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Traveling Saleslady (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 March 1935 (USA)
Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (screen play), Manuel Seff (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Blondell ... Angela Twitchell
Glenda Farrell ... Claudette
William Gargan ... Pat O'Connor
Hugh Herbert ... Elmer
Grant Mitchell ... Rufus Twitchell
Al Shean ... Schmidt
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. Twitchell
Johnny Arthur ... Melton
Bert Roach ... Harry
Joseph Crehan ... Murdock
Mary Treen ... Miss Wells
James Donlan James Donlan ... Andy McNeill
Bill Elliott ... Freddie (as Gordon Elliott)
Carroll Nye ... Burroughs
Harry Holman ... Pat O'Connor's Uncle
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Storyline

Angela Twitchell is the daughter of a tooth-paste manufacturer, Rufus K. Twitchell, who has monopolized the business for many years that he has grown conservative, and his rivals have begin to cut into his sales. Angela wants to enter the business but he thinks women have no place in a man's world. Inventor, Elmer Niles, tries to interest Mr. Twitchell in his line of toothpaste with various cocktail flavors, but is shown the door. Angela sees the possibilities in the idea; while retaining ownership she licenses it to one of her father's business rivals under the stipulation she will go on the road for a year and sell the product. She steals her father's customers right out from under the nose of her father's best salesman, Pat O,Connor, whom she falls in love with. It's whoopee at night and all-business during the day. Claudette Ruggles, a drug-store owner, also has designs on O'Connor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They Make Business a Pleasure and They Have a Line That Will Break Down the Sales Resistance of the Nation! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Triunfa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The American Airlines biplane Angela boards for Chicago is a Curtis T-32 Condor II, registration NC12390, a 12-passenger "luxury night sleeper" aircraft. Named "Condor 154", this plane also appears prominently in the Shirley Temple film Bright Eyes (1934). It was painted dark blue with orange trim. See more »

Goofs

At about 38 and a half minutes into the movie, while Angela Twitchell and her mother are talking in the bedroom, her father's shadow can be seen standing outside the door for more than 15 seconds before he actually enters the room. This means that he should have heard their discussion, thus learning that his daughter is the saleswoman for the competition. See more »

Quotes

Pat O'Connor: I've seen 'em come and I've seen 'em go. So, gather the rose buds while you may. I'll still be selling Twitchell's when the buyers have forgotten whether Schmidt's made toothpaste or sausage casings.
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Soundtracks

Traveling Saleslady
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome and Leo F. Forbstein
Played during the opening photo credits
Also played when Pat and Angela are at dinner
Also played when Pat and Angela are standing at the bar
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Two Stars Shine In Depression Era Comedy
16 May 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A TRAVELING SALESLADY & a drugstore queen vie for the affection of a handsome toothpaste salesman.

This was the sort of ephemeral comic frippery which the studios produced almost effortlessly during the 1930's. Well made & highly enjoyable, Depression audiences couldn't seem to get enough of these popular, funny photo dramas.

Sassy & sweet, Joan Blondell & Glenda Farrell make perfect romantic rivals. This is really Blondell's picture - Farrell's part gets off to a slow start - but they are great together or apart and make the film zing.

William Gargan gives a good performance as the fellow in the enviable position of being desired by both Blondell & Farrell. Wonderful, wacky Hugh Herbert, as the inventor of cocktail flavored toothpaste, leads a parade of character actors - Grant Mitchell, Al Shean, Ruth Donnelly, Johnny Arthur, Bert Roach, Mary Treen & Harry Holman - who all excel at milking laughs from every line.

Movie mavens will recognize the marvelous Hattie McDaniel, uncredited in a tiny, hilarious, scene.

While never stars of the first rank, Joan Blondell (1906-1979) & Glenda Farrell (1904-1971) enlivened scores of films at Warner Bros. throughout the 1930's, especially the eight in which they appeared together. Whether playing gold diggers or working girls, reporters or secretaries, these blonde & brassy ladies were very nearly always a match for whatever leading man was lucky enough to share equal billing alongside them. With a wisecrack or a glance, their characters showed they were ready to take on the world - and any man in it. Never as wickedly brazen as Paramount's Mae West, you always had the feeling that, tough as they were, Blondell & Farrell used their toughness to defend vulnerable hearts ready to break over the right guy. While many performances from seven decades ago can look campy or contrived today, these two lovely ladies are still spirited & sassy.


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