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Naughty But Nice (1939)





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It's Swing Music vs. the Classics in the easy-to-take Warners tunefest Naughty But Nice. Dick Powell dons the obligatory spectacles as a staid music professor Hardwick, who harbors a desire to become a songwriter. With the help of aspiring lyricist Linda McKay (Gale Page), Hardwick pens a little ditty that, through a fluke, becomes a smash hit. Not entirely prepared for show-business success, Hardwick falls into the clutches of predatory vocalist Zelda Manion (Ann Sheridan), leaving poor Linda in the lurch-at least until the last reel. Ronald Reagan breezes through one of his then-typical wiseguy supporting roles, while ZaSu Pitts, Vera Lewis and Elizabeth Dunne are likewise typecast as Hardwick's maiden aunts (conversely, the Professor's other aunt, played by Helen Broderick, is a real hep-cat). Virtually all the Harry Warren/Johnny Mercer songs in Naughty but Nice have been adapted from the works of such past masters as Mozart, Bach and Wagner-and old device, but one which works beautifully here. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Dick Powell
as Prof. Donald Hardwick
Ann Sheridan
as Zelda Manion
Gale Page
as Linda McKay
Ronald Reagan
as Ed Clark
Helen Broderick
as Aunt Martha
Allen Jenkins
as Joe Dirk
Zasu Pitts
as Aunt Penelope
Jerry Colonna
as Allie Gray
Vera Lewis
as Aunt Annabella
Elizabeth Dunne
as Aunt Henrietta
Luis Alberni
as Stanislaus Pysinski
Bill Davidson
as Sam Hudson
Halliwell Hobbes
as Dean Burton
Peter Lind Hayes
as Bandleader
Bert Hanlon
as Johnny Collins
John Ridgely
as Hudson's Assistant
Selmar Jackson
as Defense Attorney
Herbert Rawlinson
as Plaintiff's Attorney
Selmer Jackson
as Defense Attorney
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Piano Tuner
Grady Sutton
as Mankton
Sally Sage
as Miss Danning
Jack Mower
as Professor
Sidney Bracey
as Professor
Edward McWade
as Prof. Trill
Ernest Wood
as Headwaiter
Stuart Holmes
as Capt. Gregory Waddington-Smith
Tom Dugan
as Man with Seals
Harrison Greene
as Bartender
Garry Owen
as Bartender
Jimmy Conlin
as Pedestrian
Frank Mayo
as Bailiff
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