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Miss Pacific Fleet (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 14 December 1935 (USA)
Two broke ex-chorus girls in California hope to get back to Broadway by winning the "Miss Pacific Fleet" popularity contest.

Director:

Ray Enright

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Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story), Peter Milne (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Gloria Fay
Glenda Farrell ... Mae O'Brien
Hugh Herbert ... Mr. J. August Freytag
Allen Jenkins ... Bernard 'Kewpie' Wiggins
Warren Hull ... Sgt. Tom Foster
Eddie Acuff ... Clarence 'Dutch'
Marie Wilson ... Virginia 'Vergie' Matthews
Minna Gombell ... Sadie Freytag
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Nicholas 'Nick' - Annie's Boyfriend (as Guinn Williams)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Sailor (scenes deleted)
Nick Copeland Nick Copeland ... Mug (scenes deleted)
Paul Fix ... Sailor (scenes deleted)
Douglas Fowley ... Second (scenes deleted)
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Jackson (scenes deleted)
Tom Manning Tom Manning ... Judge Bradley (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Gloria Fay and Mae O'Brien, two ex-chorus girls, run a ring toss stand at an amusement park near a Naval port. When sailor "Kewpie" Wiggins comes ashore with the rest of the fleet, he clears the girls out with his preternatural skill for tossing ringers. A frame-up plot by the girls to get Kewpie out of their hair backfires and Gloria is sentenced to thirty days in jail. With Kewpie's help, Gloria is released and given six weeks to come up with her $100 fine, while the girls find themselves owing $60 in back rent and hard-up for cash. Leading businessman J. August Freytag and his Go-Getter Club run a "Miss Pacific Fleet" popularity contest, with votes awarded by vendors for every ten-cent purchase. Kewpie, middleweight champ of the fleet, is set to box for a prize of 5,000 votes for the girl of his choice, and suggests using the votes to help "his girl" Gloria win the contest, which would end the girls' money troubles and allow them to return to New York. Kewpie and the girls get to ... Written by Jimmy L.

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Taglines:

The "gimmie gals" two-time their way thru the U.S. Fleet! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I vasilissa tou stolou See more »

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Budget:

$202,798 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

By the insignia on his uniform, Kewpie is a Gunner's Mate First Class and has been in the Navy at least 12 years. Tom Foster is a Gunnery Sergeant and has been in the Marines at least 12 years. See more »

Goofs

Freytag brings what appears to be three books into the meeting at the beginning of the film. Later, it's revealed the "books" are actually a box with decanters and filled shot glasses. However, the way he carried the box into the room would have meant all the shot glasses would have been spilled. See more »

Quotes

Mae O'Brien: Oh, Gloria.
Gloria Fay: What kept you so long?
Mae O'Brien: Honest to Pete, I got here as soon as I could.
Gloria Fay: What'd you do? Race a snail over?
Mae O'Brien: How was the judge to you?
Gloria Fay: Swell. He treated me like a robbed a gas station.
Mae O'Brien: What'd he book you for?
Gloria Fay: Conspiracy. What'd you think, manslaughter?
Mae O'Brien: What'd he give you?
Gloria Fay: 30 days in jail or a 100 dollar fine.
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I'll Pin Another Petal on the Daisy
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Music by Sammy Fain
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Miss Blondell & Miss Farrell Are At It Again
26 May 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Two smart gals stuck in California scheme to win the title of MISS PACIFIC FLEET and its prize money which will finance their way back to New York.

This was the sort of ephemeral comic frippery which the studios produced almost effortlessly during the 1930's. Well made & highly enjoyable, Depression audiences couldn't seem to get enough of these popular, funny photo dramas.

Joan Blondell & Glenda Farrell are perfectly cast as the girls who will try almost anything to grab the needed greenbacks. Although Joan gets both top billing and the romantic scenes, both ladies are as talented & watchable as they are gorgeous.

Whimsical, wacky Hugh Herbert appears as an eccentric business promoter, constantly on the run from his shrew of a wife. Utterly hilarious, he adds greatly to the enjoyment of the film. Behind him comes a small parade of character performers - Allen Jenkins, Marie Wilson, Minna Gombell & Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams - adept at making viewers smile.

Handsome Warren Hull plays Blondell's Marine boyfriend. Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Mabel Colcord as Jenkins' landlady.

While never stars of the first rank, Joan Blondell (1906-1979) & Glenda Farrell (1904-1971) enlivened scores of films at Warner Bros. throughout the 1930's, especially the eight in which they appeared together. Whether playing gold diggers or working girls, reporters or secretaries, these blonde & brassy ladies were very nearly always a match for whatever leading man was lucky enough to share equal billing alongside them. With a wisecrack or a knowing glance, their characters showed they were ready to take on the world - and any man in it. Never as wickedly brazen as Paramount's Mae West, you always had the feeling that, tough as they were, Blondell & Farrell used their toughness to defend vulnerable hearts ready to break over the right guy. While many performances from seven decades ago can look campy or contrived today, these two lovely ladies are still spirited & sassy.


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