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Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 2 February 1934 (USA)
Two salesmen try to market a flavored lipstick.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Bert Kalmar (screen play), Harry Ruby (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Andy Williams
Robert Woolsey ... Dr. Robert Dudley
Ruth Etting ... Ruth Etting
Thelma Todd ... Miss Frisby
Dorothy Lee ... Daisy Maxwell
George Meeker ... Armand Beauchamp
Phyllis Barry ... Madame Irene
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Sweeney (as James Burtis)
Matt Briggs ... Epstein
Spencer Charters ... Clark
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Storyline

To help a girl keep her job, two small time salesmen, Andy and Dudley, talk her boss, a lady head of a cosmetics firm, into selling their line of flavored lipsticks. They become business partners and romantic interests. After a promotional campaign on a musical variety radio program, the lipsticks are a big success. The boys accidentally misplace a bag with the company's securities, which in turn is secretly stolen by their crooked manager. Andy and Dudley, now charged with embezzlement, are on the run when they get themselves into an auto race, where their car is sponsored by their company and their business competitor backs the rival car in the race. Written by WesternOne1

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Taglines:

They Crash the Beauty Racket to See What Makes "It" Go! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hip! Hip! Hurrah! See more »

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Budget:

$336,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1933, and released early in 1934, before the production code began to be enforced, the revealing costumes and racy situations resulted in the Catholic Church in Detroit including this film to be included on its list of to-be-boycotted pictures in July 1934. See more »

Goofs

During the "Keep On Doing What You're Doing" number Thelma Todd loses a button from her dress. See more »

Quotes

Daisy: They want to know if we can come to their office, today.
Miss Frisby: Can we come! Just as soon as I change my costume. Oh, can we come!
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Soundtracks

Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46, 1st Movement (Morning Mood)
(uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
In the score when Andy and Dr. Dudley awaken
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Mr. Wheeler & Mr. Woolsey Invite You To Join Them In A Little Light Entertainment
10 November 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Two zany scam artists find it's all HIPS, HIPS, HOORAY! when they meet the curvaceous owner of Maiden America Beauty Products and her lovely female employees.

Wheeler & Woolsey (Bert Wheeler is the short guy with curly hair; Robert Woolsey is the bespectacled fellow with the cigar) star in this often hilarious film. The Boys were a perfect comedy duo and their movies are always great fun to watch (here they try to promote flavored lipsticks and get involved in a cross-country auto race, while keeping one jump ahead of the law ). It is indeed a pity that these very talented comics are all but forgotten now.

Cute little Dorothy Lee returns as Wheeler's perennial love interest. The beautiful & tragic Thelma Todd, a very gifted comedienne in her own right, puts the spark in Woolsey's eye.

Movie mavens will spot an unbilled Bobby Watson, who gets one funny line as a Dance Director.

Director Mark Sandrich keeps the plot moving at a frantic pace throughout. Some of the sights & situations push the borders of good taste in this pre-Production Code movie.

The Boys, Miss Lee & Hot Toddy do a wild burlesque of Diaghilev during their performance of `Just Keep On Doing What You're Doing'. Singer Ruth Etting drops by long enough to trill `Keep Romance Alive' at a radio broadcast featuring ungarmented bathing models.

And, yes, those really are frogs climbing out of the race car's radiator...


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