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Small Town Girl (1936)

Passed | | 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 »


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


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




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


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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FROM BEN AMES WILLIAMS' NEWSPAPER SERIAL (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Broadway Theatre - Lubbock,Texas - October 10, 1936 - all caps0 See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Was originally set to star Jean Harlow as Kay and Robert Montgomery as Bob. See more »


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 »


Bob Dakin: I guess you're just a funny little kid.
Kay Brannan: That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »


Boola Boola
Written by Allan M. Hirsch
Adapted from "La Hoola Boola"
Written by Bob Cole and Billy Johnson
[Played and sung at Tait's Tavern]
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Small Town Girl- Is Big Town Stuff ****
11 June 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Wonderful Janet Gaynor and Robert Taylor comedy depicting the differences between the upper and middle classes of society.

Gaynor longs for a life outside of her town and Taylor represents everything that she wants. Though meeting him in an unusual way, and marrying him while he is drunk, he turns his part as a total heel when he becomes sober. Reluctantly, she agrees to stay with him for 6 months in pretending that there is wedded bliss.

We know that the picture shall be devoted to how the two will find their way to love despite there being Taylor's fiancée, nicely played by a bitchy Binnie Barnes. Despite his cruelty to his wife, Taylor shows an element of compassion in his treating of a brain injured child. Somehow that child will become the link that will bring this couple together and start Barnes packing.

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Release Date:

10 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Horse Town See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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