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You Can't Have Everything (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 3 August 1937 (USA)
Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds"... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Harry Tugend (screen play), Jack Yellen (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Judy Poe Wells
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers (as Ritz Brothers)
Don Ameche ... George Macrae
Charles Winninger ... Sam Gordon
Gypsy Rose Lee ... Lulu Riley (as Louise Hovick)
Arthur Treacher ... Bevins
Tony Martin ... Bobby Walker
David Rubinoff ... David Rubinoff (as Rubinoff)
Phyllis Brooks ... Evelyn Moore
Wally Vernon ... Jerry
Tip Tap & Toe Tip Tap & Toe ... Specialty Dancers in North Winds (as Tip Tap and Toe)
Louis Prima ... Orchestra Leader
George Humbert George Humbert ... Romano
Jed Prouty ... Mr. Whiteman
Dorothy Christy ... Blonde
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Storyline

Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds" just to improve his romantic chances, and even persuades her to sing in the sort of show she pretends to despise. But just when their romance is going well, Gordon's former flame Lulu reveals the ace up her sleeve... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brelan d'as See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film debut of Gypsy Rose Lee. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, much is made about George not signing the marriage license, but when we see a shot of it earlier in the film, both George's and Lulu's names are clearly signed. See more »

Quotes

Judith Wells: A little exercise won't hurt you.
George Macrae: I get all the exercise I need from going to the funerals of my athletic friends.
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Crazy Credits

Rubinoff and his Violin See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

North Pole Sketch
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by The Ritz Brothers, Tony Martin, Dorothy Christy and others
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Trying to understand the Ritz Brothers
3 June 2019 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

I never understood the appeal of the Ritz Brothers when I saw them do an occasional specialty number in a movie. But in this movie, they don't have just a specialty number. They are on the screen for number after number, some of them fairly elaborate. And even after all those numbers, I have to say: What was the deal?

Granted, the material is never very good. But the Marx Brothers could do great stuff with second-rate material. These guys don't do anything interesting with any of their material here. They just weren't very talented.

As for the rest of the movie: Faye sings some forgettable numbers nicely. Amiche is hidden behind terrible eye makeup. You would never believe from what you see here that Gypsy Rose Lee was a star.

It's pleasant, but forgettable.


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