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Cain and Mabel (1936)

Cain and Mabel (1936)

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Previously (and uncomfortably) co-starred in Polly at the Circus, Marion Davies and Clark Gable were reteamed in Cain and Mabel, reportedly on the demand of Davies' "sponsor" William Randolph Hearst. The story concerns a hash slinger-turned-Broadway-star named Mabel O'Dare (Davies, endearingly miscast) whose career is in the hands of hotshot publicist Reilly (Roscoe Karns). To stir up interest in Mabel's latest musical show, Karns cooks up a phony romance between his client and boxing champ Larry Cain (Gable) -- even though Mabel and Cain have already developed a healthy dislike for one another. Unfortunately, Karns' brainstorm turns out to be a drizzle: Mabel's show is a flop, and Cain begins losing in the ring. By the time Cain and Mabel have fallen in love for real, both parties have had to virtually abandon their careers as proof that it is for real. Most of the comedy setpieces in the film fall flat, save for a terrific bit near the end: Told that "The show must go on!," a disconsolate Mabel asks "Why?" -- and no one can come up with a good answer! This is the film in which a studio stagehand allegedly pops up during one of the production numbers, but don't kill yourself looking for him. PS: The handsome actor billed as David Carlyle later enjoyed a substantial screen career as Robert Paige.

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Cast

Clark Gable
as Larry Cain
Marion Davies
as Mabel O'Dare
Ruth Donnelly
as Aunt Mimi
Roscoe Karns
as Aloysius K. Reilly
David Carlyle
as Ronny Cauldwell
Walter Catlett
as Jake Sherman
Robert Paige
as Ronny Cauldwell
Pert Kelton
as Toddy Williams
Sammy White
as Specialty
E.E. Clive
as Charles Fendwick
Allen Pomeroy
as Tom Reed
Robert Middlemass
as Cafe Proprietor
Joseph Crehan
as Reed's Manager
Eily Malyon
as The Old Maid
Jane Wyman
as Bit Part
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The second teaming of Gable and Marion Davies is a semi-seuccessful screwball comedy, nominated for the Dance Direction Oscar

April 10, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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