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How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 January 1956 (Belgium)
Two girls on the lam hide out in a college fraternity.

Director:

Nunnally Johnson

Writers:

Edward Hope (novel), Nunnally Johnson | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Grable ... Stormy Tornado
Sheree North ... Curly Flagg
Robert Cummings ... Fillmore 'Wedge' Wedgewood
Charles Coburn ... Dr. Tweed
Tommy Noonan ... Eddie Jones
Orson Bean ... Toby Marshall
Fred Clark ... B.J. Marshall
Charlotte Austin ... Midge
Alice Pearce ... Miss 'Syl' Sylvester
Rhys Williams ... Cedric Flagg
Andrew Tombes ... Police Sgt. Moon
Noel Toy Noel Toy ... Cherry Blossom Wang
Emory Parnell ... Chief of Police
Harry Carter ... Bus Driver
Jesslyn Fax ... Music Teacher
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Storyline

Song-and-dance girls Curly and Stormy Tornado hide out with the guys at Bristol College when they know they can identify the killer of a fellow performer at their San Francisco cabaret. But they rather stand out in their stage costumes and soon all sorts of trouble is heading their way. The fact that Curly has been hypnotised doesn't help. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1956 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Como Usar as Curvas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Curly was adapted by Nunnally Johnson for Marilyn Monroe, who was placed on suspension by Twentieth Century-Fox for refusing the assignment. During the next year Monroe would live in Manhattan, studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. When she and Fox came to terms, she returned to Hollywood to star as fame-obsessed Cherie in Bus Stop (1956). See more »

Quotes

Stormy: Hey Curly!
Wedgewood: Not so loud... do you wanna get me expelled? Curly...
Curly: Yeah?
Wedgewood: Do you think you can get in here without being seen?
Curly: For what purpose?
Stormy: Don't argue the man's got a fried chicken in here.
Curly: Hold him.
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Connections

Referenced in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake, Rattle and Roll
(uncredited)
Written by Charles F. Calhoun
Played by the band at commencement
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How to Be Very, Very Popular- Is Anything But *1/2
6 September 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

The film starts off as if I was seeing "Some Like it Hot" years before. Two strip-tease dancers witness the shooting death of a Chinese stripper on stage and are pursued by police and the killer alike. Sounds funny and promising but the film soon falls into a trap of utter stupidity.

Bette Grable (too old for the part) and Sheree North are the two fleeing strippers who wind up in a college dormitory and cause mayhem there. North is accidentally hypnotized by Tommy Noonan and spends much of the picture in a hypnotic state. How fortunate for her.

There are two really good performances here by Charles Coburn, as the college dean, more interested in the college getting money than actually providing education and Alice Pearce, as a wacky housemother in the school.

Fred Clark, as the millionaire father, who doesn't know that his son, Orson Bean, has been expelled is given the part of the guy getting hit over the head as he is confused with the killer. Rhys Williams gets the same treatment as North's father.

Bette Grable plays Stormy Tornado. Stormy? This storm blew out to sea. Big-time.


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