5.9/10
124
5 user

Mama Steps Out (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 5 February 1937 (USA)
Madcap comedy depicts a rich housewife dragging her family to France to absorb culture.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

John Alexander Kirkpatrick (play) (as John Kirkpatrick), Anita Loos
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Kibbee ... Leonard 'Len' Cuppy
Alice Brady ... Ada Cuppy
Betty Furness ... Leila Cuppy
Dennis Morgan ... Chuck Thompson (as Stanley Morner)
Gene Lockhart ... Mr. Sims
Edward Norris ... Ferdie Fisher - the Bandleader
Gregory Gaye ... Dmitri 'Didi' Shekoladnikoff, the Pianist
Ivan Lebedeff ... Coco Duval - the Painter
Heather Thatcher ... Nadine Wentworth - the Poet
Frank Puglia ... Robert Dalderder - the Priest
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Jeanne - the Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Malatesta ... French Guard (scenes deleted)
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A small town electrician becomes a hit singer in New York and gets involved with a gold digger, a thief, an opera singer and the woman he loves.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Kenny Baker, Frank McHugh, Alice Brady
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Newspaper photographer Jim Tyler sneaks into a society girl's wedding, and the bride's sister (mad-cap heiress Sheila Hunter) decides she prefers him to her upper-crust suitors. She even ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Betty Furness, Gordon Jones, E.E. Clive
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Russ Matthews, a theatrical agent who is not above pulling off a hoax or two or more to further the career of his clients (and himself), and a newspaper gossip-columnist, Carol Wilson, get ... See full summary »

Director: Hamilton MacFadden
Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Betty Furness, Robert Armstrong
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Mrs. Emma Foster of Fosterboro, Ohio loves to enter contests - which she never wins - the time she spends on which is much to the chagrin of her exasperated husband, barber Otis Foster. It ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Anne Shirley
Call It a Day (1937)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The first day of spring has a profound affect on the Hilton family. The father, an accountant, finds himself unable to work, and when he tries to work, he is wooed by an actress whose taxes... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ian Hunter, Anita Louise
Joy of Living (1938)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Alice Brady
The Mob (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ex-King Alfred VII is a young, handsome, and charming erstwhile monarch who once ruled a nation of two million people. Now all he has left are his Count Humbert and Duchess Anna, along with... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Fernand Gravey, Joan Blondell, Edward Everett Horton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When the oldest daughter decides to stay in South America while on a school tour, her father decides to take the rest of the family there for vacation to find out why.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Clifton Webb, Jane Wyman, Jill St. John
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After being visited by an old friend, a woman recalls her true love, the man she met and lost years ago.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, Kent Smith
Certificate: Passed Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three young men, with a common fondness for football, become roommates the at United States Naval Academy where they experience its rules and traditions.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Robert Young, James Stewart, Florence Rice
Certificate: Passed Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Idle San Franciscan (Dean Jagger, billed as Jeffrey Dean) falls overboard and is rescued by Italian fishermen. He gets involved with family, including aspiring opera singer (Margaret ... See full summary »

Director: Errol Taggart
Stars: Margaret Lindsay, Dean Jagger, J. Carrol Naish
Edit

Storyline

Madcap comedy depicts a rich housewife dragging her family to France to absorb culture.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 18 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Omaha 11 September 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), in Chicago 4 October 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Norfolk VA 11 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Fresno CA 12 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Honolulu 11 February 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 26 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Cincinnati 25 March 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), and in Spokane 9 July 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6). It finally found its way to San Francisco 20 January 1960 on KGO (Channel 7) & to New York City 19 August 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Soundtracks

Burnt Fingers
Music and Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Sung by Dennis Morgan and The Three Dots
Played on piano by Betty Furness
See more »

User Reviews

 
A reworking of "Dodsworth" without the edge.
7 July 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

reworking of "Dodsworth" but with comedy and less impact once again, a flighty woman wants to be accepted by the smart set in Europe

One of the very best (and underrated) films of the 1930s was "Dodsworth". It was a sad tale written by Sinclair Lewis in 1929 about an industrialist who has sold his company and did what his wife always wanted--move the family to Europe to soak up the culture. Unfortunately, instead of bringing the family together, this trip ended up exposing the truth about the marriage--that Mrs. Dodsworth was a selfish and shallow jerk. "Mama Steps Out" is a very, very similar story and is based on a play that debuted in 1930 and was filmed here in 1937 (a year after "Dodsworth"). The plot is essentially the same in many ways but instead of a drama, the film is played for laughs--and thereby loses so much of the impact of "Dodsworth". Now this doesn't mean it's a bad film but it's as if this reworking of the plot only produced a much more shallow and forgettable film.

Ada (Alice Brady) is sad because so far during their European trip, they've met no one and she desperately wants to fit into society. So, she instructs her boob of a husband, Len (Guy Kibbee) to bring home interesting people--with little success. Ultimately, Ada finds a bunch of folks--folks who are phonies and leeches. Not surprisingly, Len soon gets sick of them and throws the out--announcing that they're going home to America. Ada vows to stay in Europe. What's next?

If I had never heard of "Dodsworth", I would have probably enjoyed "Mama Steps Out" much more. But the problem is that "Dodsworth" is such a great story that the other can't help but seem like a very pale imitation. The edge and depth of "Dodsworth" is missing and instead "Mama Steps Out" is a light comedy--and loses much of the social commentary and depth in the process. It also provides a kooky ending--one that is rather bland. Now I am NOT saying "Mama Steps Out" is bad--it is still a nice and inoffensive time-passer.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burnt Fingers See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed