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Mr. Boggs Steps Out (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 February 1938 (USA)
Oliver Boggs, a typical office drone, with no success in sight, who can spout statistics about anything and everything, wins $1500 in a bean-guessing contest at the movie theatre, quits his... See full summary »


Gordon Wiles


Clarence Budington Kelland (story "Face the Facts"), Richard English (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Erwin ... Oliver Boggs
Helen Chandler ... Oleander Tubbs
Toby Wing ... Irene Lee
Tully Marshall ... Morton Ross
Spencer Charters ... Angus Tubbs
Walter Byron ... Dennis Andrews
Harry Tyler ... Sam Mason
Milburn Stone ... Burns
Otto Hoffman ... Jenkins
Peter Potter Peter Potter ... Bob DeBrette (as William Moore)
Nora Cecil ... Widow Peddie
Elliot Fisher Elliot Fisher ... Tommy Mason (as Elliott Fisher)
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Theatre Manager (as Edward Kane)
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Mr. Pry
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... The Butler


Oliver Boggs, a typical office drone, with no success in sight, who can spout statistics about anything and everything, wins $1500 in a bean-guessing contest at the movie theatre, quits his job and sets forth for the seedy, down-at-the-heels town of Peckham Falls. There he buys a barrel factory and falls in love with Irene Lee, the snobbish niece of crusty old Morton Ross, the town's only rich man and owner of the closed canneries. Oleander Tubbs and her inventor father Angus, who sold Oliver the factory, tell him it has no future but he disagrees and says he will have everything booming again. Oleander thinks he is daffy but she and her father agree to help him. Angus invents a collapsible barrel and Oliver, seeing fame and fortune just ahead, spends all of his money just keeping the factory going. Oliver persuades old man Ross to re-open the canneries and to use the ground-breaking barrels and things appear to be going okay, until Dennis Andrews, Ross' slick attorney, tries to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE WAS AN OPTIMIST... He could see the doughnut when others only saw the hole! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face the Facts See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although his studio was sinking into oblivion by it's release date, studio boss Edward L. Alperson (see bio for details) gave this film an elaborate promotional build-up (at least by Grand National's standards), betting on the renown of author Clarence Budington Kelland, whose Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) became a major hit for Columbia. It didn't work and within a year Grand National was gone. See more »


References Navy Spy (1937) See more »

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Stu Erwin film good, but needs restoration
3 February 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Sound quality and picture quality are just TERRIBLE with a capital T. Stuart Erwin is "Oliver", who wins a contest and decides to invest his winnings in another business. First he meets office worker "Oleander" (Helen Chandler), but Toby Wing is "Irene" is the girl he is courting. It's quite dated, and it looks like most of the cast had come from vaudeville and/or the silent films. Oliver takes over and is determined to make a go of the company he has bought in a quiet, little hick town. Directed by Gordon Wiles, who had won an oscar for "TransAtlantic" in 1931. sadly, Wiles died quite young at 46.. couldn't find much info on him anywhere. does anyone have any info on him? Written by Clarence Kelland, who had also written "Mr. Deeds".. .he had a whole bunch of stories made into films, both silents and talkies. It's entertaining, if a bit slow. I hope this gets a restoration at some point. Saw this shaggy copy on Moonlight Movies channel... haven't seen this one on Turner Classics yet. Produced by Zion Meyers, who wrote and directed various projects during the 1920s, 30s, 40s. Not much information available on him either. There ARE some web pages on the interwebs with more information, with various spellings of myers/meyers... but it wouldn't be right to cut and paste that information here. It's a pretty good film, if you can find it. Good, solid story line.

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