Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934)

68 mins | Comedy | 2 February 1934

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HISTORY

According to pre-production news item in FD , Ginger Rogers was to appear in this production, and Thelma White was to have a featured role. White's participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In Jul 1934, the Catholic Church in Detroit included the film on its list of to-be-boycotted pictures, according to a HR news ... More Less

According to pre-production news item in FD , Ginger Rogers was to appear in this production, and Thelma White was to have a featured role. White's participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In Jul 1934, the Catholic Church in Detroit included the film on its list of to-be-boycotted pictures, according to a HR news item. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
1 Feb 33
p. 8.
Film Daily
7 Sep 33
p. 6.
Film Daily
24 Jan 34
p. 6.
HF
11 Nov 33
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 34
p. 5.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Jan 34
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Jan 34
p. 40.
New York Times
24 Feb 34
p. 18.
Variety
27 Feb 34
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Sd cutter
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Keep Romance Alive," "Keep on Doin' What You're Doin' to Me" and "Tired of It All," music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 February 1934
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
2 February 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4495
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

To prevent pretty Daisy Maxwell from losing her job as a salesclerk at the Maiden America Beauty Products Company, street vendors Andy Williams and Dr. Bob Dudley offer to hawk her products along with their own line of flavored lipsticks. Impressed by Dudley's outrageous boasting, Daisy informs her boss, Miss Frisby, about the two men and encourages her to consider joining forces with them. To assure the deal, the penniless Andy and Dudley invite Miss Frisby and Daisy to a lavish office suite, which they have secured by telling its occupant, Mr. Clark, that his house is on fire. As hoped, Miss Frisby, whose own business is on the verge of bankruptcy due to the crooked machinations of her manager, Armand Beauchamp, agrees to make Dudley and Andy her partners. Before the lively meeting has concluded, however, a furious Clark returns to his ramshackled office and is locked in a closet by Dudley and Andy, who then flee with the women. Soon after their escape, detectives Epstein and Sweeney show up at Maiden America and question Beauchamp about two lipstick salesmen who they claim stole a bag of securities from Clark's office. Although Beauchamp remains silent, Andy and Dudley discover that in the confusion at Clark's office, they accidentally mistook Clark's black bag for their own lipstick bag. Before the duo can return the securities, however, they are stolen. Followed everywhere by the determined Epstein and Sweeney, including a backstreet pool hall, Andy and Dudley finally decide to hitchhike across country. In Kansas, the duo meets up with a promotional cross-country automobile race, which Miss Frisby and her chief competitor, Madame ... +


To prevent pretty Daisy Maxwell from losing her job as a salesclerk at the Maiden America Beauty Products Company, street vendors Andy Williams and Dr. Bob Dudley offer to hawk her products along with their own line of flavored lipsticks. Impressed by Dudley's outrageous boasting, Daisy informs her boss, Miss Frisby, about the two men and encourages her to consider joining forces with them. To assure the deal, the penniless Andy and Dudley invite Miss Frisby and Daisy to a lavish office suite, which they have secured by telling its occupant, Mr. Clark, that his house is on fire. As hoped, Miss Frisby, whose own business is on the verge of bankruptcy due to the crooked machinations of her manager, Armand Beauchamp, agrees to make Dudley and Andy her partners. Before the lively meeting has concluded, however, a furious Clark returns to his ramshackled office and is locked in a closet by Dudley and Andy, who then flee with the women. Soon after their escape, detectives Epstein and Sweeney show up at Maiden America and question Beauchamp about two lipstick salesmen who they claim stole a bag of securities from Clark's office. Although Beauchamp remains silent, Andy and Dudley discover that in the confusion at Clark's office, they accidentally mistook Clark's black bag for their own lipstick bag. Before the duo can return the securities, however, they are stolen. Followed everywhere by the determined Epstein and Sweeney, including a backstreet pool hall, Andy and Dudley finally decide to hitchhike across country. In Kansas, the duo meets up with a promotional cross-country automobile race, which Miss Frisby and her chief competitor, Madame Irene, have entered. Unknown to Miss Frisby, Beauchamp, who is on Irene's payroll, has paid the drivers to abandon their car just as Andy and Dudley arrive. Still pursued by Epstein and Sweeney, Andy and Dudley eventually stumble onto the empty racecar and join the competition. After a rollicking journey over the Rocky Mountains, Dudley and Andy storm past Irene's car and win the race. At the finish line, where they are greeted with kisses from Daisy and Miss Frisby, Dudley and Andy learn that Beauchamp has confessed to stealing the securities. Years later, Miss Frisby and Dudley, and Daisy and Andy enjoy a somewhat calmer automobile ride with their two toddler sons. +

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