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Many Happy Returns (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 8 June 1934 (USA)
Gracie Allen assumes the "management" of the shop owned by her papa Horatio Allen, turning it into a radio station and then an aviary, with the usual Gracie Allen logic. While distracted, ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman McLeod)

Writers:

Lady Mary Cameron (story "Often a Bridegroom"), J.P. McEvoy (screenplay) (as John P. McEvoy) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gracie Allen ... Gracie Allen
George Burns ... George Burns
George Barbier ... Horatio Allen
Joan Marsh ... Florence Allen
Ray Milland ... Ted Lambert
Stanley Fields ... Joe
John Kelly ... Mike
William Demarest ... Brinker
Johnny Arthur ... Davis (as John Arthur)
Franklin Pangborn ... Allen's Secretary
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Dr. Otto von Strudel
Guy Lombardo ... Guy Lombardo (as Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians)
Jack Mulhall ... Movie Actor
Morgan Wallace ... Nathan Silas
Kenneth Thomson ... Motion Picture Director
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Storyline

Gracie Allen assumes the "management" of the shop owned by her papa Horatio Allen, turning it into a radio station and then an aviary, with the usual Gracie Allen logic. While distracted, Papa is trying to get younger daughter, beauty contest winner Florence, married before she can head to Hollywood and get into the movies. The story moves to Hollywood, where, with Gracie around, kidnappers get kidnapped and the chatter between her and George Burns even takes a few satirized shots at Filmland, in addition to their usual unusual routines. Guy Lombardo, top-billed on the ads and posters with Burns and Allen but not the cast listings, and dance team Frank Veloz and Yolanda, fill in where needed between the cracks of the mostly on-the-fly plot, and they don't seem to be taking their gigs all that seriously either. Burns and Allen Radio fans, the few of us that still remember "radio", will love it, while others are likely to give it a "say what" or "duh", especially if they were raised on ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Comedy Laid in the Marry, Marry Month of June (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany, NY)) 13 August 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muitas Felicidades See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over seven hundred Paramount Pictures productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Wanna Play
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Poor Burns & Allen vehicle
3 December 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I am a fan of Burns & Allen.I am old enough to remember their television series being shown on BBC in the 50s.I think that they are a funny team even if it is a bit one joke all the time.I believe that they were less well served by their films and unfortunately this film proves that point.Unfortunately the antics of Gracie in this film are unfunny and over the top.I think that if i hear her shout "Georgieporgie" at Burns one more time i will put my fist through the screen.Interestingly they are not top billed this dubious honour belongs to Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra.So if you are a fan of this duo i would say ,give this one a miss.


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