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Small Town Girl (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 April 1936 (USA)
Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while ... See full summary »

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Kay Brannan
Robert Taylor ... Bob Dakin
Binnie Barnes ... Priscilla Hyde
Andy Devine ... George Brannan
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Dakin
Elizabeth Patterson ... Ma Brannan
Frank Craven ... Will Brannan
James Stewart ... Elmer Clampett
Isabel Jewell ... Emily Brannan
Charley Grapewin ... Dr. Ned Fabre
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Dakin
Robert Greig ... Childers
Edgar Kennedy ... Captain Mack
Willie Fung ... So-So
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Storyline

Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while drunk and then proceeds to take her out on a night on the town. Kay likes the stranger, and when the drunken Bob decides that they should get married, Kay hesitates little before consenting. The morning after the affair, Bob, once sober, regrets his mistake. His strict and upright parents, however, insist that the young couple pretend marriage for 6 months before divorcing, in order to avoid bad publicity. Bob resents Kay for standing in the way of him and his fiancée, Priscilla, but Kay still hopes that he'd have a change of heart. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Horse Town See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally set to star Jean Harlow as Kay and Robert Montgomery as Bob. See more »

Goofs

The calendar that Robert Taylor looks at that Janet Gaynor's character is making time on shows February with 31 days. The days are correct for February 1936, a leap year with 29 days, except for the Sunday & Monday 2 added days at the end. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dakin: The telephone is a marvelous invention but you should never use one while standing in a bathtub.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the turning pages of a book. See more »

Connections

References The Merry Widow (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Boola Boola
(uncredited)
Written by Allan M. Hirsch
Adapted from "La Hoola Boola"
Written by Bob Cole and Billy Johnson
[Played and sung at Tait's Tavern]
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6.7 My eye.
12 August 2016 | by roshanstewartSee all my reviews

This film was by far the best dramedy I have scene. Simple, concise, deep enough, clearly understanding of the human-condition, weakness, and heart. This picture is absolutely brilliant and no one can take that away.

I had to wait to watch this. I have adored Bob Taylor for three months now, since I discovered him in late May, early June this year. I have been watching all the films of his, I can get my hands on.

Due to left-wing folks in Hollywood, who took his blacklisting response on communism too much to heart, he has been slowly erased from MGM, TCM, Warner classics, etc. Since his passing in 1969. Fear not- RT fans- he is making a come-back, and I am one of the few loyal fans on this planet who will partake in bringing back the magic he had on the silver-screen.

"Small Town Girl" Is one of his earlier pictures, what with his being only twenty-four years of age during its production. He made a lot of great movies this year, including "His Brother's Wife" Where he met and got to know pal and future failed marriage, Barbara Stanwyck. He also had his big break later in the year with Greta Garbo in "Camille" which is one of the few films that withstood the test of time and people still know about- only because of Garbo, of course. Anyhow, I digress; Janet Gaynor. Never had heard of her before this film, even despite being raised on all of the classics, 1920s onward (And even before) but now I am so happy this was my first impression of her.

Gaynor's portrayal of Katherine Brannan, or Kay, as she is so called, is spot-on. She has the most impeccable expressions, when it comes to the various emotions of this character throughout the film. There's the frustration in the beginning of a girl, being trapped in her own family, not being able to relate to them the way she perhaps, once had. I relate to her, so I suppose that's ultimately why I adore this film so much. I love my family, and I have recently returned to them, which is another reason I love it, cause she sees how important that is when the time comes... then there's the sassy, catty version of Miss Brannan, where she really tries hard to be the newly-wed of Mr T's character Bob "Doc" Dakin. (Whenever I read his name before, the Englishman in me pronounced it "Daw-kin" when really it is Day-kin)

Now for Mr Taylor... Ahhhhh Mr Taylor. His performance couldn't have been done better by anyone. And I mean it! Not just cause I am biased and adore the man, but to play the scuzzy-playboy in the beginning, you have no inkling is in a relationship, actually- affianced to Priscilla, and then to play this sweet innocent Kay and to take her for a ride, in all senses of the word (besides the modern vulgarity) Ohhh and then how he develops as she makes him a better doctor, a better professional- a better PERSON! Love his performance, and hers.

This is a must-see if you like any fun films from the '30s, specially '36!

ENJOY. and pay close attention, most quotable little dramedy, I've ever seen.


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