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Niagara Falls (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 October 1941 (USA)
Margie Blake, who wants to get married young and have two dozen kids, has a flat tire and traveling salesman Tom Wilson, who believes in "loving 'em and leaving 'em" stops to help. They ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Paul Girard Smith (original screenplay) (as Paul Gerard Smith), Hal Yates (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Woodworth ... Margy Blake
Tom Brown ... Tom Wilson
Zasu Pitts ... Emmy Sawyer
Slim Summerville ... Sam Sawyer
Chester Clute ... Potter
Edgar Dearing ... State Trooper
Edward Gargan ... Chuck (as Ed Gargan)
Gladys Blake ... Trixie
Leon Belasco ... Head Waiter
Rand Brooks ... Honeymooner
Margaret Roach ... Honeymooner
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Hotel Clerk
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Margie Blake, who wants to get married young and have two dozen kids, has a flat tire and traveling salesman Tom Wilson, who believes in "loving 'em and leaving 'em" stops to help. They soon discover they are polar opposites and dislike each other very much. Oklahoma oilman Sam Sawyer and his new bride Emmy, on their way to honeymoon in Niagara Falls, come along and offer help and Sam gets the idea that Margie and Tom are married and having a lover's spat. Later when all are checking into the hotel, the befuddled manager, thanks to Sam who is still trying to get them to kiss and make up, gives them a room together which Marge and Tom don't realize, since Sam has given up his and Emmy's Honeymoon Suite in order to get them over their spat. Sam takes over and locks them in the suite together for the night and stands guard outside the room until they solve their marital problems. Sam has some of his own with the frustrated Emmy as they have put off their wedding for twenty years in order... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Funny things happen at Niagara Falls!

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Comedy | Romance

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luna de miel para todos See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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(original) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of the "streamliners" produced by Hal Roach in the '40s. He thought this new format of short features running roughly 45 minutes was the wave of the future. He was so sure that he discontinued the Our Gang and Laurel & Hardy series. See more »

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Very silly but sweet
24 September 2011 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Sweethearts Sam (Slim Summerville) and Emmy (Zasu Pitts) have waited twenty years to get married but are finally on their way to a Niagara Falls hotel. Nearly there, they encounter a young couple having car trouble at the side of the road. Sam and Emmy assume the couple are newlyweds like themselves; in fact, Margy (Marjorie Woodworth) and Tom (Tom Brown) are anything but—they're strangers having trouble with two separate cars, and Margy is helping herself to Tom's tools while he fiddles under his own hood. There lies the setup: and the rest of the film consists of Sam attempting to "reconcile" Tom and Margy; Emmy waiting for Sam to pay attention to her back in the bridal suite; and Margy and Tom trading insults, attempting to escape Sam's watchful eye, and eventually….Well, I don't want to spoil it for you.

This is a very silly film, which is completely okay because it makes absolutely no pretensions to being anything else.

The two young leads are attractive and pleasant—nothing exceptional, but they're interesting enough to root for. We don't get enough of Zasu Pitts—though she does have a good scene cuddling with a man's jacket, pretending it's Sam.

Summerville as Sam is persistently and vigorously goofy, to the point where he really looks natural enough climbing along a window ledge in his pajamas carrying a large revolver. The scene where he re-enters from the window ledge into a strange couple's room and hides in their bed is hilarious—what makes it funniest is that he plays it exactly as if this ridiculous situation is perfectly normal.

This 43-minute "streamliner" has to be just about what Hal Roach had in mind when he started producing these quickies.


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