Bachelor Bait (1934)

74-75 or 80 mins | Comedy | 27 July 1934

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Great American Harem . Bachelor Bait was the first feature that George Stevens made for RKO. In a Feb 1934 FD news item, Ginger Rogers and William Gargan were announced as the stars of the picture, and William Seiter was listed as director. Chick Chandler and Edgar Kennedy were included as cast members in MPH 's "In the Cutting Room," but their participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Great American Harem . Bachelor Bait was the first feature that George Stevens made for RKO. In a Feb 1934 FD news item, Ginger Rogers and William Gargan were announced as the stars of the picture, and William Seiter was listed as director. Chick Chandler and Edgar Kennedy were included as cast members in MPH 's "In the Cutting Room," but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 May 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
5 Jun 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Feb 34
p. 2.
Film Daily
20 Jul 34
p. 6.
HF
5 May 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 34
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
15 May 34
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 34
p. 3.
International Photographer
Jun 34
p. 20.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jun 34
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Jun 34
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jun 34
p. 78.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Aug 34
p. 74.
Variety
25 Dec 34
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Great American Harem
Release Date:
27 July 1934
Production Date:
4 May--mid May 1934
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 July 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4874
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74-75 or 80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
52
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After William Watts is fired from his job as a clerk in the city marriage bureau, he is encouraged by his loving neighbor, Cynthia Douglas, to start his own "matrimonial" business by advertising his matchmaking skills in the newspaper. Flooded with responses, William's business soon blossoms into a prosperous enterprise, which is aided by the legal expertise of sometime taxicab driver Bramwell Van Dusen. William's ability at matchmaking attracts the attention of "Big" Barney Nolan, the crooked president of the Civil Betterment Bureau, who tries unsuccessfully to buy out the company. While a frustrated Nolan orders Clem, the district attorney, to "investigate" William, Van Dusen's ex-wife, Allie Summers, threatens to expose their divorce to the straightlaced William unless she is introduced to a millionaire Oklahoma bachelor named Don Beldon. Although William decides that Cynthia, who is now working as his receptionist, should be the "unsullied" match for Don, Allie forces herself on the innocent oilman. To divert Allie, William tricks her into taking an overnight boat cruise with him, and consequently, Cynthia, believing that William is Allie's lover, agrees to marry Don. After Allie accuses Don of seducing her during a drunken date, however, William insists that Don marry Allie instead of Cynthia. Don then reveals that his real name is Diker and telephones the district attorney to tell him of the apparent fraud. Unaware that the police are raiding his business, a disillusioned William goes to see Nolan with an offer to sell. Nolan, also uninformed, hands William a $25,000 check, only to learn later that his purchase is worthless. With the office in ruins, Van Dusen asks Allie to ... +


After William Watts is fired from his job as a clerk in the city marriage bureau, he is encouraged by his loving neighbor, Cynthia Douglas, to start his own "matrimonial" business by advertising his matchmaking skills in the newspaper. Flooded with responses, William's business soon blossoms into a prosperous enterprise, which is aided by the legal expertise of sometime taxicab driver Bramwell Van Dusen. William's ability at matchmaking attracts the attention of "Big" Barney Nolan, the crooked president of the Civil Betterment Bureau, who tries unsuccessfully to buy out the company. While a frustrated Nolan orders Clem, the district attorney, to "investigate" William, Van Dusen's ex-wife, Allie Summers, threatens to expose their divorce to the straightlaced William unless she is introduced to a millionaire Oklahoma bachelor named Don Beldon. Although William decides that Cynthia, who is now working as his receptionist, should be the "unsullied" match for Don, Allie forces herself on the innocent oilman. To divert Allie, William tricks her into taking an overnight boat cruise with him, and consequently, Cynthia, believing that William is Allie's lover, agrees to marry Don. After Allie accuses Don of seducing her during a drunken date, however, William insists that Don marry Allie instead of Cynthia. Don then reveals that his real name is Diker and telephones the district attorney to tell him of the apparent fraud. Unaware that the police are raiding his business, a disillusioned William goes to see Nolan with an offer to sell. Nolan, also uninformed, hands William a $25,000 check, only to learn later that his purchase is worthless. With the office in ruins, Van Dusen asks Allie to remarry him, and William finally proposes to Cynthia. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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