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Dulcy (1940)

A dizzy young woman aranges to turn her inventor-boyfriend's vacation into a chance meeting with a possible investor who happens to be her brother's future father-in-law. And Wacky stuff happens.


S. Sylvan Simon


Albert Mannheimer (screen play), Jerome Chodorov (screen play) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Dulcy Ward
Ian Hunter ... Gordon Daly
Roland Young ... Roger Forbes
Reginald Gardiner ... Schuyler Van Dyke
Billie Burke ... Eleanor Forbes
Lynne Carver ... Angela Forbes
Dan Dailey ... Bill Ward (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Donald Huie Donald Huie ... 'Sneezy'
Jonathan Hale ... Homer Patterson
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Henry
Hans Conried ... Vincent Leach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Callahan Bobby Callahan ... Young Boy


A dizzy young woman aranges to turn her inventor-boyfriend's vacation into a chance meeting with a possible investor who happens to be her brother's future father-in-law. And Wacky stuff happens.

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BOISTEROUS STAGE HIT BECOMES SCREEN SCREAM! (original three-sheet poster-all caps)


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Release Date:

4 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dulcy, a Desastrada See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's initial telecast took place in Los Angeles Thursday 8 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia 1 October 1957, in New Haven CT 15 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8) , in Altoona PA 29 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Portland OR 12 November 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Lebanon PA 16 November 1957 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Seattle 17 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 2 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Honolulu 14 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Hartford CT 27 January 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), and in Chicago 8 February 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2); in San Francisco it first aired 27 January 1960 on KGO (Channel 7), but New York City television viewers didn't get a chance to take a look at it until 6 March 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Dulcy Ward: I'm sure there's no snake in YOUR bed!
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Version of Not So Dumb (1930) See more »


Singin in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Loses something over the years
19 March 2005 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

This is at least the third time that the stage play "Dulcy" by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly was made by MGM into a film. A silent featuring Constance Talmadge appeared in 1923. Version No. 2 appears under the title "Not So Dumb" in 1930 and features Marion Davies (directed by King Vidor). A CD version is available featuring Zazu Pitts in a 1935 radio broadcast and you can pull down off the internet a 1937 radio version with Gracie Allen. Dulcy must have been a real hit on the stage and I would expect that the Gracie Allen version was a hoot. I just did not think this was a slap on the leg comedy that aged well for viewers the 21st Century. The story's premise is that a scatterbrained young woman tries to turn a weekend social event into a business opportunity for her fiancé. Ann Sothern is a good actress but the material just does not seem quite as funny as it obviously must have decades ago. There are clever written gags and lots of physical comedy. The material has the actresses in the lead playing as if they were actually dumb - not just clever and using being dumb as a technique to get their way. Today we no longer find funny folks who are not that bright and who seem to glide through life oblivious to their situation. All ends well, despite Dulcy's efforts, and perhaps some of you will find this a pleasant diversion. Recommended for social scientists and anthropologists attempting to research what was funny to us when.

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