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George Whites's Scandals (1934) DVD

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George White's Scandals (1934)


Thornton FreelandHarry Lachman  


George White (story),  Jack Yellen   


Rudy ValleeJimmy DuranteAlice Faye
Legendary Broadway impresario George White made his Hollywood debut with this musical, which he wrote, co-directed, and starred in as himself. Reporter Miss Lee (Gertrude Michael) is looking for a story and approaches White as he's assembling the latest edition of his famous revue. As it turns out, she has lots of backstage gossip to choose from; Mona Vale (Alice Faye), White's latest discovery, is making her Broadway debut in the show, and she's fallen in love with the star, Jimmy Martin (Rudy Vallee). Jimmy, however, only has eyes for Barbara Lorainne (Adrienne Ames), a snooty high society type also in the cast. A quarrel between Mona and Barbara leads to a fight, with Jimmy coming to Barbara's rescue; a despondent Mona decides to leave the show if she can't have the man she loves. Meanwhile, comedian Happy Donnelly (Jimmy Durante) finds himself torn between his feelings for Mona and another young dancer in the show, Patsy Day (Dixie Dunbar), who is also thinking about quitting in disappointment. Amidst the romantic turmoil, a wacky salesman (Gregory Ratoff) keeps trying to make a sale with White, and the cast periodically breaks into song, belting out ten numbers, including "Oh You Nasty Man," "My Dog Loves Your Dog," "Every Day Is Father's Day with Baby," "Sweet and Simple," and "The Man on the Flying Trapeze."

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  1. Utter Fun and Frolics to Warch 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 23rd 2019

    I shall not linger long in praising this film and reissue thereof, but it SURE IS SWELL, to use slang of its epoch. It is true that the film is rather lowbrow glamour, but the cast has so much fun and is so utterly sassy that even a number of mind-dumbing fit, like "Your Dog Loves My Dog" comes off magnificently, with dog sniffing dog and man sizing up woman to sexy effect, all to the idiotic lyrics set to almost criminally catchy melody. And so it goes all along.

    The big set numbers, in Busby Berkeley style but not quite so spectacular as that original, are eye-pleasing and with the cast singing and speaking in suggestive manner that is quite bewitching. This is not up to a truly classic standard, but sheer, unadulterated entertainment is "the name of the game.

    Of the cast, Jimmy Durante, in his prime, is exuberant and lovable, even more so than he still was in his much later days on early TV. The entire cast contributes, in the case each of them, impersonations of real zest and humour. However, the music and dancing are foremost, so even if one may not like the rather banal nature of whatever little plot there is in this movie musical revue, it does not matter, for the choreography, dancing, posing, and antics add up to more than any elements that sheer acting could contribute.

    Fun, absolute fun. I watched this one twice in a row the same evening, because it is so captivating! The quality of Zeus' restoration is superb, so there are no worries of a technical sort.

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