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Fifty Roads to Town (1937)

A man hides out in the country to avoid testifying in his friends' divorce. A girl who he thinks is a process server thinks he's a gangster. So do the sheriff and his men.

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Norman Taurog

Writers:

William M. Conselman (screenplay) (as William Conselman), George Marion Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Peter Nostrand
Ann Sothern ... Millicent Kendall
Slim Summerville ... Ed Henry
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Henry
John Qualen ... Sheriff Dow
Douglas Fowley ... Dutch Nelson
Allan Lane ... Leroy Smedley
Alan Dinehart ... Jerome Kendall
Stepin Fetchit ... Percy
Paul Hurst ... Tom
Spencer Charters ... George Hession
DeWitt Jennings ... Captain Galloway
Bradley Page ... Pinelli
Oscar Apfel ... Smorgen
John Hamilton ... Captain Carroll
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A man hides out in the country to avoid testifying in his friends' divorce. A girl who he thinks is a process server thinks he's a gangster. So do the sheriff and his men.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifty Races to Town See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Never in a Million Years
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Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Revel
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A most enjoyable rom-com.
28 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Fifty Roads to Town" is an excellent movie and much of it has to do with the writing and very original story.

Peter (Don Ameche) is on the run. No, he's done nothing wrong but he is avoiding process servers because he has no desire to be brought into the middle of a divorce case, as the husband and wife are his friends. So, he's hiding out in the middle of no where in the mountains during the off season. To the deserted motel arrives Millicent (Ann Sothern) and Peter assumes, incorrectly, that she is trying to serve him with a summons to court. At the same time, she comes to believe that he's a gangster!! Can it get crazier...yup. Soon a real gangster arrives in the area...a desperate character who has escaped from prison! How can these three all work together to make a nice rom-com? See the film.

Ameche and Sothern are wonderful here. The writing is spot on as well. The only negative is having Stepin Fetchit in the movie. He is only a bit player but seeing and hearing his awful racial routine is enough to give many an apoplexy. My advice...try to look past this awful product of the times and appreciate the other 95% of the film...it's worth your time.


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