Cain and Mabel (1936)

89-90 mins | Comedy | 26 September 1936

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

Laird Doyle

Cinematographer:

George Barnes

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A news item in 18 Apr 1936 DV states that the scheduled start date was pushed back because a suitable leading man had not been ... More Less

A news item in 18 Apr 1936 DV states that the scheduled start date was pushed back because a suitable leading man had not been found. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Apr 1936.
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Daily Variety
15 Aug 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Oct 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Aug 36
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Aug 36
pp. 36-37.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Oct 36
p. 45.
New York Times
19 Oct 36
p. 22.
Variety
21 Oct 36
p. 15.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Bert Morehouse
William R. Arnold
J. Delos Jewkes
George Bruggerman
Joseph Cunningham
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Cosmopolitan Production; A First National Picture
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr by
DANCE
Prod numbers staged by
STAND INS
Double for Clark Gable
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Thousand Love Songs," "Coney Island" and "Here Comes Chiquita," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 September 1936
Production Date:
began 27 April 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 October 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6672
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2225
SYNOPSIS

When unemployed reporter Aloysius K. Reilly causes waitress Mabel O'Dare to lose her job, he decides to find her another one. Learning that Mabel can dance a little, he claims to know producer Jake Sherman, convinced that he can talk Jake into giving her a job in the chorus of his new production. Jake doesn't know Reilly and is just about to throw him and Mabel out of the rehearsal when Toddy Williams, the star, walks out of the show. For revenge, Jake casts Mabel in the lead even though she isn't a very good dancer. The night before her opening, she is still practicing her routine, and the noise she makes keeps her downstairs neighbor, boxer Larry Cain, awake. Because he has a big boxing match the next day, Larry asks Mabel to quit, but she refuses, and they quarrel. Larry wins the championship, but his lack of charisma in the ring keeps the crowds away. Mabel's show is doing poorly, until Reilly has the bright idea of concocting a romance between Mabel and Larry. Although they really hate each other, the publicity about their phony affair has the desired result. They continue to battle until Larry discovers that Mabel used to be a waitress. He confesses that his dream is to retire to New Jersey and run a garage. They decide to marry and fulfill Larry's dream. Overhearing their plans, Reilly plots to prevent the elopement. He leaks the story to the papers, and Mabel and Larry each think the other has betrayed the secret. When Mabel finally learns the truth, she flies to Philadelphia where Larry is ... +


When unemployed reporter Aloysius K. Reilly causes waitress Mabel O'Dare to lose her job, he decides to find her another one. Learning that Mabel can dance a little, he claims to know producer Jake Sherman, convinced that he can talk Jake into giving her a job in the chorus of his new production. Jake doesn't know Reilly and is just about to throw him and Mabel out of the rehearsal when Toddy Williams, the star, walks out of the show. For revenge, Jake casts Mabel in the lead even though she isn't a very good dancer. The night before her opening, she is still practicing her routine, and the noise she makes keeps her downstairs neighbor, boxer Larry Cain, awake. Because he has a big boxing match the next day, Larry asks Mabel to quit, but she refuses, and they quarrel. Larry wins the championship, but his lack of charisma in the ring keeps the crowds away. Mabel's show is doing poorly, until Reilly has the bright idea of concocting a romance between Mabel and Larry. Although they really hate each other, the publicity about their phony affair has the desired result. They continue to battle until Larry discovers that Mabel used to be a waitress. He confesses that his dream is to retire to New Jersey and run a garage. They decide to marry and fulfill Larry's dream. Overhearing their plans, Reilly plots to prevent the elopement. He leaks the story to the papers, and Mabel and Larry each think the other has betrayed the secret. When Mabel finally learns the truth, she flies to Philadelphia where Larry is fighting. Larry loses the match, but Mabel's bet on the other fighter provides a nest egg for their future. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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