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We're Not Dressing (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 27 April 1934 (USA)
Yacht owner is stranded on island with her socialite friends, a wacky husband and wife research team, and a singing sailor.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Walton Hall Smith (based on stories by), Benjamin Glazer (based on stories by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Stephen Jones
Carole Lombard ... Doris Worthington
George Burns ... George
Gracie Allen ... Gracie
Ethel Merman ... Edith
Leon Errol ... Hubert
Ray Milland ... Prince Michael (credited, actually Prince Alexander) (as Raymond Milland)
Jay Henry Jay Henry ... Prince Alexander (credited, actually Prince Michael)
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Storyline

Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

You'll sing its songs and praises for weeks! (Print Ad- Ogdensburg Advance, ((Ogdensburg NY)) 6 May 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido ao Leme See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The portrait of Gracie's Uncle Fred appeared to be a caricature of George Barbier. See more »

Goofs

Several times, when "Droopy" growls, her lips don't move. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Jones: See, a little work won't hurt you... for once.
Hubert: Oh, I don't mind work now and then. But I don't want it to become a habit.
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Soundtracks

She Reminds Me of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Bing Crosby
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A strange amalgam
17 August 2006 | by HallmarkMovieBuffSee all my reviews

OK, take away Der Bingle's singing, and what have you got? ... OK, take away Burns & Allen's comedy, and what have you got? ... OK, take away the music-comedy of Merman and Errol, and what have you got? ... OK, take away the dancing (and roller skating) bear, and what have you got? There must be a story in there somewhere...and there is, but as one of many versions of James Barrie's "Admirable Crichton," it's hardly unique.

So how do you make a musical comedy out of a social lesson? You subjugate the story and make it incidental. You find an appealing star like Carole Lombard and place her in the role of the hoity-toity socialite. You cast a crooner like Bing Crosby opposite her. You add some well-known actors like George Burns and Gracie Allen, Leon Errol, and a twenty-something Ethel Merman for some comic relief. Finally, you toss in a prince or two in the form of a Ray Milland and, in his sole role, Jay Henry, and...voilá, by George, you've got it!

In short, turn off your mind and enjoy the ride.


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