Margie (1940)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Margie is one of the fast and funniest of Universal's pocket musicals, though its two-director dichotomy hardly seems necessary. Newlyweds Bret (Tom Brown) and Margie (Nan Grey) both aspire to show-biz careers: he wants to be a songwriter, while she is desirous of becoming a radio scripter. Inevitably, Bret and Margie quarrel and break up, only to be reunited by their efforts to snag "banana king" Gomez (Mischa Auer) for a lucrative radio contract. The old 1920s tune "Margie" is heard throughout the proceedings, frequently fitted out with ludicrous new lyrics ("Bananas! We're Always Thikin' of Bananas!" etc.) by a zany songwriting team (Eddie Quillan and Wally Vernon). And just in case anyone should take this thing seriously, Andy Devine bursts onto the set in full cowboy regalia, guns at the ready--only to withdraw apologetically a few seconds later, explaining that he's in the wrong movie.

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career, couple, frustration, love-choices, marital-problems, radio, separation, songwriter