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You Can't Have Everything (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 August 1937 (USA)
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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Judith Poe Wells
... The Ritz Brothers (as Ritz Brothers)
... George Macrae
... Sam Gordon
... Lulu Riley (as Louise Hovick)
... David Rubinoff (as Rubinoff and His Violin)
... Bevins
... Bobby Walker
... Evelyn Moore
... Jerry
Tip Tap & Toe ... Specialty (as Tip Tap and Toe)
... Orchestra Leader
George Humbert ... Romano
... Mr. Whiteman
... Blonde
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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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Trivia

The film debut of Gypsy Rose Lee. See more »

Goofs

On the marriage license of George Macrae and Lulu Riley; her residence is shown as 1425 W. 52 Street. However, there isn't a 1400 block on W. 52 Street,the highest is 600. See more »

Quotes

Sam Gordon: [to George] The national pastime on Broadway isn't baseball, is kicking those guys who are down on their faces.
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Connections

Referenced in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

North Pole Sketch
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by The Ritz Brothers, Tony Martin, Dorothy Christy and others
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At Least It's Got Faye
14 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I guess I'm in a minority, but I found the results tepid, at best. The Ritz Brothers have no real act except to bounce around in tandem, and are more annoying than funny. Then too, the production numbers appear cut-rate, certainly not up to anything memorable. I kept hoping we'd get an eccentric styling from bandleader Louis Prima, but no such luck. Maybe he needed Keely Smith to play off of. The plot's boilerplate, but then who tunes into musicals for the plot. It's something about Faye finding her real place in show business, at the same time she and writer Ameche try to find a way to get together.

On the other hand, Faye's delightful, sparkling one minute, soulful the next. She really deserved better musical backup. Ameche's lively and a handsome foil for Faye. No wonder they were a natural movie twosome. Their first scene together in the spaghetti emporium is a peach. Too bad the remainder doesn't equal that initial scene. Then there's the amazonian Gypsy Rose Lee who could easily have stolen the movie against someone less compelling than Faye. Too bad Lee didn't make a career of movies; she would have made a heckuva villainess. Nonetheless, in my little book, the musical's mainly for fans of the great Alice Faye, and little more.


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