suicide two months before this film was released. Because of this tragic event, WB eliminated his name from the above the title credits, substituted that of Lee Dixon who actually had little more to do than to serve as Ruby Keeler's dancing partner in an otherwise subordinate role, and relegated Alexander's credit to that of a member of the supporting cast, even though he played the leading male role, and Keeler's romantic vis-a-vis. See more »

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Referenced in The Honeymooners: The $99,000 Answer (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat Major
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Played during Heinie's recitation
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Keeler, Dixon and Alexander
28 June 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Musical play writers Ross Alexander (as Barry Granville) and Lee Dixon (as Pinky Blair) work out a song and dance while their pants are being pressed. Playing modest for the movie studio, both Mr. Alexander and Mr. Dixon prefer boxers to briefs. The enthusiastic duo may have a tuneful Broadway hit on their hands. A backer mandates they hire an English actress to star, and agent Allen Jenkins (as J. Van Courtland) goes to pick her up. But Mr. Jenkins accidentally signs similarly named Ruby Keeler (as Jane Clarke), putting the show in jeopardy - she's no actress, but is she "Ready, Willing and Able"?

This was, most notably, the last film appearance for Ross Alexander, who ended his life with a suicide...

In what looks like a marketing decision, Warner Bros. likely switched Alexander's billing with Dixon's (he would have his most memorable success on Broadway with "Okalahoma!" before succumbing to alcoholism). Despite the sadness, the show goes on with the happy-go-lucky duo playing well together. Alexander's best moment is emotionally introducing "Too Marvelous for Words" to Ms. Keeler; she and Dixon have a memorable dancing sequence, showcasing the #1 hit show-stopper. Also, there are appearances by past favorite Louise Fazenda (as Clara) and future favorite Jane Wyman (as Dot).

***** Ready, Willing and Able (3/6/37) Ray Enright ~ Ruby Keeler, Ross Alexander, Lee Dixon, Allen Jenkins


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