Tag Archives: Charles Butterworth
Magnificent Obsession (1935) John M. Stahl, Irene Dunne, Robert Taylor, Charles Butterworth, Drama, Romance
Every Day’s a Holiday (1937) A. Edward Sutherland, Mae West, Edmund Lowe, Charles Butterworth, Comedy
The Moon’s Our Home (1936) William A. Seiter, Margaret Sullavan, Henry Fonda, Charles Butterworth, Comedy
The Night Is Young (1935) Dudley Murphy, Ramon Novarro, Evelyn Laye, Charles Butterworth, Romance, Musical, Drama
Based on a story by Vicki Baum, the Sigmund Romberg-Oscar Hammerstein operetta The Night is Young is set in Vienna during the Franz Josef era. To cover up an affair with the married Countess Rafay (Rosalind Russell), Archduke Gustave (Ramon Novarro), the emperor’s nephew, feigns a romance with ballet dancer Lisi (Evelyn Laye). By the time Gustave realizes how much he truly cares for Lisi, the stern Franz Josef (played by Henry Stephenson) admonishes the young man to honor duty over love and to enter into a pre-arranged marriage of state. After a tearful rendition of “When I Grow Too Old to Dream,” Gustave and Lisi bid one another their last farewell. This relentless parade of “Student Prince” cliches is relieved somewhat by the comic expertise of supporting players Una Merkel and Charles Butterworth.
Penthouse (1933) W.S. Van Dyke, Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Crime, Mystery, Romance
Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant’s defense of mobsters causes his firm to disown him and his girlfriend Sue to leave him. But when young Tom Siddell, Sue’s new boyfriend, is framed for a murder, she is the first to come asking for Durant’s help. Durant uses Gazotti’s information network and the help of new girlfriend Gertie Waxted to find that rival gangster Jim Grelliman is involved in the framing of Siddell. When Durant sends Gertie to Grelliman’s apartment in a bid to blow open the case, she is walking on thin ice.
The delightful Winnie Lightner stars in this comedy-drama as Pat, a traveling carnival troupe member who does everything from high diving to hula dancing, with time left over to romance meek and mild Sidney (Charles Butterworth) and try to save her younger sister, Irene (Evelyn Knapp), from a lecherous carny barker. The slapstick big-top finale is a highlight.