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Hooray for Love (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 14 June 1935 (USA)
A young man with money falls for singer Pat Thatcher, and her con man father makes the most of it.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screen play), Ray Harris (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Patricia Thatcher
Gene Raymond ... Douglas Tyler
Bill Robinson ... Bill Robinson
Maria Gambarelli ... Maria Ganbarell
Thurston Hall ... Commodore Jason Thatcher
Pert Kelton ... Trixie Chummy
Georgia Caine ... Magenta P. 'The Countess' Schultz
Lionel Stander ... Chowsky
Etienne Girardot ... Judge Peterby
Fats Waller ... Fats Waller
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Jeni LeGon - the Ballerina (as Jeni LeGon)
Sam Hardy ... Mr. Ganz - aka Abbey
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Storyline

Young would-be producer Doug Tyler meets singer Pat Thatcher twice, and makes the wrong impression both times. But Pat's father, the Commodore, easily cons Doug into mortaging his ancestral home to invest in a show. When the producers abscond with Doug's money, the show must close before it opens, unless one of the three can come up with a miracle. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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BRIGHT STARS! GLAD GIRLS! GAY TUNES! See this gay show and shout: HOORAY FOR LOVE (Print ad- Border Cities Star, ((Windsor PO)) 13 June 1935) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hurrah ao Amor See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jeni Le Gon. See more »

Quotes

Pat: Oh, I hate the country. I'm afraid of the wildflowers.
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Soundtracks

I'm Livin' in a Great Big Way
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Bill Robinson, Jeni Le Gon' Fats Waller and The Cabin Kids
Danced to by Bill Robinson and Jeni Le Gon
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Fats and Bojangles
19 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A not very memorable score from Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields characterizes Hooray For Love. But Gene Raymond and Ann Sothern have every reason to believe the title. And where else will you get to see Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson dance and Fats Waller sing and play piano in the same number. That in itself is worth setting aside some time to see this.

But the real star of this film is Thurston Hall who usually plays stuffy establishment types in films and on television. But here he's a larcenous old conman who fleeces earnest young Gene Raymond who is trying to put on a show.

Raymond wants to put it on with Ann Sothern and Hall who sees that his daughter who is the only thing that really means anything to him makes some heavy sacrifices with society matron Georgia Caine. Over at Paramount WC Fields would have played this part to perfection.

I'm surprised at the number of people who don't know about Ann Sothern's theatrical background. Under her real name of Harriet Lake, Sothern was in any number of shows on Broadway, she in fact starred in one of Rodgers&Hart's musicals before coming to Hollywood. It was only in television that she seems to have given up the musical part of her performing persona.

Hooray For Love is an enjoyable piece of Thirties backstage fluff with the main features being Robinson and Waller and a different kind of role for Thurston Hall.


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