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Local Boy Makes Good (1931)

John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally ... See full summary »


Mervyn LeRoy


J.C. Nugent (suggested by the play: "The Poor Nut" by), Elliott Nugent (suggested by the play: "The Poor Nut" by) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... John Augustus Miller
Dorothy Lee ... Julia Winters
Ruth Hall ... Marjorie Blake
Edward Woods ... Spike Hoyt
Edward J. Nugent ... Wally Pierce
Wade Boteler ... Doc
John Harrington ... Coach Jackson
William Burgess ... Colonel Small (as William Burress)


John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally mailed and Julia receives it. When the letter says that he is a fraternity man and a big track star, Julia rushes right over to see him. But John is neither and Spike, Julia's boyfriend, is a track star at a nearby College. John does not want to enter the track meet so Julia tries to use psychology on him. That and a good wrestling hold makes John timidly agree to enter the race, but Spike still scares him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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He Wants to Run! He Wants to Fly! He Wants to Faint! But all He Does is to Take it and Blush! And boy CAN HE TAKE IT! (Print Ad- Silver Creek News, ((Silver Creek NY)) 26 November 1931) See more »



Did You Know?


In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »


The position of the black cat sitting on the table keeps changing, each time the camera comes back to show the cat. (approx 5 minutes in). See more »


Girl: [John jumps down from a tree and startles a couple who are kissing] He scared me so I bit my lip.
Boy: Your lip? It was my lip you bit.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a drawing of Joe Brown with the glasses and hairdo of his character in the film. See more »


Version of L'athlète incomplet (1932) See more »


In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Hummed by Joe E. Brown
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One of Joe's Best!
29 July 2011 | by normvogSee all my reviews

Despite the other reviewer's opinion, as far as pathos goes, this is easily one of Joe E. Brown's best films, and easily outshines "The Freshman" (which, imho, was one of Lloyd's poorest films).

We've all been in situations where we're afraid of something/someone, and have to meet it, face it, if we are to move ahead in Life. Brown is the Every Man in this film, and we can all identify with him. (Much moreso than Lloyd).

Dorothy Lee & Ruth Brown are (as they would say in the 30's)"easy on the eyes", as well (!) and it's interesting to hear Lee talk about "sex", "libido", etc back then.

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Release Date:

27 November 1931 (USA) See more »

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Flickornas gullgosse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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