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Josette (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 3 June 1938 (USA)
Two young men try to wrest their father from the clutches of a gold digger but by mistake think the woman is a young nightclub singer with whom they both fall in love.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

James Edward Grant (screenplay), Paul Frank (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... David Brassard Jr.
Simone Simon ... Renee Le Blanc
Robert Young ... Pierre Brassard
Joan Davis ... May Morris
Bert Lahr ... Barney Barnaby
Paul Hurst ... A. Adolphus Heyman
William Collier Sr. ... David Brassard Sr.
Tala Birell ... Mlle. Josette
Lynn Bari ... Mrs. Elaine Dupree
William Demarest ... Bill
Ruth Gillette ... Belle
Armand Kaliz ... Thomas
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Furrier
George Reed ... Butler
Paul McVey ... Hotel Manager
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Storyline

An elderly statesman marries a gold-digger and his two sons try to get him out of her clutches, but they have never met her and through a mistake they assume her to be a young nightclub singer. They both fall in love with her. Complications arise. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Voila! It's the oo-la-laughingest escapade in the History of Love! Gayer than a Mardi Gras . . . and merry with Gordon and Revel's latest songs ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Josette et compagnie See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In June 1938, this film was shown on a double feature with Gangs of New York (1938). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Time Out for Murder (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

In Any Language It's Love
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Revel
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Goldigger
24 January 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Josette, the sophisticated singer has attracted the attention of David Brassard senior. His two sons vow to get him away from the clutches of this woman who threatens to waste their father's fortune. In order to do so, they decide to go to the Silver Moon night club seeking to talk to Josette, not realizing the older Brassard has gone after the chanteuse to New York.

Meanwhile, back at the cabaret, Barney Barnaby, its owner, finds himself in a mess trying to replace the headliner without much luck. Never fear, May Morris, a minor performer, suggests he hires the sweet Renee, a choir singer, to impersonate the absent Josette. It's at this moment when the younger Brassards, David and Pierre, decide to have it out with the singer, but in fact neither brother knows about the real identity of the fake Josette.

As it turns out, Pierre, falls heads over heels for Renee. In fact, Renee has a mind of her own and sees the quality in the more grounded brother, David, who in turn falls in love with the sweet young woman, not before having to fight for her with his own brother.

"Josette", directed by Alan Dawn, is a seldom shown movie from the late 1930s that has a lot going for it thanks to the wonderful cast. This was one of the few films in which French star Michelle Simon appeared in American pictures. She was a charismatic presence who holds her own opposite of two great comedians of the time, Don Ameche and Robert Young. The result is a delightful comedy that is worth a look because of the talented cast that was assembled. Also, in minor roles, a wonderful Bert Lahr, the amazing Joan Davis, William Demarest and William Collier, among others.


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