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Men Are Such Fools (1938)

Approved | | Drama , Romance | 16 July 1938 (USA)
Linda Lawrence rises from secretary to account executive in an advertising agency. She falls in love with ex-football star Jimmy Hall and marries him. Radio man Harry Galleon will push her ... See full summary »

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Busby Berkeley

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Norman Reilly Raine (screen play), Horace Jackson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Morris ... Jimmy Hall
Priscilla Lane ... Linda Lawrence
Humphrey Bogart ... Harry Galleon
Hugh Herbert ... Harvey Bates
Johnnie Davis ... Tad
Penny Singleton ... Nancy
Mona Barrie ... Beatrice Harris
Marcia Ralston ... Wanda Townsend
Gene Lockhart ... Bill Dalton
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Dalton
Donald Briggs ... George Onslow
Nedda Harrigan ... Mrs.Nelson
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Mr. Nelson
Claud Allister ... Rudolf (as Claude Allister)
Renie Riano ... Mrs. Pinkel
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Linda Lawrence rises from secretary to account executive in an advertising agency. She falls in love with ex-football star Jimmy Hall and marries him. Radio man Harry Galleon will push her career further if she will just be "nice" to him and, when Jimmy gets jealous, she quits in favor of life as a suburban housewife. But her career still calls to her. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os homens São uns Trouxas See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The rear screen projection of the train hitting the car and spinning it around was reversed as evidenced by the numbers on the front of the locomotive. It is the same locomotive that stopped short of the crossing just before - #2447 - going in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Harry Galleon: [to Linda Lawrence Hall] I'm probably a cad. Are you by any chance a weak woman?
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Let That Be a Lesson to You
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played immediately after the football game
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Fast paced but unconvincing comedy
24 May 2016 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Priscilla Lane does her best to keep afloat in this somewhat entertaining but maddeningly uneven B comedy. Roommate Penny Singleton just wants to get married but office worker Priscilla has ambition: "I'm going to be somebody in this advertising racket and I've got what it takes!"

Standing in her way is co-worker Wayne Morris, who takes for granted that she should be more interested in him than in her job, despite the fact that he is both dense and obnoxious.

Lane is perky but the relationship between her and Morris never seems believable, and a nice cast of character actors are sorely let down by a mediocre script.

Hugh Herbert is fine as the company boss, apparently silly and absent-minded but not as dumb as he seems. Johnnie Davis is his usual blustery self as Singleton's fiancé then husband.

Mona Barrie has most of the film's best lines as a successful but cynical ad writer who's had some ups and downs in the racket herself. Taking newcomer Lane under her wing, Barrie invites her to the lake for a weekend party—whether out of kindness or hoping to stir up mischief, it's not quite clear: "Bring your boyfriend along. Give you a chance to compare him with the other insects."

Alas, Barrie's role is too small, and what might have been another fun role is simply too dull—young Humphrey Bogart as a playboy radio executive is mildly annoying but little else. This might be Bogie's most boring role ever.

Priscilla Lane is very good and her character is smart and likable….but co-star Wayne Morris isn't her match here, and the standard plot just doesn't really work.


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