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Local Boy Makes Good (1931)

John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

J.C. Nugent (suggested by the play: "The Poor Nut" by), Elliott Nugent (suggested by the play: "The Poor Nut" by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... John Augustus Miller
Dorothy Lee ... Julia Winters
Ruth Hall ... Marjorie Blake
Edward Woods ... Spike Hoyt
Edward J. Nugent ... Wally Pierce
Wade Boteler ... Doc
John Harrington ... Coach Jackson
William Burress William Burress ... Colonel Small
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John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia. One day, one of his letters gets accidentally mailed and Julia receives it. When the letter says that he is a fraternity man and a big track star, Julia rushes right over to see him. But John is neither and Spike, Julia's boyfriend, is a track star at a nearby College. John does not want to enter the track meet so Julia tries to use psychology on him. That and a good wrestling hold makes John timidly agree to enter the race, but Spike still scares him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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He Learned about Women from Books But It Takes a Co-ed to Coach Him---A Kiss to get Him Started---and He Changes from a "Local" to a "Love-Limited" Express! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flickornas gullgosse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #5018-5024 and #4897 (trailer). See more »

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The position of the black cat sitting on the table keeps changing, each time the camera comes back to show the cat. (approx 5 minutes in). See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Blake: I think Julia's awfully interested in you.
John Augustus Miller: She's gonna turn my libido outward.
Marjorie Blake: What for?
John Augustus Miller: Just so she can look at it, I guess.
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Opening credits are shown over a drawing of Joe Brown with the glasses and hairdo of his character in the film. See more »

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Version of L'athlète incomplet (1932) See more »

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In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Hummed by Joe E. Brown
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Not Many Laughs For Joe
5 October 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD when a shy botany student joins the University of Ohio's track team to impress the beauty queen he idolizes.

Comic Joe E. Brown does the best he can in this not-very-funny collegiate comedy, going over the same ground Harold Lloyd plowed to greater effect during silent days. It is not Brown's fault, the script is almost unrelenting in denying him any significant laughs. Not until the final sequence, when Brown must prove himself at the big track meet or forever live in ignominy, does he come into his element - with the help of a pretty girl's kiss and a strong shot of alcohol. Even the intensely annoying rear screen projection cannot destroy the fun of watching Joe ham it up.

Dorothy Lee, temporarily escaped from Wheeler & Woolsey, plays the girl of Joe's dreams. As ever, she is kewpie-doll cute and it is great to see her, but her role as a psychology student desperate to engage with Joe's emerging libido is rather bizarre and a bit risqué. Easier to swallow is lovely Ruth Hall, the coed who admires Brown in silence. Edward Woods is Miss Lee's bullying boyfriend who can't wait to dig his spikes into Brown's flesh. Edward J. Nugent plays the team captain who befriends Joe after witnessing his remarkable sprinting ability.

Movie mavens will recognize Maude Eburne as a sympathetic maid.


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