Prairie Moon with Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette. Gene Autry plays a singing cattle herder and part-time deputy sheriff named Gene Autry. When childhood-friend-turned-Chicago-gangster 'Legs' Barton dies in a shootout at the Barton family ranch, Gene agrees to care for his three sons. He sends Smiley to fetch them from Chicago despite their lack of enthusiasm for ranch life. Gene must also break up a cattle rustling gang that is using the Barton ranch to hide stolen cattle.
'Rats' are freshmen just like at Georgia Tech (my own college). 'Brother Rats' are the men from your freshmen class that have accompanied you through your entire school career. This was the movie version of a successful Broadway play (written by VMI grads), which was apparently a little racier. Ronald Reagan played opposite Jane Wyman whom he would marry in a couple of years. This was Eddie Albert's first film, reprising his role from Broadway.
Familiar face: Louise Beavers plays a maid. I saw her recently as Mamie in Holiday Inn.
The lifeblood of this movie is in throwing the amazing cast into awkward situations and watching them interact. The plot stays mired in "we need to tell my father we're married".
Peter's father is played by Charles Coburn who is so familiar to me that it surprises me that I can't find a single role of his in IMDB that stands out in my mind. Peter's mother is played by Beulah Bondi who was Ma Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. Other familiar faces: Grady Sutton, Franklin Pangborn, Hattie McDaniel, Willie Best.
The only dancing that Ginger Rogers does is to teach Ma Bailey the Big Apple. This is the most commonly mentioned dance in MCMXXXVIII movies. I should try to go back and tag every movie where it occurs.
This movie has all the nice little tidbits of Zeitgeist that I look for in the MCMXXXVIII movies. This was a movie version of a popular Broadway play of the same name and apparently played on the popularity of 'hillbilly' humor at the time. It stars a group known as "The Weaver Brothers and Elviry" who were a popular vaudeville hillbilly act and who starred in a whole series of movies for Republic Pictures after this film. Joe Skopapolus was played by actor Nat Pendleton who was a former Olympic and pro wrestler. One of his opponents in this movie was played by Daniel Boone 'Whiskers' Savage, a real professional wrestler who was in no other movies. The big wrestling match in this movie was scheduled for Decoration Day, which we would call Memorial Day.
Familiar faces: Allen Jenkins and Penny Singleton (who sings and dances). Also a small appearance by Ronald Reagan.
This is the second of five 1938 Bogart movies that TCM showed as part of a Bogie weekend. Busy fellow.
Dick Powell sings "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" and later dresses in blackface and does a Jolson impersonation.
Penny Singleton (from the Blondie movies) as Maggie's personal maid
Melville Cooper (Sheriff of Nottingham from The Adventures of Robin Hood) as Mr. Richards' valet
Tom Fadden* (the toll keeper from It's a Wonderful Life) as a gas station attendant
Looks like I was wrong about this one. It was Irving Bacon.
*IMDb doesn't even list this one!
Hold That Kiss with Maureen O'Sullivan, Dennis O'Keefe, and Mickey Rooney. Junie Evans (Maureen O'Sullivan) and Tommy Bradford (Dennis O'Keefe) are both working class stiffs who cater to society clientele. Junie works for a couturier and Tommy is a salesman for a travel agency. They meet at a society wedding ball where Junie is helping the bride with her honeymoon ensemble and Tommy is hand delivering cruise tickets. They both pretend to be invited guests and each believes the other, aided by the fact that the absent-minded host also mistakes them for guests. Tommy has memorized countless tour descriptions ("When night falls and the shadows start to lengthen in glamorous old Singapore, one is taken back to the romantic days of Marco Polo...") and can pass himself off as a world traveller even though he has never been "east of the Statue of Liberty". Each is impressed that the other is more down to earth than the society snobs he (or she) usually encounters. They start to date, taking pains not to reveal their real social standing. In searching for a date venue that is inexpensive but still "society", Tommy decides to take Junie to the dog show, where they somehow end up as owners of the Saint Bernard that won Best in Show. Eventually the charade falls apart, and after initial anger at the mutual deception and some payback pranks, the couple plus dog ride off together. Mickey Rooney plays Junie's clarinet playing younger brother, Chick.
Someone in the movie once mentions the "Four Hundred" and once Tommy introduces himself as "T. Van Rensselaer Bradford". This is a reference to elite New York society in the late 1800's. It was said that there were only 400 people who mattered in New York society, and the Van Rensselaer family was part of this. A good article about "The Four Hundred" can be found here: http://edwardianpromenade.com/?p=839. Also in the movie they twice use the phrase "soup and fish" to refer to formal wear (once saying "a tux is no good, it's gotta be soup and fish!")
One of the main stalling tactics is to get the play's author (Frank Albertson*) to pretend he is sick so they can't be evicted from their room. This ploy goes as far as to have him pretend to commit suicide and to be mourned by a chorus of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". Lucille Ball plays Groucho's girlfriend but this movie lacks the humorous lecherousness of other Marx Brothers movies.
According to my calculations, this is 38th movie from 1938 I've watched this year. Woohoo! I have a bunch of comments I haven't posted yet. I will eventually catch up.
*Frank Albertson played Sam Wainwright in It's a Wonderful Life (according to IMDB) but I didn't recognize him at all.