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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
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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 »
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 »
You mean to say I'm to blame?
Yes. I think so.
[Gives Rawlins a push]
You can' talk like that to me. I'll knock your ears off.
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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Cute, charming, and very funny, but am I the only one to notice....
...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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