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Boy Meets Girl (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 27 August 1938 (USA)
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Two screenwriters in a rut come up with a story idea starring a bankable cowboy and the baby of the studio's waitress.

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Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Bella Spewack (from the stage play by), Sam Spewack (from the stage play by) (as Samuel Spewack) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Robert Law
Pat O'Brien ... J.C. Benson
Marie Wilson ... Susie Seabrook
Ralph Bellamy ... C. Elliott Friday
Frank McHugh ... Rossetti
Dick Foran ... Larry Toms
Bruce Lester ... Rodney Bowman
Ronald Reagan ... Announcer
Paul Clark Paul Clark ... Happy
Penny Singleton ... Peggy
Dennie Moore ... Miss Crews
Harry Seymour Harry Seymour ... Song Writer
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Song Writer
James Stephenson ... Major Thompson
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Storyline

Two screenwriters in a rut come up with a story idea starring a bankable cowboy and the baby of the studio's waitress. Written by David Steele

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy Meets Girl See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Toms' (Dick Foran's) car is a 1938 Buick 4-door convertible. See more »

Goofs

Although the script repeatedly tells us that Susie (Marie Wilson) is in the advanced stages of pregnancy, her waistline remains trim right up to the time she is taken away to the hospital. See more »

Quotes

C. Elliott 'C.F.' Friday: And Simmons, get me some trumpets that sound like trumpets.
Simmons - Friday's Film Cutter: Um, you sure you don't mean trombones, Mr Friday?
C. Elliott 'C.F.' Friday: I mean trumpets. I'm no musician, but I know what I mean. Trumpets... that slide!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on pages of a script, with someone flipping the pages. See more »

Connections

References The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Boy Meets Girl
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played during the opening credits
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Good Actors, Stupid Roles
2 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

James Cagney and Pat O'Brien: wow, there is a pair of talented Irishmen! Cagney is my all- time favorite actor and O'Brien is either excellent or annoying, depending on the role. In this both, to be honest, both of these guys look, sound and act stupid. Here is another "screwball comedy" that doesn't work, despite those two fabulous leading men. These guys look out of place in this film. It doesn't help that the dialog in here is just awful.

It's a fast-paced film, and I have no problems with that although it is a bit frantic at times. I just didn't like the main characters - "Robert Law" (Cagney) and "J.C. Benson" (O'Brien) - and thought the movie was dumb. And, yes, it's very dated and looks even dumber. Where are the laughs?

I understand this story was quite a successful play, so they must have screwed this up in the screen writing. Speaking of that, this story is a spoof about screenwriters who under pressure to come with a story for a has-been cowboy star. It's more of that than it is a "boy-meets- girl" story as the title implies, although Marie Wilson plays the female catch. This ditzy blonde wouldn't be a "catch" for me, not with that brutal voice of hers that grated on me like chalk on a blackboard. I liked her name in this movie: "Susie Seabrook." That was all I liked.


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