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When's Your Birthday? (1937)

Some shady characters discover that a sad sack nightclub bus boy has the ability to predict outcomes of races and other events through astrology.

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Harry Clork (screenplay), John Frederick Ballard (from a play by) (as Fred Ballard) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Dustin Willoughby
Marian Marsh ... Jerry Grant
Fred Keating ... Larry Burke
Edgar Kennedy ... Mr. Basscombe
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Basscombe
Suzanne Kaaren ... Diane Basscombe
Margaret Hamilton ... Mossy
Minor Watson ... Regan
Frank Jenks ... Lefty
Don Rowan Don Rowan ... Steve
Granville Bates ... Judge O'Day
Charles Judels ... Headwaiter
Corky Corky ... Zodiac
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Storyline

Sad sack Dustin Willoughby is a true believer in the power of astrology. His adherence to the forecasts of his horoscope has alienated his fiancée and cost him his job at the bank. While working as a lowly bus boy in a nightclub, he catches the attention of some high-stakes gamblers with his ability to forecast race results and establishes himself as an astrologer to high society clients.The high rollers mistakenly confuse his horoscope with that of professional boxer "The Salvador Slayer", and bet the ranch on the unknown Central-American pugilist. After they realize their error, they force Dustin into the ring to try and help save the day. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

The Nation's Greatest Ass-trologer! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con l'aiuto della luna See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

David L. Loew Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

Color:

Color (cartoon sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original prints of this film had a Technicolor animation sequence, created by Robert Clampett and Leon Schlesinger. See more »

Quotes

Dustin Willoughby: [as Diane is leaving in a huff] Goodbye, Diane. Forget me and marry a Sagitarius.
Mr. Henry Basscombe: [angrily as he is leaving too through the door] She's gonna marry an American like her mother did!
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Connections

References Mary of Scotland (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band at the boxing match
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Hilarious
8 October 2005 | by Barney BatSee all my reviews

I just saw this one courtesy of Turner Classic Movies, and can't really agree with the other user comment. I saw many of Joe E. Brown's Warners films on TCM back in August, and personally I thought this picture was better than many of them. Being post-Code, the script didn't rely on double entendres, which can get tiresome very fast; the writers have to work to get laughs, and they do a good job. Brown is at the peak of his form, and the supporting cast--particularly Edgar Kennedy and Fred Keating--is a lot of fun. Bull Montana is also hilarious as the Salvador "slayer." Favorite line:

Frank Jenks: How'd you like to get drowned the bathtub?

Joe E. Brown: Not particularly!


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