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Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 4 March 1938 (USA)
Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Eddie Moran (screen play), Jack Jevne (screen play)
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Jerry Kilbourne
Brian Aherne ... Wade Rawlins
Alan Mowbray ... Grosvenor - Butler
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Kilbourne
Patsy Kelly ... Etta
Ann Dvorak ... Minerva Harlan
Tom Brown ... Kane Kilbourne
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. Kilbourne
Bonita Granville ... Marian Kilbourne
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Harlan
Phillip Reed ... Herbert Wheeler
Willie Best ... George
Sidney Bracey ... 2nd Butler
Paul Everton ... Senator Harlan
Marjorie Kane ... Rosa
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Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a chauffeur's uniform. He also catches the eye of her pretty Geraldine. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"Jerry Kilbourne" informs her mother that "Eddie Moran" won't be able to make it to the dinner that night. "Eddie Moran" is the name of one of the screenwriters for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry and Marian are rushing down the stairs near the beginning of the film, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall to the left. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Kilbourne: Is everything all right dear? Oh dear, I called you dear. I was pretending you were Mr. Kilbourne. My husband, you know?
Wade Rawlins: Oh yeah, heh, heh... Mr. Kilbourne.
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Crazy Credits

Behind the opening credits, the cast walks arm in arm up the driveway towards the camera. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Merrily We Live
(1938)
Music by Phil Charig
Lyrics by Arthur Quenzer
Sung by an offscreen chorus during the opening and closing credits
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Help, please release to DVD
21 January 2005 | by vic7077See all my reviews

Extraordinarily funny and is one of the BEST romantic screwball comedies from the 1930's. This film is comparable and stands the test of time such as"It Happened One Night". Quirky characters and a delightful cast including Billie Burke and Constance Bennett. They don't make 'em like they used to is an appropriate phrase concerning this film. Listen closely as the quick-witted writing shines through. The name of the two dogs,"Get off the rug" and "You too", are as creativity at its best. The individuality of each character's quirkiness as they interact with one another with acceptance is fantastic. I first viewed this movie 20 plus years ago and have not forgotten its quality and humanity factor. Waiting for a DVD release date and hoping for the powers that be to produce this fabulous film in DVD format just cannot be too much to ask.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Chapter See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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