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Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 4 March 1938 (USA)
Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Eddie Moran (screen play), Jack Jevne (screen play)
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Jerry Kilbourne
Brian Aherne ... Wade Rawlins
Alan Mowbray ... Grosvenor - Butler
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Kilbourne
Patsy Kelly ... Etta
Ann Dvorak ... Minerva Harlan
Tom Brown ... Kane Kilbourne
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. Kilbourne
Bonita Granville ... Marian Kilbourne
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Harlan
Phillip Reed ... Herbert Wheeler
Willie Best ... George
Sidney Bracey ... 2nd Butler
Paul Everton ... Senator Harlan
Marjorie Kane ... Rosa
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Storyline

Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a chauffeur's uniform. He also catches the eye of her pretty Geraldine. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Chapter See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a very overt product placement tie-in, the Southern California Gas Company took out newspaper ads touting the gas appliances seen in the film's kitchen set. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry and Marian are rushing down the stairs near the beginning of the film, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall to the left. See more »

Quotes

Herbert Wheeler: You mean to say I'm to blame?
Wade Rawlins: Yes. I think so.
Herbert Wheeler: [Gives Rawlins a push] You can' talk like that to me. I'll knock your ears off.
Wade Rawlins: Oh, don't frighten me, mister. Look, you got me all nervous.
[He shakes his hands, flips his notebook in Wheeler's face, and gets back in his car]
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Crazy Credits

Behind the opening credits, the cast walks arm in arm up the driveway towards the camera. See more »

Connections

References My Man Godfrey (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George Frederick Root
Sung a cappella by Bonita Granville
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Cute, charming, and very funny, but am I the only one to notice....
30 August 2005 | by 75grouchoSee all my reviews

...that it's basically a remake of "MY MAN GODFREY"? I can't be the only person to have noticed this. It's a screwball comedy about a hobo taken in as butler for a wealthy but eccentric family. There's the exasperated father, airhead mother, two daughters each with ulterior motives, wisecracking other servants, and the handsome young man who seems a little too polished to be a tramp. Even right down to the closing water-splashing payoff involving the leading man and the ingénue.

But to this film's credit, it's worthy of viewing in its own right. The gags are clever, the dialogue is sharp, and the plot is well-structured and fast paced. Solid screwball comedy with a great cast: Constance Bennett, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Patsy Kelly, and young Bonita Granville. It's a forgotten classic only because people remember MY MAN GODFREY better.


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