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Boy Meets Girl (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 27 August 1938 (USA)
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Two screenwriters in a rut come up with a story idea starring a bankable cowboy and the baby of the studio's waitress.

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Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Bella Spewack (from the stage play by), Sam Spewack (from the stage play by) (as Samuel Spewack) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Robert Law
Pat O'Brien ... J.C. Benson
Marie Wilson ... Susie Seabrook
Ralph Bellamy ... C. Elliott Friday
Frank McHugh ... Rossetti
Dick Foran ... Larry Toms
Bruce Lester ... Rodney Bowman
Ronald Reagan ... Announcer
Paul Clark Paul Clark ... Happy
Penny Singleton ... Peggy
Dennie Moore ... Miss Crews
Harry Seymour Harry Seymour ... Song Writer
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Song Writer
James Stephenson ... Major Thompson
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Storyline

Two screenwriters in a rut come up with a story idea starring a bankable cowboy and the baby of the studio's waitress. Written by David Steele

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy Meets Girl See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Toms' (Dick Foran's) car is a 1938 Buick 4-door convertible. See more »

Goofs

Although the script repeatedly tells us that Susie (Marie Wilson) is in the advanced stages of pregnancy, her waistline remains trim right up to the time she is taken away to the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Susan 'Susie' Seabrook: You won't drink too much in Vermont, will you Mr. Law?
Robert Law: Only the heady wine air that has no dregs.
Mrs. Susan 'Susie' Seabrook: 'Cause you're crazy enough without drinking.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on pages of a script, with someone flipping the pages. See more »

Connections

References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

With a Pain in My Heart (and My Heart on My Sleeve)
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on piano by Harry Seymour and sung by Bert Hanlon
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Too bad it doesn't live up to its simple title...
31 January 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Madcap screwball comedy doesn't get any madder than BOY MEETS GIRL which has JAMES CAGNEY and PAT O'BRIEN as two oddball screenwriters who play their annoying characters to the hilt. DICK FORAN plays an actor looking for a good story (lots of luck), claiming he gets fan mail from a lot of people who can't even write! FRANK McHUGH, RALPH BELLAMY and MARIE Wilson fill out the Warner contract players cast, all of them doing their usual schtick but with less funny results than usual. The script is nothing more than a fable about a Hollywood that never existed except as a playground for madness on a grand scale with all of the fast talking players caught up in an impossibly silly script about the search for a "new" story for Foran.

Not much can be said for Cagney and O'Brien--the ham is really overdone--and even RALPH BELLAMY overdoes the role of the studio head who has three films in production and doesn't know what's going on.

If you can stay with it through the first half-hour, this is your kind of screwball comedy. As for me, I had to tune out before it was over.

Trivia note: A bright moment has Bellamy declaring: "Do you boys know you're making more money than the president of the United States?"


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