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No, No, Nanette (1940)

Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations. Attempting one such unentanglement, ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Frank Mandel (based on the musical comedy by), Otto A. Harbach (based on the musical comedy by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ... Nanette
Richard Carlson ... Tom Gillespie
Victor Mature ... William Trainor
Roland Young ... Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith
Helen Broderick ... Mrs. Susan Smith
Zasu Pitts ... Pauline Hastings
Eve Arden ... Kitty
Billy Gilbert ... Styles
Tamara ... Sonya
Stuart Robertson Stuart Robertson ... Stillwater Jr. / Stillwater Sr.
Dorothea Kent ... Betty
Aubrey Mather ... Remington, the butler
Mary Gordon ... Gertrude, the Cook
Russell Hicks ... 'Hutch' Hutchinson
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Storyline

Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations. Attempting one such unentanglement, Nanette enlists the help of theatrical producer Bill Trainor, who promptly falls in love with her. The same thing happens when artist Tom Gillespie is called on for help. But soon Uncle Jimmy's flirtations become too numerous, and Nanette's romances with Tom and Bill run into trouble. Will Uncle Jimmy's marriage survive, and will Nanette find happiness with Tom, Bill, or somebody else? Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No - No, Nanette See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Suffolk Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In this version, young Eve Arden plays the character of Winnie, but in the Doris Day remake Tea for Two (1950), she plays Pauline. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy Smith boards the plane to Reno, he tells the stewardess his destination is the Virgin Islands. She tells him he will need to change planes in Los Angeles. Apparently the writer thought the Virgin Islands are in the Pacific. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Happy Jimmy Smith opens a silver dish to reveal a single slice of bacon]
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith: Pauline, what's this?
Pauline: Bacon.
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith: Well, I know that but...
Pauline: We've already had our allowance for the month.
Mr. 'Happy' Jimmy Smith: You mean...?
Pauline: Not another slice until Wednesday.
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Crazy Credits

The credits appear printed on stage curtains. As the title appears, Anna Neagle comes out from behind the curtain, sits to the left of the stage and sings the title song, while different curtains are rolled out, each containing new credits. See more »

Connections

Version of No, No, Nanette (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Be Happy
Written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
Sung by Anna Neagle and Roland Young
Sung in fractured Russian by Tamara
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Not great by any means.....
17 August 2006 | by tokyotapSee all my reviews

This version is likely available at your local dollar store on DVD. The print is not great, nor is the sound, but if you have $1.00 and 90 or so minutes to spare, you'll get your money's worth (which is not saying an awful lot). Anna Neagle is extremely vapid as Nanette. Whatever her charms may have been back in the day, they are not evident in this film. A great number of fine character actors appear in this film (Helen Broderick, Zasu Pitts, Even Arden), but the material falls remarkably short of their talents. Still, it is interesting to see how such accomplished performers make the most of the weak writing. The musical numbers (there are really only two) are quite horrible. Clearly the studio did not feel compelled to cash in on the rich musicality of the original "No, No, Nanette". For what it's worth, the DVD can be had for $1.00. It's worth that much just to say you've seen it.


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