Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the ... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Gaylord Esterbrook
Rosalind Russell ... Linda Paige Esterbrook
Genevieve Tobin ... Amanda Swift
Charles Ruggles ... Philo Swift (as Charlie Ruggles)
Allyn Joslyn ... Morgan Carrell
Clarence Kolb ... Richard Benson
Louise Beavers ... Clementine
J.M. Kerrigan ... Jim
Lawrence Grossmith Lawrence Grossmith ... Frank (as Lawrence Grosmith)
Robert Greig ... Robert
Frank Faylen ... Cab Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bonnie Gaye Cowen Bonnie Gaye Cowen
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Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the arts convinces Esterbrook to forget about comedy and concentrate on writing a tragedy. The end result nearly destroys his career and his marriage. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Mr Smith Goes to town ! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Although Genevieve Tobin and Charlie Ruggles are billed third and fourth, they do not appear until the 44- and 42-minute marks, respectively and it was Genevieve Tobin last movie. See more »

Goofs

An extreme close-up of a newspaper article trumpets Gaylord's fourth hit play in four years. However, in the preceding montage, there were three other play titles shown as following "Dilemma at Dinner." Thus, the play mentioned in the article would have to be Gaylord's fifth hit in four years. This counting error continues in the dialog for the rest of the film. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Swift: Philo and I have been married for... how long is it now, dear?
Philo Swift: They know at city hall.
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Connections

Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 98: 1st movement
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on a phonograph at Amanda's house
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A very disappointing movie
15 November 2017 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

I stuck with this movie because I have a head cold and didn't have the energy to do much of anything else. But if I had had the energy, I hope I would have given up on it early on, when Stewart's character becomes thoroughly disagreeable.

This is the story, often told, of an artist who becomes a success and then is led astray by a woman who promises to bring out his "potential." But the script is not well-written. None of the changes are prepared in advance. We don't ever really see why/how Amanda can seduce Stewart away from Rosalind Russell.

And then there are all sorts of gratuitous slams at the Black maid, played by Louise Beavers.

In short, this movie did nothing for me. I can't imagine that S.N. Behrman's play, on which it was based, could have been this uninvolving.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guy with a Grin See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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