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Nothing Sacred (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 November 1937 (USA)
An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.

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Dr. Enoch Downer
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Oliver Stone
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Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
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Ernest Walker (as Troy Brown)
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Max Levinsky
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Vermont Drugstore Lady
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Vermont Baggage Man
Raymond Scott and His Quintet ...
Novelty Swing Orchestra (as Raymond Scott and his Quintette)
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Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace incident was a complete misdiagnosis with mixed emotions. She is happy not to be dying, but she, who has never traveled the world, was going to use the money paid to her by her factory to go to New York in style. She believes her dreams can still be realized when Wally Cook arrives in town. He is a New York reporter with the Morning Star newspaper. He believes that Hazel's valiant struggle concerning her impending death is just the type of story he needs to resurrect his name within reporting circles after a recent story he wrote led to scandal and a major demotion at the newspaper. He proposes to take Hazel to New York both to report on her story but also to provide her with a grand farewell to life. She accepts. Wally's story results in Hazel becoming the toast of New York. In spending time together, Wally and Hazel fall in love. Hazel not only has to figure out what to do ... Written by Huggo

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26 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$1,831,927 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When this film was re-released in 1945 by Film Classics, it was not deemed important enough to be reprinted in Technicolor and so prints were struck in the less expensive and far inferior Cinecolor process and this was the only way it was to be seen for the next 40 years, until the Technicolor restoration in the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Wally Cook: Sit tight and tuck in your ears.
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Each of the stars' names are shown on a title card set beside a plaster caricature. The rest of the cast have caricatures alongside their names in the credits. See more »

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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played offscreen by a bugler as the New York flag is lowered to half-mast
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A Screwball Comedy Classic
31 December 1998 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

The votes for this movie must have been based on political correctness, for based on hilarity, assuming one has a healthy sense of the absurd, this film rates a solid 10.

True, those who are thin-skinned will find the racial and gender and, uh, regional send-offs deplorable. However, since the film is a brilliant satire on the phoniness of those who take themselves too seriously, it is natural that when these people see themselves in it, they will be offended.

"Nothing Sacred" refers not only to the values hypocrisy seeks to destroy, but to the sacred cows the film seeks to topple. Carol Lombard has never been lovelier or more picaresque, and Frederic March plays a great foil for the barely plausible goings on.

One of the irritants in the highly regarded "Bringing up Baby" is the completely implausible haplessness of Cary Grant's character and the determined obtuseness of Kathrine Hepburn's. In "Nothing Sacred" there are no such distractions; it is the superior film.

Other joys of the film are the delightful vignettes, such as a dipsomaniacal country doctor's tirade against journalists (In vino veritas, indeed!) and the transparently phony patriotism at a strip club.

Filmed in glorious early technicolor.


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