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I've Got Your Number (1934)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 24 February 1934 (USA)
Two telephone repairmen have many adventures and romance a pair of blondes.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

William Rankin (story), Warren Duff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Marie Lawson
Pat O'Brien ... Terry Riley
Allen Jenkins ... Johnny
Glenda Farrell ... Bonnie - aka Madame Francis
Eugene Pallette ... Joe Flood
Gordon Westcott ... Nicky
Henry O'Neill ... John P. Schuyler
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Happy Dooley
Renee Whitney ... Loretta Kennedy
Wallis Clark ... Mr. Madison
Robert Ellis ... Turk Garrison
Douglas Cosgrove ... Detective Turner
Selmer Jackson ... Joe - Gangster (as Selmar Jackson)
Louise Beavers ... Crystal
Henry Kolker ... Robert Kirkland
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Storyline

The adventures of wisecracking telephone repairmen Terry and Johnny are by turns comic, risque, and heroic. Terry pursues Marie, a hotel switchboard operator, who loses her job when she innocently does a favor for gangster Nicky. Terry gets Marie a job with financier Schuyler; but Nicky has new plans for her. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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211 LAUGHS IN 69 MINUTES...By Actual Count (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell's Bells See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A true mark that this is a Pre-Code film is when Pat O'Brien after completing a repair in what appears to be a bordello; slaps a female "resident" on the backside. Men casually slapping women on the behind was common misbehavior in pre-code films. See more »

Goofs

Terry's boss Joe Flood infers that Terry has a habit of slapping female telephone subscribers (customers) on the backside and that it was unacceptable and would be dismissed if he does it again. Even in the 1930s, this sort of behavior may make Terry come off more like a pervert than a romantic hero, therefore, turning off an audience and possibly jeopardizing a film's success. It was these types of characterizations that led to the creation of a motion picture code. See more »

Quotes

Joe Flood: You're more trouble to me than a skin full of fleas.
Terry Riley: Well, you oughta' know.
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Soundtracks

Puddin' Head Jones
(uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
Played when Terry and Marie are at the restaurant
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The trials and tribulations of a telephone repair man
22 February 2013 | by nomoons11See all my reviews

Watching this, if you didn't know, you would think that a telephone repair man back in the day could do anything. That's what makes this film so laughable.

A tops in his field telephone repair man goes throughout his workday solving telephone related problems. Along the way he tries his suave ways on the lady clients he meets. In the midst of all this he meets a girl who finally falls for his lame charms. She in turn gets unwittingly involved with a scumbag who uses her to rob her boss of some bonds. Then...telephone repair man to the rescue.

Words can't describe how lame this film is. Pat O'Brian didn't have much range as an actor and it shows in this. There are so many laughable moments I can only mention a few cause it would ruin for anyone who wants to watch this lame time piece.

First off, what telephone repair man has the skills to cut any kind of live electrical wires? One scene has a building burning and for some reason they need him to get to the top of a burning building and cut telephone wires. Who knows what purpose this serves but in the process he decides there are live electrical wires and he just takes some pliers/snips and cuts them. This is beyond ridiculous. Not gonna happen folks unless he intended to make himself a charcoal briquette in the process.. After this he jumps off the building and lands in a fireman's net to safety. With this act he's the king of the day. LOL..what a joke.

The funniest of all is the end fight scene. It could very well be the worst fight scene in film history. To set up this fight I'll start off with..they kidnap the repair man and are dragging him back to their car to leave and the whole of the telephone repairmen from the company come to his rescue. Mind you, all these crooks trying to take him away are all armed. When the repairmen arrive and decide to try and save him, all these crooks just run at em like it was WWI. I mean, these guys have guns and they decide to fight? Gimme a break. The fighting in this is so funny it's worth watching just for that. It's so bad you'll spit up you soda and chips while watching it. I will say this was an early 30's film so they hadn't gotten the realistic look of fighting by then but if your a filmmaker and want to do a film with fighting, watch this and see what not to do.

For me, this was a real joke of a film. Not even funny or believable at any point. Bad script, stupid premise and 65 minutes of my life I'll never get back.


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