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Artists & Models (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 13 August 1937 (USA)
Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Benny ... Mac Brewster
Ida Lupino ... Paula Sewell / Paula Monterey
Richard Arlen ... Alan Townsend
Gail Patrick ... Cynthia Wentworth
Ben Blue ... Jupiter Pluvius
Judy Canova ... Toots
Charles Adler Charles Adler ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
James V. Kern James V. Kern ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
George Kelly George Kelly ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
Billy Mann Billy Mann ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
Cecil Cunningham ... Stella
Donald Meek ... Dr. Zimmer
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Townsend
Anne Canova Anne Canova ... Specialty (as Canova Family)
Martha Raye ... Specialty
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Storyline

Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an amateur from high society rather than a professional model to become "the Townsend Girl." Upset that she was passed over sight-unseen as a professional, Brewster's top model (Lupino) goes to Miami with plans to bump into Townsend and pass as a society debutante. Written by LJ Copley

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved
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Trivia

During the Artists and Models Ball scene, a number of actual artists and cartoonists are briefly shown drawing Sandra Storme for charity, and the works are actually theirs. These artists include Peter Arno, McClelland Barclay, Arthur William Brown, John LaGatta, Russell Patterson, and Rube Goldberg. Goldberg is best known for the crazy mechanical contraptions he would create for cartoons, now known as "Rube Goldbergs." (The popular children's game game Mouse Trap was based on a Goldberg cartoon.) Sondra Storme was the top paid model in Great Britain at the time. See more »

Alternate Versions

A sequence showing Louis Armstrong and Martha Raye performing together was ordered removed by some southern US distributors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Musicale (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop You're Breaking My Heart
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Music by Burton Lane
Sung and danced by Judy Canova and Ben Blue
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Artists & Models was quite a hodge podge of musical numbers with some nice comedy from Jack Benny
10 February 2019 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Okay, let me address the "Public Melody No. 1" number: As staged by Vincente Minnelli (this being his first film assignment), it's quite an energetic dance sequence with fine trumpet playing and singing by Louis Armstrong and great singing and dancing by Martha Raye. Now if she had real dark burnt cork with white lips, I'd have a real problem with her makeup but since she looks authentic as an African-American woman, I give this one a pass. As for the rest of the movie, well, Jack Benny is fine being mostly deadpan especially when a clip of his radio show with Don Wilson announcing has his character in the movie commenting on it! Judy Canova is an acquired taste but I mostly enjoyed her hillbilly characterization. That Connee Boswell number was wonderful and deserved an Oscar nomination but why was she not lit brightly? Ben Blue was funny whether performing with Ms. Canova or with some stringed puppets playing instruments. Young Ida Lupino was quite a beauty back then, wasn't she? I think I've said enough so on that note, I say give Artists & Models a look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artistas e Modelos See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

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1.37 : 1
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