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Love Is a Headache (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 14 January 1938 (USA)
A press agent for a Broadway actress whose career is going downhill, attempts to get her some publicity by having her adopt two orphans.

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Richard Thorpe

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Marion Parsonnet (screen play), Harry Ruskin (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gladys George ... Carlotta 'Charlie' Lee
Franchot Tone ... Peter Lawrence
Ted Healy ... Jimmy Slattery
Mickey Rooney ... Mike O'Toole
Frank Jenks ... Joe Cannon
Ralph Morgan ... Reginald 'Reggie' Odell
Virginia Weidler ... Jake O'Toole
Jessie Ralph ... Sheriff Janet Winfield
Fay Holden ... Mary, Peter's Secretary
Barnett Parker ... Hotchkiss, Carlotta's Butler
Julius Tannen ... Mr. Hillier
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A press agent for a Broadway actress whose career is going downhill, attempts to get her some publicity by having her adopt two orphans.

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Roars. Romance. Thrills.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Amor é uma Dor de Cabeça See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Wednesday 11 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 14 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in New York City, its earliest documented airing did not take place until 5 May 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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amusing '30s comedy, second feature
29 August 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Love is a Headache" is from 1938, a short second feature that runs one hour and 15 minutes, and stars Franchot Tone, Gladys George, Mickey Rooney, and Virginia Wiedler.

Tone plays Peter Lawrence, a gossip columnist who knew one Broadway star, Carlotta (whom he calls Charlie) Lee back when they were kids. He never lets up on her, and when she takes a role in a flop show, he says the show is no good and she's making a mistake. She's about to sign a contract for another dud and is angry with Peter for writing about her in his column.

Peter also has an interest in two young kids, Mike and Jake O'Toole (Rooney and Wielder), who are now orphans after their father is killed. On his latest broadcast, he calls out for anyone who can adopt these children. Carlotta's publicist thinks will be great for her, so he arranges to have the children brought to her apartment. Meanwhile, Peter knows nothing of this, planning to thoroughly investigate anyone interested. When he finds out, he assumes this is a cheap publicity stunt.

Entertaining film, with Gladys George giving a wonderful performance as Carlotta, a dedicated performer but a woman with a heart. Rooney as the tough older brother is, as always, excellent, and as his vulnerable little sister Wiedler is excellent as well. Franchot Tone is smooth and sophisticated as Peter Lawrence.

Those were the good old days, when columnists were an important part of the Broadway and movie scenes, and many times they would broadcast their programs from nightclubs or high-end restaurants, adding some glamor. There was a fun clip of the old Times Square at the beginning of the film. Wow, times have changed.


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