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You Can't Have Everything (1937)

Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds"... See full summary »


Norman Taurog


Harry Tugend (screen play), Jack Yellen (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Alice Faye ... Judith Poe Wells
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers (as Ritz Brothers)
Don Ameche ... George Macrae
Charles Winninger ... Sam Gordon
Gypsy Rose Lee ... Lulu Riley (as Louise Hovick)
David Rubinoff ... David Rubinoff (as Rubinoff and His Violin)
Arthur Treacher ... Bevins
Tony Martin ... Bobby Walker
Phyllis Brooks ... Evelyn Moore
Wally Vernon ... Jerry
Tip Tap & Toe Tip Tap & Toe ... Specialty (as Tip Tap and Toe)
Louis Prima ... Orchestra Leader
George Humbert George Humbert ... Romano
Jed Prouty ... Mr. Whiteman
Dorothy Christy ... Blonde


Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds" just to improve his romantic chances, and even persuades her to sing in the sort of show she pretends to despise. But just when their romance is going well, Gordon's former flame Lulu reveals the ace up her sleeve... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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English | Italian

Release Date:

3 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brelan d'as See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film debut of Gypsy Rose Lee. See more »


At about 65 minutes into the film, when Alice Faye's character, Judith Poe Wells is given the five minute warning from the stage manager, she is called Miss Macrae. See more »


Lulu Riley: Hands off, or I'll cut your heart out just like an olive!
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Referenced in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) See more »


Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op.62 #6
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on piano by Al Ritz and 'Jimmy Ritz' during a play reading
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Good Fox musical
26 January 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Alice Faye, Don Ameche, The Ritz Brothers, Louise Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee), Charles Winninger and Tony Martin star in "You Can't Have Everything," a 1937 musical from 20th Century Fox. MGM musicals were glamorous; Fox musicals were down to earth, glitzy, and just plain fun. This is one of them. Faye is a playwright, Judith Poe Wells, a distant relative of Edgar Allan Poe's, who takes herself very seriously. She meets a man (Ameche) at a restaurant while eating food she can't pay for and doesn't realize he is a major Broadway producer, George Macrae. He options her play, North Winds. In the meantime, his musical's ingénue (Phyllis Brooks) walks out of the show, and Judith is talked into replacing her by Sam Gordon (Winninger), George's business partner. Though there's another woman (Hovick), Judith falls in love with George and he with her. Complications ensue.

Faye sings the title song and "Pardon Us, We're in Love" and she's wonderful - pretty, vivacious, and she sounds great. Ameche sings in a heady tenor, but the real male pipes in the film belong to Tony Martin, the star of the Broadway show, who sounds glorious. I admit to finding the Ritz Brothers annoying, especially because their numbers seem to go on and on. However, they do have funny moments here.

Enjoyable film and a good example of a prime Fox musical.

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