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Thanks for Everything (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 23 December 1938 (USA)
Promoters set up a radio contest to find the average American and use him to sell food, apparel and notions. All goes well until he falls in love with a girl who upsets things.


William A. Seiter


Gilbert Wright (story "Mr. Average Man" by), Curtis Kenyon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolphe Menjou ... J. B. Harcourt
Jack Oakie ... Bates
Jack Haley ... Henry Smith
Arleen Whelan ... Madge Raines
Tony Martin ... Tommy Davis
Binnie Barnes ... Kay Swift
George Barbier ... Joe Raines
Warren Hymer ... Marine Sergeant
Gregory Gaye ... Ambassador
Andrew Tombes ... Mayor
Renie Riano ... Mrs. Sweeney
Jan Duggan ... Miss Twitchell
Charles Lane ... Dr. Olson
Charles Trowbridge ... Draft Doctor
Frank Sully ... Lem Slininger


Promoters set up a radio contest to find the average American and use him to sell food, apparel and notions. All goes well until he falls in love with a girl who upsets things.

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The freshest, funniest comedy idea that 20th Century-Fox ever pulled out of its surprise bag.




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Release Date:

23 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprosdokitos eftyhia See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mrs. Sweeney: I'm a widow, you know.
J. B. Harcourt: Is that so? Your husband is a very lucky man.
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Referenced in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »


Three Cheers for Henry Smith
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Revel
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Amusing programmer
6 February 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Adolphe Menjou, Jack Haley, Jack Oakie, Billie Barnes and Tony Martin star in "Thanks for Everything," a 1938 programmer about a poor sap (Haley) who enters a radio contest about trends and gets a perfect score. As a result, he is manipulated into working for a market research company headed by Menjou. He's dogged night and day by Oakie, who reports his opinions back to Menjou. When the president of a foreign land asks them to find out if Americans would fight if there's another war, Menjou and Haley go to great lengths to find out what Haley would do.

This is a frivolous way to spend an hour and ten minutes, and you can't go wrong listening to Tony Martin's gorgeous voice in four songs. There are some funny moments, and the acting is good. I'm afraid, however, that even at an hour and ten minutes, it seems a bit long.

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