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The Golden Arrow (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 23 May 1936 (USA)
It's the Florida party season for heiresses, with both Oklahoma oil heiress Hortense Burke-Meyers and New York face cream heiress Daisy Appleby in the state. And where the single American ... See full summary »


Alfred E. Green


Michael Arlen (story), Charles Kenyon (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Daisy Appleby
George Brent ... Johnny Jones
Eugene Pallette ... Mr. Meyers
Dick Foran ... Tommy Blake
Carol Hughes ... Hortense Burke-Meyers
Catherine Doucet ... Miss Pommesby
Craig Reynolds ... Jorgenson
Ivan Lebedeff ... Count Guilliano
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Aubrey Rutherford (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... DeWolfe
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Appleby
Eddie Acuff ... Davis
Earle Foxe ... Alfred Parker
Rafael Alcayde ... Prince Peter (as Rafael Storm)
E.E. Clive ... Walker


It's the Florida party season for heiresses, with both Oklahoma oil heiress Hortense Burke-Meyers and New York face cream heiress Daisy Appleby in the state. And where the single American heiresses are, the European bachelor set wanting their hand in marriage are close at hand. While nouveau riche, uncouth Hortense courts the attention, the excitement and the European bachelors clamoring after her, Daisy is more reclusive, wanting to stay out of the party scene and limelight by hiding aboard her yacht. Daisy desperately wants to marry for love, and not marry because it makes good print (and thus sell more face cream for her father), especially as she knows those European men are only after her money. So Daisy offers a proposition to Johnny Jones, a Florida Star newspaper reporter she befriends: marry her out of convenience. What she wants is that marriage license to dissuade all those European suitors while she quietly searches for that true love, a man with simple, American values. ... Written by Huggo

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Here She Is! The 1935 Academy Award Winner in her first picture since winning filmdom's highest honor - - the story of that famous "richest girl in the world" from Michael Arlen's daring tale of Florida's frenzied socialites!


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

23 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cream Princess See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the hotel registration card at the beginning of the film, the Burke-Meyers party has taken up 12 suites at a cost of $475 per day, which would equate to about $8,600 in 2018. See more »


In the opening credits, the hotel registration card and the newspaper story, the surname of the Oklahoma oil family is spelled Burke-Meyers. In the magazine that Daisy is reading at the approximate 52 minute mark of the movie, the surname is spelled Burke-Myers. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear over the silhouette of a woman...with what seems to be her own shadow to the right. See more »


Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »


Pettin' in the Park
[Playing while Daisy and Johnny are on the Loop-O-Plane ride]
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Nice mini-gem from Bette Davis and Warner Brothers
1 June 2012 | by audiemurphSee all my reviews

"The Golden Arrow" is for the most part a delightful, if not heavy-weight, film, and is definitely worth watching all 68 minutes worth. It opens in wild pre-code fashion, with a gaggle of wealthy Depression-era socialites firing arrows into the bathroom of a surprised and very naked man in a bathtub – he actually is shown standing up out of the tub – and he is quite obviously naked, did I mention that? But then the show really begins.

To me the most delightful scene occurs early on, when Bette Davis, playing a rich heiress, invites reporter George Brent to talk to her, and swim with her, in her yacht's little pool, although Brent is only a reporter, and not the rich gentleman she thinks he is. Although never beautiful, Bette Davis comes across as quite attractive in her energetic and perky way in many of her early movies, and I think this scene, in which Davis shows an astounding amount of leg, may be perhaps the sexiest of her career. And her chatter with Brent is quite enjoyable here, perhaps because the scene involves only the two of them, with no weak distracting supporting cast present, even if they both may be wearing the most unflattering and unattractive bathing suits in the history of movies.

Bette Davis totally dominates this movie, completely outclassing all the other actors; even George Brent, always likable, does not try to compete with Bette, instead wisely spending most of the film grim-faced and grumpy. He does have the funniest line in the film, though, when he greets his valet, who he despises, with "Hello, Useless".

Carol Hughes plays the "other" rich heiress in this film, and does not play her role badly; she is not completely unattractive. But it is astounding how weak she is when side-by-side with the great Bette Davis. Or maybe it's the other way around: we really appreciate how magnificent Davis is when we can see her next to some Warner Brother's competition.

In good old Depression-era fashion, the rich snobs of Europe are played as buffoons, and we are asked to cheer Davis' decision to marry a real American – nothing wrong with a little nativism. And Eugene Palette gets a nice little role playing a self-made millionaire common man with a family that drives him completely nuts – a role he played to perfection in that same year of 1936, in the great "My Man Godfrey".

Easily recommended little film, even if ultimately a little predictable.

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