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Small Town Girl (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 April 1936 (USA)
Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while ... See full summary »

Directors:

William A. Wellman, Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Kay Brannan
Robert Taylor ... Bob Dakin
Binnie Barnes ... Priscilla Hyde
Andy Devine ... George Brannan
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Dakin
Elizabeth Patterson ... Ma Brannan
Frank Craven ... Will Brannan
James Stewart ... Elmer Clampett
Isabel Jewell ... Emily Brannan
Charley Grapewin ... Dr. Ned Fabre
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Dakin
Robert Greig ... Childers
Edgar Kennedy ... Captain Mack
Willie Fung ... So-So
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Storyline

Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while drunk and then proceeds to take her out on a night on the town. Kay likes the stranger, and when the drunken Bob decides that they should get married, Kay hesitates little before consenting. The morning after the affair, Bob, once sober, regrets his mistake. His strict and upright parents, however, insist that the young couple pretend marriage for 6 months before divorcing, in order to avoid bad publicity. Bob resents Kay for standing in the way of him and his fiancée, Priscilla, but Kay still hopes that he'd have a change of heart. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Horse Town See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled 'One Horse Town' (in order to avoid confusion with MGM's Small Town Girl (1953)), this film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 6 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 26 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco 7 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 8 December 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

The calendar that Robert Taylor looks at that Janet Gaynor's character is making time on shows February with 31 days. The days are correct for February 1936, a leap year with 29 days, except for the Sunday & Monday 2 added days at the end. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dakin: The telephone is a marvelous invention but you should never use one while standing in a bathtub.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the turning pages of a book. See more »

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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
[Played by the band at Tait's Tavern]
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An entertaining romantic comedy despite the improbable premise.
24 March 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

I'm always leery of any film in which a couple marry when they are drunk and then can't remember what happened later when they are sober. That is partially the premise in this film; it is Robert Taylor who is the drunkard and he recalls what happened with great difficulty. Janet Gaynor had been drinking, but she knew what she was doing and took the opportunity to get out of her small-town humdrum life. To me, the situation is virtually impossible, and what J.P. would marry a man who is that pie-eyed? Still, once the event happens, I found myself rather enjoying most of the rest of the movie despite its predictability. Only the yacht trip dragged a little.

I confess I was never a Taylor or Gaynor fan when I say that the best one in the film is 8th-billed James Stewart, playing Gaynor's home-town boyfriend. It wasn't too much longer when his star shone much brighter than either of the two stars in this film.


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