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Cupid Takes a Holiday (1938)

Because his family has a history of insanity that breaks out when a family member hasn't married by the time they are 25 years old, Nikolai Nikolaevich (Danny Kaye) visits a matrimonial ... See full summary »

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William Watson

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Billy K. Wells
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Cast

Cast overview:
Danny Kaye ... Nikolai Nikolaevich
Douglas Leavitt ... Owner
Estelle Jayne ... Prospective Bride
Ruth Lockwood Ruth Lockwood ... Prospective Bride
Paulene Myers ... Dianna, the Maid (as Pauline Myers)
George Watts George Watts ... Jeeves, the Butler
Marion Martin ... Annabelle Postal -1st Prospective Bride)
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Because his family has a history of insanity that breaks out when a family member hasn't married by the time they are 25 years old, Nikolai Nikolaevich (Danny Kaye) visits a matrimonial firm searching for a bride. But all the candidates are either too fat, too young, too old, too skinny or too ugly,and he turns them all down. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An old nitrate copy of this comedy short, without any credit titles at the start, was recently identified in the collection of the Danish Film Museum. The movie turns out to have been re-used in three later feature-length compilations, _Birth of a Star (1945)_, _Sound of Laughter (1962)_, and "Danny Kaye" [biography] in the "American Masters" series for PBS-TV (1997). After the latter inclusion, Maurice H. Zouary's Movietronics company sued PBS, claiming that PBS had included footage from "Cupid" in its Kaye biography without obtaining a license from Movietronics (which claimed ownership of "Cupid"). See more »

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Owner: You know what you'll get when you marry her?
Nikolai Nikolaevich: Sure, a divorce.
Owner: You'll get a thousand heads of cattle.
Nikolai Nikolaevich: What good are the heads without the rest of them?
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Edited into The Birth of a Star (1944) See more »

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Poorly scripted early Kaye comedy short
20 February 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Cupid Takes a Holiday" is the third of four shorts that Danny Kaye made for the Education Film Corporation in 1937 and 1938. They are his first films, and in this third entry, Kaye has the lead role. The idea for the plot had possibilities for humor. A debonair emigre goes to a matrimonial service to find a wife. But, the story segments and screenplay are not very good or funny. And, it's in poor taste with racial and physical stereotypes.

The comedy is mostly in the antics and those are weak at best. The dialog that's supposed to be funny is quite lame. Even Danny Kaye's physical gyrations and attributes can't save this film. Here are the best lines of comedy in the film. They attest to why it misses the mark of good comedy.

Owner, "What type of wife do you want?" Nikolai Nikolaevich, "Uh, let me see. I do not care what she looks like, provided she is beautiful. I do not care how old she is, provided she is young. And, I do not care how poor she is, provided she has plenty of money."

Owner, "You know what you'll get when you marry her?" Nikolai Nikolaevich, "Sure, a divorce." Owner, "You'll get a thousand heads of cattle." Nikolai, "What good are the heads without the rest of them?"

Nikolai Nikolaevich, "For you I would swim the highest mountain, climb the widest river, fight the world, conquer armies."


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