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We're Not Dressing (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 27 April 1934 (USA)
Yacht owner is stranded on island with her socialite friends, a wacky husband and wife research team, and a singing sailor.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Walton Hall Smith (based on stories by), Benjamin Glazer (based on stories by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Stephen Jones
Carole Lombard ... Doris Worthington
George Burns ... George
Gracie Allen ... Gracie
Ethel Merman ... Edith
Leon Errol ... Hubert
Ray Milland ... Prince Michael (credited, actually Prince Alexander) (as Raymond Milland)
Jay Henry Jay Henry ... Prince Alexander (credited, actually Prince Michael)
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Storyline

Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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You'll sing its songs and praises for weeks! (Print Ad- Ogdensburg Advance, ((Ogdensburg NY)) 6 May 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido ao Leme See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on "The Admirable Crichton" by the author of "Peter Pan" J.M. Barrie. See more »

Goofs

Right before the "Once in a Blue Moon" number, there is a long shot of Stephen holding Doris under the moon. His lips are moving in this brief shot as if he's singing to her, but there is no vocal on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Doris Worthington: I suppose that you're taking me to a fate worse than death?
Stephen Jones: How do you now it's worse than death? Have you ever died?
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Connections

Version of The Admirable Crichton (1968) See more »

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Billy Boy
(uncredited)
Traditional children's song
In the score when the bear is brought in
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Rough Seas, But It Comes Ashore Just Fine
19 November 2011 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

The first twenty minutes aboard a ship has little plot, just some passable musical numbers. When the ship goes down the movie picks up and starts to be quite funny. As another poster mentioned, it seems to be the blueprint for Lina Wertmuller's "Swept Away." However, it apparently has its own roots in something called "The Admirable Creighton". Carole Lombard is quite lively and animated here. You can see her acting roots in silent film. She uses her whole body to act. She carries the movie nicely. Bing Crosby is kind of stiff. He developed into a fine comedian, but here he is just a handsome singer. A young and quite pretty Ethel Merman and an older character actor named Leon Errol provide a good bit of the comedy. George Burns and Gracie Allen suddenly show up and basically do some delightful Burns and Allen routines. I grew up on their television series. I did notice that Burns was a lot grumpier and less forgiving of Allen's silliness than he would become 20 years later on television. There are a couple of bits that seem less funny in post-feminist days. Crosby slaps Lombard and she kisses him in return and at another point he seems to threaten her with rape and ties her up. These moments are just a part of the times and don't appear to reflect a misogynist attitude. I thought the best song was Crosby's 'Love thy Neighbor.' I think the film is a must for Lombard fans, Burns and Allen fans and fans of 30's screwball comedies. Others might not like it very much.


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