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Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 4 March 1938 (USA)
Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Jerry Kilbourne
... Wade Rawlins
... Grosvenor - Butler
... Mrs. Kilbourne
... Etta
... Minerva Harlan
... Kane Kilbourne
... Mr. Kilbourne
... Marian Kilbourne
... Mrs. Harlan
... Herbert Wheeler
... George
... 2nd Butler
... Senator Harlan
Marjorie Kane ... Rosa
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Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a chauffeur's uniform. He also catches the eye of her pretty Geraldine. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Dark Chapter  »

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1.37 : 1
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Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke, and Constance Bennett had worked on director Norman Z. McLeod's previous film, Topper (1937). The commercial and critical success of Topper played a large role in their inclusion in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry and Marian are rushing down the stairs near the beginning of the film, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall to the left. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Kilbourne: [after trying to use a large wooden stirring spoon on her cantaloupe] Grosvenor, don't you think this spoon is a little large for such a tiny little melon.
Grosvenor - Butler: I'm sorry, madam, but...
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Crazy Credits

Behind the opening credits, the cast walks arm in arm up the driveway towards the camera. See more »

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Soundtracks

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George Frederick Root
Sung a cappella by Bonita Granville
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Cute, charming, and very funny, but am I the only one to notice....
30 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

...that it's basically a remake of "MY MAN GODFREY"? I can't be the only person to have noticed this. It's a screwball comedy about a hobo taken in as butler for a wealthy but eccentric family. There's the exasperated father, airhead mother, two daughters each with ulterior motives, wisecracking other servants, and the handsome young man who seems a little too polished to be a tramp. Even right down to the closing water-splashing payoff involving the leading man and the ingénue.

But to this film's credit, it's worthy of viewing in its own right. The gags are clever, the dialogue is sharp, and the plot is well-structured and fast paced. Solid screwball comedy with a great cast: Constance Bennett, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Patsy Kelly, and young Bonita Granville. It's a forgotten classic only because people remember MY MAN GODFREY better.


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