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Jack of All Trades (1936)

| Comedy | 1938 (USA)
Jack Warrender (Jack Hulbert) bluffs his way into big business in order to promote his new invention.

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Hubert Griffith (play), Jack Hulbert (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Hulbert ... Jack Warrender
Gina Malo ... Frances Wilson
Robertson Hare Robertson Hare ... Lionel Fitch
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Mrs. Warrender
Cecil Parker ... Sir Chas. Darrington
Athole Stewart Athole Stewart ... Bank Chairman
Felix Aylmer ... Managing Director
Ian McLean Ian McLean ... The Fire Raiser (as Ian Maclean)
H.F. Maltby H.F. Maltby ... Bank Director
Fewlass Llewellyn Fewlass Llewellyn ... Bank Director
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcus Barron Marcus Barron ... Williams
C.M. Hallard C.M. Hallard ... Henry Kilner
Peggy Simpson Peggy Simpson ... Typist
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Jack Warrender (Jack Hulbert) bluffs his way into big business in order to promote his new invention.

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two of Us See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Remake of Lärm um Weidemann (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Tap Your Tootsies
Written by Maurice Sigler (as M. Sigler)
Al Goodhart (as A. Goodhart) and Al Hoffman (as A. Hoffman)
Sung by Jack Hulbert and Gina Malo
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Just Jigging Jovial Jack Jobbing
30 September 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Dear old Jack, he was so ebullient, resilient and confident, exuding a goofy charm no-one else could quite match. (By todays standards) his talents as a singer, dancer and actor were pretty thin, I've often wondered if he could come back what he'd think of the dancing skills displayed on the London stages today. Would he agree that way back when he sang like a foghorn and danced like a demonised flagpole in a suit? But he sure entertained the show and picture goers of the 10's to the 40's, many times alongside his wife, Cicely Courtneidge. Apart from liking his films I also like the man himself, his simple unwavering message of Keep Smiling being one I subscribe to myself - or try to!

In this he's on the dole, hungry and ready to do any job but quickly light-heartedly scams his way into society and a highly regarded position at a bank next to the beleaguered Robertson Hare. Here he invents a fraudulent business plan (Merrivale - you remember it surely?), the manager and chairman and another finance company are suck(er)ed in and it all snowballs from there. With of course a love interest as a dynamo.

Although the last 10 minutes seem to drag a little (did Hitchcock get the inspiration for the ending of North by Northwest from this?!), it's a jolly little film, with 3 breezy musical numbers, the most popular one being "Where there's you there's me", adding up to totally inconsequential fun.


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