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Naughty But Nice (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 1 July 1939 (USA)
Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Richard Macaulay (screenplay), Jerry Wald (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Zelda Manion
Dick Powell ... Professor Donald 'Don' Hardwick
Gale Page ... Linda McKay
Helen Broderick ... Aunt Martha Hogan
Ronald Reagan ... Ed 'Eddie' Clark
Allen Jenkins ... Joe Dirk
Zasu Pitts ... Aunt Penelope Hardwick
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Killer (as Maxie Rosenblum)
Jerry Colonna ... Allie Gray
Luis Alberni ... Stanislaus Pysinski
Vera Lewis ... Aunt Annabella Hardwick
Elizabeth Dunne Elizabeth Dunne ... Aunt Henrietta Hardwick
William B. Davidson ... Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher (as Bill Davidson)
Granville Bates ... Judge Kennith B. Walters, Superior Court
Halliwell Hobbes ... Dean Burton, Winfield College
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Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt Martha, he is surrounded by swing and after a few drinks, he is photographed hanging on the chandelier. He finds that he can only sell his rhapsody to Eddie and Miss McKay puts lyrics to it. It is a big swing sensation and the partnership of Hardwick and McKay crank out the hits until Zelda breaks up the team. Zelda wants to sing the hot songs and have Hudson, the Home of the Hits, publish the music. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The "Oomph" Girl's Greatest Tri"Oomph"

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Professor Steps Out See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 24 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Saturday 6 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Phoenix Tuesday 23 October 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in Boston Friday 26 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Tuesday 12 February 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Portland OR Sunday 24 March 1957 on KOIN (Channel 6). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
(1809) (uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Strains played as part of the score
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The ABC's of Love
25 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Stuffy music professor (Dick Powell) hates popular swing music but the only person interested in the rhapsody he's written is a pop music lyricist (Gale Page). She puts words to his music and turns it into a big hit with the swing crowd. The duo are very successful until a sexy singer (Ann Sheridan) tries to lure the professor astray.

Nice comedy with a good cast. Powell does fine but, despite the plot involving music, he never sings. He does learn what the A, B, and C types of love are from Gale Page and Ann Sheridan. Page is wonderful. She has a genial charm about her that is a joy to watch. Sheridan is sexy and, well, full of oomph! A very fun supporting cast with the likes of ZaSu Pitts, Maxie Rosenbloom, Allen Jenkins, and Vera Lewis. Granville Bates has a funny role as a judge. Songs are nothing special but the humor and likable cast helps.


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