Everything's Rosie (1931)

67, 69 or 76 mins | Comedy | 13 June 1931

Director:

Clyde Bruckman

Writer:

Tim Whelan

Producer:

William LeBaron

Cinematographer:

Nicholas Musuraca

Editor:

Doris Drought

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Going, Going, Gone (also spelled Going! Going! Gone! ). Robert Woolsey, who was part of RKO's popular comedy team "Wheeler and Woolsey," made his debut as a solo screen star in this production. According to an Apr 1931 FD production news item, "an important event in sound recording was achieved when the...'Going! Going! Gone!' company succeeded in recording the rustling of leaves, bird calls and natural wind effects during a location trip to Sherwood Forest, 35 miles from Hollywood." The recording was accomplished by the "silencer and ground noise eliminator" invented by RKO sound man Hugh McDowell, Jr. A FD news item adds William Halligan, James Quinn, George Chandler, Charles Gillette, Ford West, Edward Peil and Leo Willis to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Going, Going, Gone (also spelled Going! Going! Gone! ). Robert Woolsey, who was part of RKO's popular comedy team "Wheeler and Woolsey," made his debut as a solo screen star in this production. According to an Apr 1931 FD production news item, "an important event in sound recording was achieved when the...'Going! Going! Gone!' company succeeded in recording the rustling of leaves, bird calls and natural wind effects during a location trip to Sherwood Forest, 35 miles from Hollywood." The recording was accomplished by the "silencer and ground noise eliminator" invented by RKO sound man Hugh McDowell, Jr. A FD news item adds William Halligan, James Quinn, George Chandler, Charles Gillette, Ford West, Edward Peil and Leo Willis to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
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Film Daily
10 Apr 31
p. 6.
Film Daily
26 Apr 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
24 May 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
9 May 31
p. 40.
New York Times
22 May 31
p. 28.
Variety
27 May 31
p. 56.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Going, Going, Gone
Release Date:
13 June 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 22 May 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 May 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2303
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67, 69 or 76
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In a small town in 1916, carnival tonic huckster Dr. J. Dockweiler Droop stumbles across Rosie, an abused orphan toddler, and unwittingly becomes her foster father. Fourteen years later, Rosie meets handsome law student Billy Lowe while traveling through a town with Droop and his rotating carnival act. Charmed by Billy, Rosie begs Droop to give up the nomadic life and settle in the town. The ever resourceful Droop, who had been posing as a fortune-teller, then convinces Al Oberdorf, a failing jewelry store owner, to hire him to auction off the store's merchandize. After a few weeks, Droop, an incorrigible braggart, saves the store from bankruptcy and, while Rosie falls in love with the equally enamored Billy, ingratiates himself with the townspeople. Just before Billy's twenty-first birthday, however, Rosie meets Madeline Van Dorn, Billy's sophisticated would-be fiancée, and concludes that Billy is not truly in love with her. Although hurt, Rosie agrees to attend Billy's birthday party with Droop, who has convinced Billy's parents that he is a nobleman of European extraction. At the party, Droop humors all of the well-to-do guests with his unabashed silliness, then tricks them into betting on a crooked shell game. While Droop is making a small fortune with his shells, Rosie overhears Billy tell Madeline that he wants to marry the orphan. Overjoyed, Rosie rushes to her father's side and insists that he play one last, honest game at double-or-nothing stakes. Although Droop returns his ill-gotten winnings, the suspicious town sheriff exposes the game as phony, and Droop and Rosie are forced to leave. Later that night, Droop is accused of robbing the jewelry ... +


In a small town in 1916, carnival tonic huckster Dr. J. Dockweiler Droop stumbles across Rosie, an abused orphan toddler, and unwittingly becomes her foster father. Fourteen years later, Rosie meets handsome law student Billy Lowe while traveling through a town with Droop and his rotating carnival act. Charmed by Billy, Rosie begs Droop to give up the nomadic life and settle in the town. The ever resourceful Droop, who had been posing as a fortune-teller, then convinces Al Oberdorf, a failing jewelry store owner, to hire him to auction off the store's merchandize. After a few weeks, Droop, an incorrigible braggart, saves the store from bankruptcy and, while Rosie falls in love with the equally enamored Billy, ingratiates himself with the townspeople. Just before Billy's twenty-first birthday, however, Rosie meets Madeline Van Dorn, Billy's sophisticated would-be fiancée, and concludes that Billy is not truly in love with her. Although hurt, Rosie agrees to attend Billy's birthday party with Droop, who has convinced Billy's parents that he is a nobleman of European extraction. At the party, Droop humors all of the well-to-do guests with his unabashed silliness, then tricks them into betting on a crooked shell game. While Droop is making a small fortune with his shells, Rosie overhears Billy tell Madeline that he wants to marry the orphan. Overjoyed, Rosie rushes to her father's side and insists that he play one last, honest game at double-or-nothing stakes. Although Droop returns his ill-gotten winnings, the suspicious town sheriff exposes the game as phony, and Droop and Rosie are forced to leave. Later that night, Droop is accused of robbing the jewelry store safe and is thrown in jail, while Rosie is sent to an orphanage. Eventually Droop escapes from the jail and rescues Rosie from the orphanage. While racing from the town, Droop and Rosie are overtaken by the sheriff and Billy, who announce that the real robbers have been apprehended. Rosie then happily accepts Billy's marriage proposal and says a tearful goodbye to her irrepressible foster father. +

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