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Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 2 February 1934 (USA)
Two salesmen try to market a flavored lipstick.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Bert Kalmar (screen play), Harry Ruby (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Andy Williams
Robert Woolsey ... Dr. Robert Dudley
Ruth Etting ... Ruth Etting
Thelma Todd ... Miss Frisby
Dorothy Lee ... Daisy Maxwell
George Meeker ... Armand Beauchamp
Phyllis Barry ... Madame Irene
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Sweeney (as James Burtis)
Matt Briggs ... Epstein
Spencer Charters ... Clark
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Storyline

To help a girl keep her job, two small time salesmen, Andy and Dudley, talk her boss, a lady head of a cosmetics firm, into selling their line of flavored lipsticks. They become business partners and romantic interests. After a promotional campaign on a musical variety radio program, the lipsticks are a big success. The boys accidentally misplace a bag with the company's securities, which in turn is secretly stolen by their crooked manager. Andy and Dudley, now charged with embezzlement, are on the run when they get themselves into an auto race, where their car is sponsored by their company and their business competitor backs the rival car in the race. Written by WesternOne1

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Taglines:

BERT and ROBERT (the cuckoos) dumb-crack their way to glory while the nation cheers (Print Ad-Kyle News, ((Kyle, Texas)) 23 February 1934) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hip! Hip! Hurrah! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$336,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Note the brief depiction of closed circuit television on a relatively large screen near the beginning of the film with Daisy in the store window. See more »

Goofs

During the "Keep On Doing What You're Doing" number Thelma Todd loses a button from her dress. See more »

Quotes

Miss Pilot - Radio Announcer: [First lines] This program is coming to you directly from the elaborate salon of the Maiden America Beauty Products Company. Ladies you are welcome here! You are welcome to see our little revue and learn how you too can become a Miss America. A thing of beauty is a joy forever! Of course, none of us can live forever, but, we all want to be beautiful while we do live.
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Soundtracks

Keep Romance Alive
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar
Sung by Ruth Etting
Danced by chorus girls twice
Danced by Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey
Played often in the score
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Lipstick told the tale on you
23 October 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Wheeler&Woolsey film finds the guys selling flavored lipsticks on the street corner to make a buck. People did that sort of stuff in the Depression. They get noticed, first by cops but then by Thelma Todd and one of her salesgirls Dorothy Lee. As usual Lee pairs with Bert while Thelma Todd does some of her best vamping with Bob.

George Meeker works for Todd, but is secretly working for a rival to sabotage her store. When the boys lift some valuable securities accidentally he finds them and sics the cops on them.

The finale is a kind of Grand Prix marathon and Bert and Bob are quite inventive in their methods of overcoming obstacles.

Ruth Etting makes a guest appearance with one song in the beginning, always a treat.

The race and a sequence where they play a on by stealing an office on the fly is similar to what was done in The Sting. Maybe George Roy Hill got the idea from seeing this.

Good fun from W&W.


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