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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 »


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 »


Judith Wells: A little exercise won't hurt you.
George Macrae: I get all the exercise I need from going to the funerals of my athletic friends.
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Referenced in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) See more »


String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet
Music by Luigi Boccherini
Contained in the "Long Underwear" number
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Fox Musical Stars at their Best
25 December 2006 | by fcullenSee all my reviews

Director Norman Taurog has a witty script and the top musical performers on the Fox lot to direct, and he delivers. The plot is all too familiar and implausible, but the dialogue sparks it. Leads Alice Faye and Don Ameche are at their most charming and natural, and Faye has a couple of solid hit songs. Too bad Ameche wasn't as lucky. The Ritz Brothers have integrated roles in the plot, ample screen time and deliver several excellent numbers. Tip, Tap & Toe wow with a fine eccentric tap number just before the production number (a clinker) at the end of the film. Character comedian Charles Winninger is somewhat wasted in a largely straight role, but Gypsy Rose Lee (billed under her real name, Louise Hovick, gets a break as a playing the snarky "other woman." Tony Martin has fine pipes but comes off a bit smarmy and mannered in his numbers, and Rubinoff on screen is proof why he was better on radio. Phyllis Brooks and Wally Vernon also deliver snappy bits. Definitely one of the better of 20th Century Zanuck's musicals, although he can't resist his cheesily costumed chorus cuties whose talents are best on display without moving or talking. One chorine with a platter on her head traipsed pigeon-toed down a staircase in a Tony Martin number--at first I thought she was Harry Ritz. I'll watch this film again just to see the Ritz Brothers and Tip, Tap & Toe.

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