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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.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

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

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
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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.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprosdokitos eftyhia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

Three Cheers for Henry Smith
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Revel
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Technicolor Without Technicolor
10 December 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A potentially interesting piece of satire -- Jack Haley can predict precisely the consuming habits of the nation, so Adolphe Menjou in fast-talking mode and Jack Oakie use him as a guinea pig -- gets turned into a rather silly and pointless farce. I never did care for Mr. Haley and the Milquetoast persona he displayed in his starring roles. You may enjoy him, but I always want to smack him around.

The rest of it is surprisingly in the mode of the the bright, overlit Technicolor musicals that Fox turned out in the 1940s, except there's no Betty Grable, no Alice Faye, no John Payne and the cinematography is some handsome black and white work by Lucien Andriot. Tony Martin sings three or four forgettable songs. George Barbier is the father of the ingénue and Binnie Barnes essays a tough-talking Noo Yawk accent with varying success. Except for Menjou, you can skip this one.


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