No, No, Nanette (December 20, 1940)
Released on December 20, 1940: (running time 1 hour and 27 minutes) Niece Nanette tries to keep Aunt Susan from discovering all of the girls that her Uncle Jimmy flirts with.
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Ken Englund from the play written by Frank Mandel, Otto A. Harbach, Vincent Youmans and Emil Nyitray
The Actors: Anna Neagle (Nanette), Roland Young ('Happy' Jimmy Smith), Richard Carlson (Tom Gillespie, erotic artist), Victor Mature (William Trainor, theatrical producer), Helen Broderick (Mrs. Susan Smith), Zazu Pitts (Pauline Hastings, maid), Eve Arden (Kitty from Kansas), Billy Gilbert (Styles the gardener), Tamara (Sonya Sanyovitch from Syracuse), Stuart Robertson (Stillwater Jr. and Sr.), Dorothea Kent (Betty Bennett from Bridgeport), Aubrey Mather (Remington the butler), Mary Gordon (Gertrude the cook), Russell Hicks ('Hutch' Hutchinson), Margaret Armstrong (dowager), Muriel Barr (showgirl), Brooks Benedict (birthday party guest), Joan Blair (woman at the Smith home), Maurice Cass (art critic), Dora Clement (woman at the Smith home), Mary Currier (woman at the Smith home), John Dilson (desk clerk), Lester Dorr (travel agent), Jean Fenwick (woman at the Smith home), Bess Flowers (birthday party guest), Chris Franke (hansom driver), Dick French (congratulator), Marion Graham (showgirl), Paul Irving (art critic), Ethelreda Leopold (bit part), Keye Luke (Sung the Oriental Cafe manager), Torben Meyer (Furtlemertle), Harold Miller (man in elevator), Frank Mills (taxi driver), George Noisom (messenger boy), Sally Payne (maid), Frank Puglia (art critic), Tom Quinn (Congratulator), Joey Ray (desk clerk), Cyril Ring (desk clerk), Ronald R. Rondell (man), Benny Rubin (Max, theater pianist), Julius Tannen (disturbed airline passenger), Rosella Towne (stewardess), Minerva Urecal (woman at airport), Victor Wong (John, Tom's houseboy), Georgiana Young (showgirl)
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The Reagal Neagle and the Happy Uncle
England’s most powerful and talented theater producer during the 1930’s and 1940’s, Herbert Wilcox, read the headline in the Daily Express: “Is this the world’s new sweetheart?” The story was about a young actress working with the name Anna Neagle. He met the girl and would go on to cast her in movies, and would eventually marry her, forming one of the great cinematic partnerships.
The story of Anna Neagle’s royal heritage was a closely held secret during her acting years, never made known until an article in the Express in 2014 on the occasion of Princess Anna’s unveiling of a white marble stone commemorating the lives of Anna Neagle and her husband Herbert Wilcox.
Queen Elizabeth II is the current ruler of the British Empire. Her father, King George VI, ruled England through the years of World War Two, and was King during the years that Anna Neagle was at the top of British and Hollywood cinema.
Anna Neagle heard rumors from her family that she might be connected to British Royalty, but it was only a family rumor. It was rumored that Queen Victoria’s uncle, Prince Augustus Frederick, the Duke of Sussex, and sixth son of King George III, was a lusty fellow with a keen eye for the women. Anna Neagle heard that her great-great-grandmother had a child by a Prince Frederick.
King George VI followed the career of Anna Neagle and on one occasion invited Anna and husband Herbert to Balmoral. During that visit, the King told Anna that he found records in the royal archive that showed evidence of a legal marriage between Prince Frederick and her great-grandmother, making Anna’s great grandmother the legitimate first cousin of Queen Victoria.
In this light romantic comedy Anna Neagle is the niece of millionaire publisher Jimmy Smith, who likes to make all the young ladies around him happy. He promises them that he will support them and finance their dreams. Unfortunately, because of onerous tax laws, all of his wealth in in the name of his wife, and she pinches every penny tightly. Now several angry young women are threatening to make their relationships public. It will be up to niece Nanette to keep Uncle Jimmy out of trouble. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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