Times Square Playboy (1936)

60 or 62 mins | Comedy-drama | 9 May 1936

Director:

William McGann

Writer:

Roy Chanslor

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in FD , June Travis replaced Anita Louise in the role of Beth. Working titles were Broadway Playboy and The Gentleman from Big Bend . Craig Reynolds was listed as Joe Reynolds on screen, but called Joe Roberts throughout the film. Gene and Kathleen Lockhart, who played the Bancrofts, were married in real life. This film is a remake of Warner's 1928 talking film The Hometowners , which used the Vitaphone process. It was directed by Bryan Foy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2562). Warners Bros. used the George M. Cohan play again as the source for their 1940 film Ladies Must Live , starring Wayne Morris, Rosemary Lane and Roscoe Karns and directed by Noel Smith (see ... More Less

According to a news item in FD , June Travis replaced Anita Louise in the role of Beth. Working titles were Broadway Playboy and The Gentleman from Big Bend . Craig Reynolds was listed as Joe Reynolds on screen, but called Joe Roberts throughout the film. Gene and Kathleen Lockhart, who played the Bancrofts, were married in real life. This film is a remake of Warner's 1928 talking film The Hometowners , which used the Vitaphone process. It was directed by Bryan Foy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2562). Warners Bros. used the George M. Cohan play again as the source for their 1940 film Ladies Must Live , starring Wayne Morris, Rosemary Lane and Roscoe Karns and directed by Noel Smith (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Jan 36
p. 12.
Film Daily
1 May 36
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 36
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Mar 36
p. 10
Motion Picture Herald
15 Feb 36
p. 29.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Mar 36
pp. 40-41.
New York Times
2 May 36
p. 11.
Variety
6 May 36
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Supv
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Hometowners by George M. Cohan (New York, 23 Aug 1926).
SONGS
"Looking for Trouble," music and lyrics by M. K. Jerome and Joan Jasmyn.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Gentleman from Big Bend
Broadway Playboy
Release Date:
9 May 1936
Production Date:
began mid January 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 April 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6271
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 62
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2023
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When New York stockbroker Vic Arnold becomes engaged to Beth Calhoun, he immediately invites his childhood friend from Big Bend, Indiana, P. H. Ben Bancroft, also known as Pighead, to be his best man. Vic can hardly wait to show off his fiancée and her family, but Ben is not impressed. He is convinced that the entire Calhoun family, Beth, brother Wally and their parents, are only interested in Vic's money. At first, Vic is puzzled by Ben's opinion, but when Ben accuses Beth, who is much younger than Vic, of keeping her former boyfriend, football player Joe Roberts, in the background, Vic angrily throws him out. Ben's wife Lottie is furious when she learns what happened and tries to make peace, but the rift is strengthened after the Calhouns visit the Bancrofts, only to be insulted by closed-minded Ben. Vic finally has to knock Ben out in order to force him to listen to the truth about the Calhouns, who are wealthy in their own right, and their talented children. Much damage has been done, however. Beth refuses to have Ben as best man, and Vic begins to believe that she really does still love Joe. Lottie convinces Ben that he is responsible for destroying his best friend's life, and finally contrite, he tricks the Calhouns into coming to Vic's apartment, where he patches things up between Vic and Beth and apologizes to ... +


When New York stockbroker Vic Arnold becomes engaged to Beth Calhoun, he immediately invites his childhood friend from Big Bend, Indiana, P. H. Ben Bancroft, also known as Pighead, to be his best man. Vic can hardly wait to show off his fiancée and her family, but Ben is not impressed. He is convinced that the entire Calhoun family, Beth, brother Wally and their parents, are only interested in Vic's money. At first, Vic is puzzled by Ben's opinion, but when Ben accuses Beth, who is much younger than Vic, of keeping her former boyfriend, football player Joe Roberts, in the background, Vic angrily throws him out. Ben's wife Lottie is furious when she learns what happened and tries to make peace, but the rift is strengthened after the Calhouns visit the Bancrofts, only to be insulted by closed-minded Ben. Vic finally has to knock Ben out in order to force him to listen to the truth about the Calhouns, who are wealthy in their own right, and their talented children. Much damage has been done, however. Beth refuses to have Ben as best man, and Vic begins to believe that she really does still love Joe. Lottie convinces Ben that he is responsible for destroying his best friend's life, and finally contrite, he tricks the Calhouns into coming to Vic's apartment, where he patches things up between Vic and Beth and apologizes to everyone. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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