Take a Chance was based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, though only one of the original songs, Eadie Was a Lady, has been retained. The thinnish plot involves the misadventures of a pair of pickpockets, played on Broadway by Jack Haley and Sid Silvers and on film by James Dunn and Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards.
Tag Archives: 1930s
Jolly Fellows / Moscow Laughs / Vesyolye Rebyata (1934) Grigori Aleksandrov, Leonid Utyosov, Lyubov Orlova, Mariya Strelkova, Comedy, Musical
Jolly Fellows, also translated as Happy-Go-Lucky Guys, Moscow Laughs and Jazz Comedy, is a 1934 Soviet musical film, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and starring his wife Lyubov Orlova, a gifted singer and the first recognized star of Soviet cinema.
Skipworth is the grand dame of a titled European family down on their luck. Roland Young is bumbling and stuttering father, Sari Maritza is pretty daughter who loves rich and handsome boyfriend Kent Taylor whose blowhard American father George Barbier does not trust anyone.
Kept Husbands (1931) Lloyd Bacon, Clara Kimball Young, Joel McCrea, Dorothy Mackaill, Drama, Romance
Blue collar steelworker Richard Brunton (McCrea) saves two of his fellow workers after an accident at a factory. In gratitude, his boss, millionaire Arthur Parker invites Richard for dinner with his family. Arthur’s daughter Dot (Mackaill) is instantly impressed and infatuated with Richard She vows to marry him within a month.
Top of the Town (1937) Ralph Murphy, Sam White, Doris Nolan, George Murphy, Ella Logan, Comedy, Music
Diana Borden (Doris Lloyd, a bleeding-heart rich-girl, returns from a trip to Russia filled with sympathy for the “little” people of the slums and wants to do “something” artistic and socially significant for them…so she opens up a nightclub atop a 100-story skyscraper. For her, that means acts such as opera singers, extracts from “Hamlet” and three sailors imitating a giraffe.
Public Defender Gary Franklin, frustrated by being unable to save criminal Dutch Adams from a death sentence by blaming the slums environment as the cause of Dutch’s crimes, enlists the aid of Dutch’s sister, Marcia Adams, to get the slum dwellers at appeal for public monies to provide recreational places for the slum kids.
An Italian-American barber, Joe Thomasello, buys a sweepstakes ticket but doesn’t tell his wife, Nora, as she takes a dim view of gambling in any form. The ticket turns out to be the prize winner but Joe can’t find it where he hid it from Nora, as the baby in the family found it also. The frantic search leads to the family being jailed.
Secrets of an Actress (1938) William Keighley, Kay Francis, George Brent, Ian Hunter, Drama, Romance
Alibi Ike (1935) Ray Enright, Joe E. Brown, Olivia de Havilland, Ruth Donnelly, Comedy, Romance, Sport
Rookie pitcher Francis “Ike” Farrell comes seemingly out of nowhere to help the Cubs go for the pennant. His idiosyncratic ways, which include excuses and alibis for everything, drive his manager and fiancee crazy in this baseball farce.
Pennies from Heaven (1936) Norman Z. McLeod, Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her elderly grandfather who need lots of help.