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Colleen (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 21 March 1936 (USA)
The Ames Company makes every effort to keep Uncle Cedric away from any decisions or work. This is in the best interests for him and the company. Trouble starts when he hires a schemer named... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Peter Milne (screen play), F. Hugh Herbert (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Donald Ames 3rd
Ruby Keeler ... Colleen Reilly
Jack Oakie ... Joe Cork
Joan Blondell ... Minnie Hawkins
Hugh Herbert ... Cedric Ames
Louise Fazenda ... Alicia Ames
Paul Draper ... Paul Gordon
Marie Wilson ... Mabel
Luis Alberni ... Carlo
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Noggin
Berton Churchill ... Logan
J.M. Kerrigan ... Pop Reilly
Addison Richards ... Schuyler
Charles Coleman ... Butler
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Storyline

The Ames Company makes every effort to keep Uncle Cedric away from any decisions or work. This is in the best interests for him and the company. Trouble starts when he hires a schemer named Joe as his personal assistant and then a gal named Minnie who loves fashion. He buys Minnie a dress shop where Colleen is the bookkeeper and scandal soon follows. When Donald goes to shut down the shop, he doesn't as he is infatuated by Colleen. Colleen runs the shop and fashion shows and starts to make a profit, but Minnie starts a scandal when Cedric tries to adopt her, but doesn't - much to the horror of Alicia and the amusement of the press. Then Joe sues Donald for the loss of Colleen's affection. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The Most DeliriousDancing Delight Since "42nd Street" (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colleen, A Modista See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Last of seven films pairing Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell released by Warner Bros between 1933 to 1936. The others were 42nd Street (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), Dames (1934), Flirtation Walk (1934) and Shipmates Forever (1935). See more »

Quotes

Logan: He's become interested in a Minnie Hawkins, a chocolate dipper! A what? Yes, a chocolate dipper! He's also bought Carlo's bankrupt Dress Shop for $100,000 and put the chocolate dipper in charge.
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Crazy Credits

After the main titles, most of the principals (Powell, Keeler, Oakie, Blondell, Fazenda, Wilson, and Alberni) and introduced and sing about what they're going to do in the picture that follows. The exceptions are Herbert (who giggles) and Draper (who tap dances) See more »

Connections

Edited into Six Hits and a Miss (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Have to Dream Again
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Dick Powell and chorus and danced by chorus
Sung as "The Magic and the Mystery of Clothes" by Ruby Keeler
Danced by Ruby Keeler and Paul Draper
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A disaster!
19 July 2002 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

I cannot find much to say about this movie. For a supposedly WB event Dick Powell/Ruby Keeler, it is very cheap looking as if all the money went into extravagant looking Bubsy Berkeley inspired number that is dull. Worse of all, it is not funny and the songwriting fail to deliver one memorable song (they all sound the same; heck they seem as though they were recycled from other Dick powell hits). This was the end of Dick powell, once this movie seriously underperformed. (I don't know if it bombed). The plot - what there is of it - has Uncle Cedric who is pulled in by a golddigger,Joan Blondell and is taken away from the focus of his business, by the golddigger who uses sex -it's implied - to make her a daughter and thus an inheritor. Dick Powell is the one brought in to look over the business and falls for his Uncle's secretary, Ruby Keeler -Dick and Ruby were married at the time - and snoop out the golddiggers. His relationship with this lower class girll who is also an upcoming fashion designer creates a scandal and you can figure out the rest. This film contains a lot of bad crooning and extremely ineffeciently displaying of ugly tap dancing. Dick Powell is much better in Hollywood Hotel. But avoid Cowboy in Brooklyn and Going places. It wouldn't be long before Dickie's contract was not renewed an d he left WB.


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