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Man About Town (1939)

Producer Bob Temple, who's brought an American show to London, loves his star Diana, but she won't take him seriously as a lover. To show her, he picks up stranger Lady Arlington, whose ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Zion Myers (story) (as Z. Myers), Morrie Ryskind (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Bob Temple
Dorothy Lamour ... Diana Wilson
Edward Arnold ... Sir John Arlington
Binnie Barnes ... Lady Arlington
Monty Woolley ... Henri Dubois
Isabel Jeans ... Mme. Dubois
Phil Harris ... Ted Nash
Betty Grable ... Susan Hayes
E.E. Clive ... Hotchkiss, Arlington's Butler
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)
Merriel Abbott Dancers Merriel Abbott Dancers ... The Merriel Abbott Dancers
Matty Malneck Matty Malneck ... Matty Malneck, Orchestra Leader (as Matty Malneck and His Orchestra)
Matty Malneck's Orchestra Matty Malneck's Orchestra ... Matty Malneck's Orchestra
The Pina Troupe The Pina Troupe ... The Pina Troupe
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Storyline

Producer Bob Temple, who's brought an American show to London, loves his star Diana, but she won't take him seriously as a lover. To show her, he picks up stranger Lady Arlington, whose financier husband neglects her. On a weekend at the Arlington country house, Bob is used by both Lady A. and her friend to make their husbands jealous; this works all too well, and Bob is in danger from both husbands. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En Pige paa hver Finger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview with Kay Linaker conducted in 2006, during the filming of "Man About Town", the government investigated Jack Benny because he unknowingly bought two bracelets from a jeweler that had been smuggled into the United States. During the investigation, Jack became so distraught that he had to halt filming his part for four days. Jack eventually had to be an exorbitant fine to the government even though he did not know the bracelets had been smuggled. See more »

Goofs

Susan's hair style changes just before she leaves the house party. See more »

Quotes

Bob Temple: Use a little imagination, Rochester. What would you order if you wanted to make an impression?
Rochester: How about fish and chips and a couple of bottles of gin?
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Soundtracks

LOVE IN BLOOM
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played on the violin by Jack Benny
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Weak comedy with forgettable songs.
19 December 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This is a pretty weak effort from Benny and the team. Jack and Rochester try but the material is so unfunny that they don't get very far. Rochester's two dance numbers are the highlights - and Benny's attempt at being a member of an acrobatic troupe is very funny. The rest is pretty dull with some bad casting (Edward Arnold as an English Lord?) and really bad musical numbers. Benny's show would never have made it to Hoboken, let alone London - the songs are just awful. No wonder there are only about twenty in the audience - I guess they were saving on extras. Dorothy Lamour looks bored, but Betty Grable provides a bit of life in a small but memorable role. Also good is E.E. Clive as a butler. And what a fizzer of an ending - it doesn't even make sense.


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