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Hats Off (December 6, 1936)

Mae Clarke in Hats Off
 

Released on December 6, 1936: (running time 61 minutes) his musical comedy hits all the right notes. It was made by a small studio called Grand National. They were producing films that were as good as the major studios, but shortly after this film, they got Jimmy Cagney to star in a film the went horribly over budget, to the tune of about $800,000, an unheard of amount for 1936, and the studio went bankrupt.

Produced by Boris Petroff

Directed by Boris Petroff

The Actors: Mae Clarke (Mary Jo Allen), John Payne (Jimmy Maxwell), Helen Lynd (Ginger Connolly), Luis Alberni (Caesar Rosero), Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher (Buss Morton), Franklin Pangborn (Mr. Churchill), Robert Middlemass (Tex Connelly), George Irving (J.D. Murdock), Clarence Wilson (C.D. Pottingham), Three Radio Rogues (themselves), Val Stanton (Rosero's valet), Ernie Stanton (Rosero's secretary), Eddie Bartell (himself, radio rogue), Jimmy Hollywood (himself, radio rogue), Henry Taylor (himself, radio rogue), Ralph Brooks (nightclub patron), Kernan Cripps (stage manager), Dick Gordon (board member), Charles King ('Handsome'), William H. O'Brien (Rosero's butler), Dennis O'Keefe (nightclub patron), Jack Perry (winning boxer), Alexander Pollard (nightclub waiter), Ronald R. Rondell (nightclub patron), Charles Sullivan (losing boxer)

 

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The Texas Twin City Two-Step

This 1936 romantic comedy is about an exposition. A twentieth century exposition was like a county fair on steroids. There were two expositions in 1936, and one of them was held on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now stands. The reason for the the exposition in Cleveland was to celebrate the founding of the city a hundred years earlier. The Great Lakes Exposition lasted two years and attracted over 11 million visitors, helping to lift the Cleveland economy out of the horrors of the Great Depression.

There was another little party that year called the Texas Centennial Exposition, celebrating a hundred years since Texas got its freedom from Mexico. This exposition hosted six million visitors in the six months that it was held, also lifting the economy of Texas during the Great Depression years. I cannot say for sure which exposition this movie is trying to show, but the two towns feuding over their twin expositions are Texas towns, so as much as I'd like to think that nearby Cleveland inspired this movie, I'm pretty sure that the movie producer wanted us to think of the Texas Centennial Exposition when he made this film.

Mae Clarke, the actress who became famous for getting a half-grapefruit crushed in her face by James Cagney a few years earlier in his breakout movie ‘The Public Enemy’ is the leading actor in this dueling exposition adventure. She has been hired to publicize the exposition at one town, and her love interest Jimmy Maxwell, played by John Payne, is the publicity expert at the nearby exposition at the town a few miles away.

Mae Clarke’s character will deceive and trick Jimmy into friendship while she conspires to get a big New York City showgirl producer to bring his show to her exposition instead of to the nearby exposition that Jimmy is trying to produce. The sparks will fly as the plot unfolds and it doesn’t look like sparks of love as their deception and trickery escalates. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Charles King
Charles King
Charles Sullivan, Skeets Gallagher
Charles Sullivan, Skeets Gallagher
Clarence Wilson
Clarence Wilson
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn, John Payne
Franklin Pangborn, John Payne
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
George Irving
George Irving
George Irving, Franklin Pangborn
George Irving, Franklin Pangborn
George Irving, Mae Clarke
George Irving, Mae Clarke
George Irving, Mae Clarke
George Irving, Mae Clarke
George Irving
George Irving
Helen Lynd
Helen Lynd
Helen Lynd, Skeets Gallagher
Helen Lynd, Skeets Gallagher
Helen Lynd, Skeets Gallagher
Helen Lynd, Skeets Gallagher
Helen Lynd, Robert Middlemass
Helen Lynd, Robert Middlemass
William H. O'Brien, Luis Alberni
William H. O'Brien, Luis Alberni
Helen Lynd
Helen Lynd
Helen Lynd
Helen Lynd
Helen Lynd
Helen Lynd
John Payne
John Payne
John Payne, Franklin Pangborn
John Payne, Franklin Pangborn
John Payne, Mae Clarke
John Payne, Mae Clarke
John Payne, Skeets Gallagher
John Payne, Skeets Gallagher
John Payne
John Payne
John Payne
John Payne
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni, Mae Clarke
Luis Alberni, Mae Clarke
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke, George Irving
Mae Clarke, George Irving
Mae Clarke, Robert Middlemass
Mae Clarke, Robert Middlemass
Mae Clarke, George Irving
Mae Clarke, George Irving
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Robert Middlemass
Robert Middlemass
Robert Middlemass, Charles King
Robert Middlemass, Charles King
Robert Middlemass
Robert Middlemass
Skeets Gallagher
Skeets Gallagher
Skeets Gallagher, Jack Perry
Skeets Gallagher, Jack Perry
The Radio Rogues
The Radio Rogues
Val Stanton, Ernie Stanton
Val Stanton, Ernie Stanton
Val Stanton, Ernie Stanton
Val Stanton, Ernie Stanton
William H. O'Brien
William H. O'Brien