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Goin' to Town (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 25 April 1935 (USA)
Former dance hall queen Cleo Borden, newly rich, falls for and pursues an upper-crust Englishman.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Marion Morgan (story), George B. Dowell (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mae West ... Cleo Borden
Paul Cavanagh ... Edward Carrington
Gilbert Emery ... Winslow
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Crane Brittony
Tito Coral ... Taho
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ivan Valadov
Fred Kohler ... Buck Gonzales
Monroe Owsley ... Fletcher Colton
Grant Withers ... Young Stud
Luis Alberni ... Sr. Vitola
Lucio Villegas Lucio Villegas ... Señor Ricardo Lopez
Mona Rico ... Dolores Lopez
Wade Boteler ... Ranch foreman
Paul Harvey ... Donovan
Joe Frye Joe Frye ... Laughing Eagle (jockey)
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Storyline

When her fiancée Buck Gonzales is killed, dance hall queen Cleo Borden inherits his wealth. Included are oil wells supervised by British engineer Carrington, whom Cleo sets out to win by becoming a "lady." She races her horse in Buenos Aires, gains social position by loveless marriage to bankrupt Colton, and even sings in an opera. But when she meets Carrington again, he's become the Earl of Stratton... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How Am I Doin'? See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much is made of the exact date of Cleo's party - August 17 - which happens to be Mae West's birthday. See more »

Goofs

On race day in Buenos Aires, some shots show the infield as puddled from rain to varying degrees with the track showing the effects of a recent downpoor, while other shots show both relatively dry. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Valadov: My darling, my sweet, my lovely one!
Cleo Borden: Never mind that. I got all the earl I want.
Ivan Valadov: Darling, I just found out that it's you I'm in love with. You are the only one for me, after all.
Cleo Borden: After all what?
Ivan Valadov: Oh, darling, I must have you! I love you! I love you! I must have you!. Marry me!
Cleo Borden: Listen, I-van, you're all right to play around with, but as a husband you'll get in my hair.
Ivan Valadov: But, darling...!
Cleo Borden: Besides, we're intellectual opposites.
Ivan Valadov: What do you mean?
Cleo Borden: Well, I'm intellectual and you're opposite.
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

NOW I'M A LADY
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal and Sam Coslow
Sung by Mae West
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"I'm A Good Woman For A Bad Man"
6 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Going' To Town Mae West enacts her own version of the Horatio Alger story. She rises from dance hall queen, to millionaire, to high society, and finally to a title. Mae starts this rise by being a 'good woman to a bad man'.

The bad man is Fred Kohler who mixed cattle rustling with a lot of legitimate money and pays the ultimate price. He leaves everything to his fiancé Mae West. It's the beginning of her rise.

All the time she's got her eye fixed on Englishman Paul Cavanaugh who she knows as the engineer drilling for oil on Kohler's and now her property. She doesn't know at first he's an heir to a title, but she finds out soon enough.

Mae really comes into her own in this film. In previous films she had George Raft and Cary Grant twice as leading men. Going' To Town is a film she carries all by herself.

Cavanaugh is the film's weakness. Not a strong enough personality to be a lead, one can't figure out why Mae's so set on him. Someone like Leslie Howard would have really given that part some character. And what a team that would have been.

Still this film is all Mae West. And that's all you need.


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