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Ready, Willing and Able (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 March 1937 (USA)
Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Sig Herzig (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Keeler ... Jane
Lee Dixon ... Pinky Blair
Allen Jenkins ... J. Van Courtland
Louise Fazenda ... Clara Heineman
Ross Alexander ... Barry Granville
Carol Hughes ... Angie
Hugh O'Connell ... Truman Hardy
Wini Shaw ... Jane Clarke
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Yip Nolan
Addison Richards ... Edward McNeil
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Moving Man (as Shaw)
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Moving Man (as Lee)
E.E. Clive ... Sir Samuel Buffington (Credits) / Bloomington (in Film)
Jane Wyman ... Dot
May Boley May Boley ... Mrs. Beadle
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Storyline

Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores de Opereta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in both San Diego CA and Tucson AZ Sunday 19 May 1957 on KFMB (Channel 8) and on KGUN (Channel 9); it first aired in Honolulu 4 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13) and in San Francisco 6 August 1957 on Golden Gate Playhouse on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Pinky Blair: Hiya, baby! Hey, did you hear my last song?
Dot: I hope so!
Pinky Blair: Dot, what do you think I am now?
Dot: Well, a man who had been valet to a seal could be anything!
Pinky Blair: You guessed it. He's an actors' agent.
Dot: An agent? You have hit a new low!
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Connections

Referenced in The Honeymooners: The $99,000 Answer (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready, Willing and Able
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Written for the movie and possibly used instrumentally
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Keeler, Dixon and Alexander
28 June 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Musical play writers Ross Alexander (as Barry Granville) and Lee Dixon (as Pinky Blair) work out a song and dance while their pants are being pressed. Playing modest for the movie studio, both Mr. Alexander and Mr. Dixon prefer boxers to briefs. The enthusiastic duo may have a tuneful Broadway hit on their hands. A backer mandates they hire an English actress to star, and agent Allen Jenkins (as J. Van Courtland) goes to pick her up. But Mr. Jenkins accidentally signs similarly named Ruby Keeler (as Jane Clarke), putting the show in jeopardy - she's no actress, but is she "Ready, Willing and Able"?

This was, most notably, the last film appearance for Ross Alexander, who ended his life with a suicide...

In what looks like a marketing decision, Warner Bros. likely switched Alexander's billing with Dixon's (he would have his most memorable success on Broadway with "Okalahoma!" before succumbing to alcoholism). Despite the sadness, the show goes on with the happy-go-lucky duo playing well together. Alexander's best moment is emotionally introducing "Too Marvelous for Words" to Ms. Keeler; she and Dixon have a memorable dancing sequence, showcasing the #1 hit show-stopper. Also, there are appearances by past favorite Louise Fazenda (as Clara) and future favorite Jane Wyman (as Dot).

***** Ready, Willing and Able (3/6/37) Ray Enright ~ Ruby Keeler, Ross Alexander, Lee Dixon, Allen Jenkins


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