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Wide Open

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Wide Open (1930) starring Edward Everett Horton, Louise Fazenda, E. J. Ratcliffe, Vera Lewis, Louise Beavers

Wide Open is a delightful farce about a timid office worker (Edward Everett Horton). His inventive ideas win him promotion and the boss’ daughter (Patsy Ruth Miller)

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Bombshell 1933 [Jean Harlow]

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Bombshell (1933) starring Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan

In Bombshell, a popular movie star (Jean Harlow) is fed up. Fed up with sponging relatives, and her work-til-you-drop film studio. Not to mention the nonsensical publicity stunts dreamed up by her press agent. So, she attempts to escape Hollywood.

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What Price Hollywood?

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What Price Hollywood? (1932) starring Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton, directed by George Cukor

In What Price Hollywood? a drunken director discovers an actress who goes on to become “America’s Pal”. She falls in love with a rich young man. but the director — and her career — pull them apart. After the director’s eventual suicide, her career falls apart as well.

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Abraham [song lyrics]

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Song lyrics to Abraham (1942). Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Played at the Holiday Inn. Sung on Lincoln’s birthday by Bing Crosby, Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds) in blackface, Chorus, and Louise Beavers with Shelby Bacon and Joan Arnold.

[Editor’s note: Abraham is a celebration of Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday — and several of the performers are in blackface, to represent freed slaves. If you’re offended … you’ve been warned. Bear in mind that this is using 1942’s sensibilities, not 21st century’s attitudes.]

Upon a February morn
A tiny baby boy was born
Abraham, Abraham

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) starring Cary Grant , Myrna Loy , Melvyn Douglas

Synopsis of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Cary Grant and Myna Loy star in this classic screwball comedy about a big city executive who wants to find a simpler life in the country when Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House. Advertising executive Jim Blandings (Grant–Charade, North by Northwest) learns about rural life, real estate and construction the hardest way possible when he buys a farm in Connecticut.  And moves with his tolerant if not understanding wife, Muriel (Loy–Thin Man films), to a decaying shack that’s closer to a nightmare than the house of his dreams.

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