We're Rich Again (1934)

70-72 or 75 mins | Comedy | 13 July 1934

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writer:

Ray Harris

Cinematographer:

Nicholas Musuraca

Editor:

George Crone

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Arabella . RKO borrowed Billie Burke from M-G-M for this production. Marion Nixon and director William Seiter married in 1936. According to modern sources, Walter Plunkett, the head of RKO's costume department, worked on this film, and California socialite Nellie Wilson Baldwin played the role of "Mrs. ... More Less

The working title of this film was Arabella . RKO borrowed Billie Burke from M-G-M for this production. Marion Nixon and director William Seiter married in 1936. According to modern sources, Walter Plunkett, the head of RKO's costume department, worked on this film, and California socialite Nellie Wilson Baldwin played the role of "Mrs. Green." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Apr 34
p. 6.
Daily Variety
5 May 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
12 Jun 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Aug 34
p. 4.
HF
19 May 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 34
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 34
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Jun 34
p. 20.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Jun 34
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
26 May 34
p. 32.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Jun 34
p. 114, 118
New York Times
1 Sep 34
p. 16.
Variety
4 Sep 34
p. 29.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play And Let Who Will Be Clever by Alden Nash (Hollywood, 2 Feb 1934).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Señorita," words and music by Albert Hay Malotte.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Arabella
Release Date:
13 July 1934
Production Date:
26 April--mid May 1934
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 July 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4833
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-72 or 75
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Wilbur Page, a once prosperous Santa Barbara businessman, faces bankruptcy and a possible jail sentence three days before his daughter Carolyn's wedding to the rich Bookington "Bookie" Wells. Frantically dodging the summons server, the Pages are unprepared for the appearance of their country cousin, Arabella, a talkative "bumpkin" whose mottos are "be good sweet maid" and "let who will be clever." Within hours of her arrival, Arabella usurps Carolyn's lavish trousseau and flirts openly with Bookie, who finds her seeming innocence "charming." As she plays the chattering fool, Arabella convinces Carolyn's younger sister Victoria to elope with her quiet boyfriend, Erasmus "Erp" Rockwell Pennington, a champion swimmer and, as Arabella alone discovers, a wealthy heir. On the pretext of stopping the elopement, Arabella flies to Ensenada, Mexico with Bookie, returning not only with his heart, but with a tip about a potentially lucrative oil stock as well. Wise to the Pages' financial crisis, Arabella informs Wilbur about the stock, talking him into taking a $25,000 loan on his life insurance policy to buy shares. In the middle of the wedding, Bookie's ex-wife Charmion shows up, claiming that Bookie's Mexican divorce is illegal in California. In the ensuing chaos, bookworm Carolyn announces that she wants to leave for New York to write novels rather than marry, while Wilbur discovers that his apparently bad stock has suddenly turned to gold. Once Erp establishes that Bookie's divorce was legal, Arabella, having restored the Pages' fortune single-handedly, accepts Bookie's proposal and marries him on the ... +


Wilbur Page, a once prosperous Santa Barbara businessman, faces bankruptcy and a possible jail sentence three days before his daughter Carolyn's wedding to the rich Bookington "Bookie" Wells. Frantically dodging the summons server, the Pages are unprepared for the appearance of their country cousin, Arabella, a talkative "bumpkin" whose mottos are "be good sweet maid" and "let who will be clever." Within hours of her arrival, Arabella usurps Carolyn's lavish trousseau and flirts openly with Bookie, who finds her seeming innocence "charming." As she plays the chattering fool, Arabella convinces Carolyn's younger sister Victoria to elope with her quiet boyfriend, Erasmus "Erp" Rockwell Pennington, a champion swimmer and, as Arabella alone discovers, a wealthy heir. On the pretext of stopping the elopement, Arabella flies to Ensenada, Mexico with Bookie, returning not only with his heart, but with a tip about a potentially lucrative oil stock as well. Wise to the Pages' financial crisis, Arabella informs Wilbur about the stock, talking him into taking a $25,000 loan on his life insurance policy to buy shares. In the middle of the wedding, Bookie's ex-wife Charmion shows up, claiming that Bookie's Mexican divorce is illegal in California. In the ensuing chaos, bookworm Carolyn announces that she wants to leave for New York to write novels rather than marry, while Wilbur discovers that his apparently bad stock has suddenly turned to gold. Once Erp establishes that Bookie's divorce was legal, Arabella, having restored the Pages' fortune single-handedly, accepts Bookie's proposal and marries him on the spot. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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