After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board. Problems arise when Betty and her girls try to ... See full summary »
A beautiful Austrian refugee in England--who is also a Nazi agent--marries a scholarly English pacifist. He lives near a secret military base she needs to get information about so she can help in Hitler's planned invasion of England.
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J.Newport Bates is a single millionaire who finds it very difficult finding a girl who will love him, not just his money. He joins the navy hoping to hide his identity, and just be one of the boys. His lawyers tell him he must have a fellow with him, to keep a watch out for gold-diggers. He reluctantly agrees and Phil also joins the navy. One night on leave, he meets a beautiful cigarette girl named Teddy, at a nightclub. She knows who he is and strings him along. Meanwhile Teddy runs into old flame Phil and the fickle girl soon drops Bates. Heartbroken, and about to give up on women entirely, Bates meets Sue the nightclub singer. She is a nice girl who's father is a banker, the two discover they have much in common and fall in love.Written by
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Most existing prints - including the version shown on the satellite and cable movie networks - are missing 40 seconds of the Spike Jones production number, "Chloe". The telephone joke following Red Ingle getting a mouthful of snow involved Eleanor Roosevelt, and would have been considered outdated after the death of FDR. Sacrificed along with the joke was a sequence with Spike Jones playing the pinball machine. See more »
Gold diggers had been a concept that had fascinated the movie makers and story writers from time immemorial, probably staring from Cinderella (or rather her step sisters) till date. Of course in the end Cinderella who wasn't a gold digger got her poor boy, who turns out to be Prince Charming.
In the movies, probably the first pure gold-digging, i.e. without the step-angle I have seen is the "Greeks have a Word for it" of early thirties, and then onward there had been many, the better one might be the Bacall's How To marry A Millionaire.
Naturally some were good, some not so good, and some horrible. The quality isn't always due to the actors, in fact most of the blame could be on the makers of the movie. At least it is certainly, in this case.
A Millionaire, sick of the gold diggers, goes incognito, where he is dug by a girl, who recognises him (may be with some help). Whether she achieves her purpose or not isn't important, incidentally, she is the heroine, Ms Lake. Nothing wrong in all this, except the huge slips, or should I say Avalanches ?
It starts from the very beginning, where his gold-digging fiancee is openly courting the millionaires dependent cousin. ALright, she has perfect right to do that, but at his home? Just because he is busy running his factory and isn't there? There are butlers, servants (they were there), and won't they speak out or just give a hint? Their loyalty must be with the boy (Bracken), not the cousin, or his Uncle/ Aunt (I assume not this cousin's parents, didn't seem so, by behavior either). I saw an exact similar situation in So Ein Millionar Hat's Schwer of Peter Alexander, but that was far well managed.
Disillusioned by the gender's approach on holy matrimony - even before, so probably and rightly he had suspicions of after, he decides to go incognito and joins - navy, as a cadet, his lawyers of course plants a guardian - body guard along with him, with his knowledge. Second wave of Avalanche - the Chief Executive of the empire decides to leave the empire under the guard of others ! Can it be afforded ? Could have been, had it been shown that he was just an apprentice in the business, newly trying to get the ropes, but nothing of the sort.
Then going to Navy itself was just meaningless, unless it involves a bit of site-seeing. Al right I will grant it. But he lands up in a place, where the heroine is a cigarette girl. Possible, but she is also an ex-flame of his body-guard, who decides not to accompany his 'Body' into a night-club ! Complete dereliction of duty.
This poor young millionaire -incognito chooses the club, where he is recognised, being a regular visitor, while he wasn't incognito. First, the clubs millionaires visit, regularly, can be afforded by poor sailors, even if marines, in their training period stipend ? Second, why would he decide to visit a club, where he would be recognised, by some one or other ? And of course the way the girl fawned over him, should naturally have rang air-raid sirens in his head.
The whole thing is a mix of mess, like this. Tried to watch it, at least for Veronica, but couldn't sit through.
In my library, it is filed under Poison Ivy Group.
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