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Many Happy Returns (1934)

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64 min | Comedy, Music

Gracie Allen assumes the "management" of the shop owned by her papa Horatio Allen, turning it into a radio station and then an aviary, with the usual Gracie Allen logic. While distracted, Papa is trying to get younger daughter, beauty ...See moreGracie Allen assumes the "management" of the shop owned by her papa Horatio Allen, turning it into a radio station and then an aviary, with the usual Gracie Allen logic. While distracted, Papa is trying to get younger daughter, beauty contest winner Florence, married before she can head to Hollywood and get into the movies. The story moves to Hollywood, where, with Gracie around, kidnappers get kidnapped and the chatter between her and George Burns even takes a few satirized shots at Filmland, in addition to their usual unusual routines. Guy Lombardo, top-billed on the ads and posters with Burns and Allen but not the cast listings, and dance team Frank Veloz and Yolanda, fill in where needed between the cracks of the mostly on-the-fly plot, and they don't seem to be taking their gigs all that seriously either. Burns and Allen Radio fans, the few of us that still remember "radio", will love it, while others are likely to give it a "say what" or "duh", especially if they were raised on television comedy of the past twenty years. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman McLeod)
Writers
Lady Mary Cameron (story "Often a Bridegroom") | J.P. McEvoy (screenplay) (as John P. McEvoy) | Claude Binyon (screenplay) | Keene Thompson (adaptation) | Ray Harris (adaptation)
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Jun 8, 1934

Release date
Jun 8, 1934 (United States)

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27 cast members
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Gracie Allen
Gracie Allen Gracie Allen   See fewer
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George Burns
George Burns George Burns   See fewer
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George Barbier
Horatio Allen Horatio Allen   See fewer
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Joan Marsh
Florence Allen Florence Allen   See fewer
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Ray Milland
Ted Lambert Ted Lambert   See fewer
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William Demarest
Brinker Brinker   See fewer
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Johnny Arthur
Davis (as John Arthur) Davis (as John Arthur)   See fewer
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Franklin Pangborn
Allen's Secretary Allen's Secretary   See fewer
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Egon Brecher
Dr. Otto von Strudel Dr. Otto von Strudel   See fewer
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Guy Lombardo
Guy Lombardo (as Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians) Guy Lombardo (as Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians)   See fewer
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Jack Mulhall
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Morgan Wallace
Nathan Silas Nathan Silas   See fewer
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Kenneth Thomson
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Larry Adler
Harmonica Player Harmonica Player   See fewer
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Veloz
Specialty Dancer Specialty Dancer   See fewer
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Yolanda
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Johnny Taylor
Tap Dancer (as John Taylor) Tap Dancer (as John Taylor)   See fewer
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Clark Rutledge
Tap Dancer Tap Dancer   See fewer
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Sidney Bracey
Movie Butler (uncredited) Movie Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Duke Ellington
Pinao Player (uncredited) Pinao Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary MacLaren
Clerk (uncredited) Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Syd Saylor
Construction Worker (uncredited) Construction Worker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rolfe Sedan
Clerk (uncredited) Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ann Sheridan
Chorine (uncredited) Chorine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kent Taylor
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6.4 / 10 | 26 votes