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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

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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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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The screenwriters played by Cagney and O'Brien were based on Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Bellamy's producer was based on Darryl F. Zanuck. 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

Robert Law: I was a promising young novelist. Almost won the Pulitzer Prize in nineteen thirty, and now in nineteen thirty eight, I'm writing dialogue for a horse.
Rossetti: Larry! Larry, take a breath. The boy's mean no harm. Exhale.
Robert Law: I smell carbon exhaust.
Larry Toms: One more crack...
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the trumpeters at the end
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12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Boy Meets Girl (1938)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely poor and unfunny spoof of Hollywood has two screenwriters (James Cagney/Pat O'Brien) coming up with a scheme to make their next film a hit. There's a lot of fast talking and some slapstick but I can't help but feel this should have been a film with The Marx Brothers instead. Cagney and O'Brien make a great team in dramas but their comedy act here just doesn't work and it comes off quite forced. The laughs are pushed so hard that it becomes rather annoying very quickly. Ralph Bellamy co-stars in this semi-redo of The Front Page. To date, this is the worst Cagney film I've seen.


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