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Sunny (May 30, 1941)

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Anna Neagle and John Carroll in Sunny
 

Released May 30, 1941: It is Mardi Gras week in New Orleans, the music is flowing, the fun is free and love is in the air.

Produced by Herbert Wilcox

Directed by Herbert Wilcox

The Actors: Anna Neagle (Sunny O'Sullivan), Ray Bolger (Bunny Billings), John Carroll (Larry Warren), Edward Everett Horton (Henry Bates), Grace Hartman (Juliet Runnymede), Paul Hartman (Egghead, comic magician and Sunny's brother), Frieda Inescort (Elizabeth Warren), Helen Westley (Aunt Barbara), Benny Rubin (Major Montgomery Sloan, circus ringleader), Muggins Davies (Muggins, Sunny's maid), Richard Lane (reporter), Martha Tilton (Queen of Hearts), Torben Meyer (Jean the head waiter), Ernestine Clark (acrobat), Bruce Cameron (acrobat), James Carlisle (Mr. W. Wakefield), Gene Clark (acrobat), Earl Clyde (stilt walker), Edgar Clyde (stilt walker), Willa Pearl Curtis (woman at the chicken shack), Harold DeGarro (stilt walker), James Flavin (motorcycle cop), Bess Flowers (Mrs. W. Wakefield), Jean Fowler (bit part), John Hartman (bit part), Buddy Henry (acrobat), Halliwell Hobbes (Johnson, the Waverly Hall butler), Edna Holland (Venus), Lew Kelly (stage door keeper), Donald Kerr (call boy), Sherrill Luke (young boy), Bert Moorhouse (Mr. Julian Duprez), Edmund Mortimer (Mr. Runnymeade), Peggy Remington (Mrs. Runnymeade), Fred Santley (florist), Larry Steers (Dr. Warren), Kay Sutton (brunette), John Ward (Colonel Redfield), Florence Wix (Mrs. H. Warren), Armand 'Curly' Wright (shrimp vendor), Jeff York (bit part)

 
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Little Sunny Girl, Be My Honey Girl, You Kiss and Run Girl!

Men, stop reading right now . . . skip to the final paragraph where I have a special message for you.

Now, ladies, if you've watched movies for any length of time, you have seen this story line many times, but never has it been told quite so elegantly and so well. Society boy meets circus girl, boy chases girl, boy catches girl, boy throws girl away minutes before the wedding, girl cries and goes back to the circus, and then suddenly . . . .

The movie opens on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans . . . Mardi Gras is in full swing and we see wonderful scenes of old New Orleans in 1940. The crowds are raucous and boisterous, as all Mardi Gras crowds should be. A devastatingly handsome man and a beautiful young lady find themselves thrown together, and the lady pleads with the man to help her get through the crowd to her destination. He leads her through the crowds till they come upon a group of singers led by Venus, the goddess of love. In song Venus demands that they kiss before they part. They do, and the sparks fly, the moon grows larger, and love is born. Then the young blonde girl turns and runs madly away.

Okay, of course they will see each other again. If they didn't, what kind of movie would that be? We discover that the man is Larry Warren, son of the great automobile magnate King Warren, down in Louisiana to enjoy the Mardi Gras. And the lady is the star of the Mardi Gras circus, Sunny O'Sullivan, from a long line of show people. After a whirlwind night at the Mardi Gras they decide to marry, and plans are made to go back to the Warren Estate to meet the rest of the Warren clan and arrange the wedding. And that is where the trouble begins.

First there is Aunt Barbara, the crusty old matron of the family. Larry Warren has done this before, bringing home a girl that he thinks he loves, only to have it end badly. Aunt Barbara will lead the family in a concerted effort to ridicule and abuse the good nature of Sunny O'Sullivan until she runs from the Estate and from Warren. But Sunny seems to be up to it all, and the wedding day eventually arrives. Unknown to Sunny and the Warrens, all of the circus people are planning to crash the wedding and surprise Sunny with their presence. But thanks to Larry's scheming sister, the circus folk are ushered into the mansion and a melee of circus antics break the staid and refined atmosphere. Larry will have none of this on his wedding day and demands that they all leave.

Despite it being bad luck, Sunny, in her finest wedding dress, goes to the drawing room where Larry is kicking out her circus friends, and stands with them, saying that if they go, she will go with them. Indeed, Sunny and the circus return to New Orleans and Sunny continues her career as a singer and horseback rider in the circus, away from the Warren Estate and the wealthy snobs. Can a circus girl find happiness with a wealthy businessman? Does ham go with eggs?

Now men, this is for you . . . If you know what is good for you, you will turn off the football game and sit next to your best girl as she gets ready to watch this motion picture. Make sure you hold the bowl of hot buttered popcorn on YOUR lap, so that her tears will not make it soggy. And have plenty of Kleenex handy also. There is an old gal with a loaded gun that will interest the guys, in addition to the beautiful girls. I understand that you may not enjoy the music of Oscar Hammerstein, or the sappy, sweet dialogue and love lines, but trust me, when you have finished watching this movie next to your best girl, she will make it well worth your time.Honest

Anna Neagle and John Carroll
Anna Neagle and John Carroll
Anna Neagle
Anna Neagle
John Carroll
John Carroll
Anna Neagle
Anna Neagle
Anna Neagle and John Carroll
Anna Neagle and John Carroll
Anna Neagle and Ray Bolger
Anna Neagle and Ray Bolger
Anna Neagle
Anna Neagle
Anna Neagle
Anna Neagle
Edward Everett Horton and John Carroll
Edward Everett Horton and John Carroll
Martha Tilton
Martha Tilton
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
Frieda Inescort and Helen Westley
Frieda Inescort and Helen Westley
Frieda Inescort and John Carroll
Frieda Inescort and John Carroll
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort and Grace Hartman
Frieda Inescort and Grace Hartman
Grace Hartman and Edward Everett Horton
Grace Hartman and Edward Everett Horton
Grace Hartman and Paul Hartman
Grace Hartman and Paul Hartman
Halliwell Hobbes
Halliwell Hobbes
Helen Westley
Helen Westley
Helen Westley and Frieda Inescort
Helen Westley and Frieda Inescort
Helen Westley
Helen Westley
John Carroll
John Carroll
Muggins Davies
Muggins Davies
Paul Hartman, Anna Neagle and Ray Bolger
Paul Hartman, Anna Neagle and Ray Bolger
Paul Hartman and Grace Hartman
Paul Hartman and Grace Hartman
Paul Hartman and Muggins Davies
Paul Hartman and Muggins Davies
Paul Hartman
Paul Hartman
Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
Richard Lane
Richard Lane
Torben Meyer
Torben Meyer

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