About 40 minutes in, when Donald Ogden Stewart is at the piano, he plays a little snippet of "Singin' in the Rain," which had been introduced the previous year by Cliff Edwards and the Brox Sisters in MGM's "Hollywood Revue of 1929." The studio would use it several more times over the years, most famously in the 1952 film of the same title. See more »
I understand that you're trying to write for the pictures, Miss Parker. Oh, just you keep right on trying! All of you. And go and see the pictures! And see them and see them and see them. Study them. Learn how they're made. Why, the possibilities are...
Oh, yes, they're very big. You'd be surprised. You know, we're going to do some of Shakespeare's things next?
He's going to organize his own company next.
No, Willy! Mr. Leach!
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MGM also released a silent version of this film. See more »
Music and (unused) lyrics by Allan M. Hirsh
Played briefly on the piano by Donald Ogden Stewart See more »
Not So Much
In sunny California, madcap party hostess Marion Davies (as Dulcinea "Dulcy" Parker) tries to impress stuffy businessmen for fiancé jeweler Elliott Nugent (as Gordon "Gordy" Smith). Tailor-made for Ms. Davies from dependable material (a hit play and silent film adaptation as "Dulcy"), "Not So Dumb" doesn't live up to the new title. The soundtrack is primitive, with Davies' voice sounding the worst. MGM's production team, director King Vidor, plus a supporting cast led by cute Raymond Hackett (as Bill "Willie" Parker) and comedian Franklin Pangborn (as Vincent Leach) help a little. Davies scatterbrain character is evidenced by her mixing up sayings, like: "The early worm always gets the bird," and "I just knew there was a woodpile in the " Not so funny.
**** Not So Dumb (2/2/30) King Vidor ~ Marion Davies, Elliott Nugent, Raymond Hackett, Franklin Pangborn
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