Smartest Girl in Town (1936)

58 mins | Comedy | 27 November 1936

Director:

Joseph Santley

Producer:

Edward Kaufman

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Jack Hively

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Million Dollar Profile ... More Less

The working title of this film was Million Dollar Profile . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Oct 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Nov 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 36
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Oct 36
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
24 Oct 36
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Sep 36
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Nov 36
p. 56.
Variety
25 Nov 36
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
SOURCES
SONGS
"Will You," words and music by Gene Raymond.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Million Dollar Profile
Release Date:
27 November 1936
Premiere Information:
Brooklyn (New York) opening: 20 November 1936
Production Date:
late August--18 September 1936
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
27 November 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6758
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2576
SYNOPSIS

Frances "Cookie" Cooke, a fashion model who has sworn to herself and to her sister Gwen to "marry rich," mistakes millionaire playboy Richard "Dick" Smith for a male model when he appears unexpectedly at his yacht, which has been surreptitiously rented out for a photo session by his valet, Philbean. Taken with the coy Cookie, Dick pretends to be the model, confident that he can win her heart without revealing his wealthy status. Cookie, however, rejects his initial overtures, assuming that as a model, his earning power is limited. Instead she dates Baron Enrico Torene, a rich, bird-crazy Italian, who, while devoted to Cookie, moves with the romantic speed of a turkey. To outdo his rival, a resourceful Dick coerces Philbean into posing as the president of an advertising agency, which offers Cookie modeling jobs that pair her with Dick. In spite of herself, Cookie grows fond of her persistent admirer, a development that worries the ever-practical Gwen, who warns her sister that Dick will be wanting her first to "mother" him and then to marry him. Against this warning, Cookie invites Dick over to her apartment, where after shampooing his hair for him, he comments that he enjoys her "mothering." Suddenly terrified by her emotions, Cookie throws Dick out, just as Torene shows up with Gwen and a diamond engagement ring. Dick, confused by this turnaround but still determined, makes Philbean telephone Cookie and tell her that he has just attempted suicide at the Vandevere Hotel. Cookie rushes to the hotel one step behind Dick and finds him "dying" in a hotel bed. With Philbean's help, Dick marries Cookie in his "deathbed," ... +


Frances "Cookie" Cooke, a fashion model who has sworn to herself and to her sister Gwen to "marry rich," mistakes millionaire playboy Richard "Dick" Smith for a male model when he appears unexpectedly at his yacht, which has been surreptitiously rented out for a photo session by his valet, Philbean. Taken with the coy Cookie, Dick pretends to be the model, confident that he can win her heart without revealing his wealthy status. Cookie, however, rejects his initial overtures, assuming that as a model, his earning power is limited. Instead she dates Baron Enrico Torene, a rich, bird-crazy Italian, who, while devoted to Cookie, moves with the romantic speed of a turkey. To outdo his rival, a resourceful Dick coerces Philbean into posing as the president of an advertising agency, which offers Cookie modeling jobs that pair her with Dick. In spite of herself, Cookie grows fond of her persistent admirer, a development that worries the ever-practical Gwen, who warns her sister that Dick will be wanting her first to "mother" him and then to marry him. Against this warning, Cookie invites Dick over to her apartment, where after shampooing his hair for him, he comments that he enjoys her "mothering." Suddenly terrified by her emotions, Cookie throws Dick out, just as Torene shows up with Gwen and a diamond engagement ring. Dick, confused by this turnaround but still determined, makes Philbean telephone Cookie and tell her that he has just attempted suicide at the Vandevere Hotel. Cookie rushes to the hotel one step behind Dick and finds him "dying" in a hotel bed. With Philbean's help, Dick marries Cookie in his "deathbed," after which his ruse happily is exposed. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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