Hard to Get (1938)





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Dick Powell had already played the poor guy who falls for rich gal in Happiness Ahead (34); Hard to Get is a far superior film in this vein, and with better songs to boot. The wealthy lady in this film is Olivia de Havilland, who at this point in her career specialized in spoiled heiresses. Dick Powell is a gas-station attendant who doesn't recognize de Havilland and refuses to give her credit when her car goes on the blink. She gets even in several nasty ways, but softens when she falls in love with Powell--thanks to a little nudge from her kindly daddy, Charlie Winninger. As in Happiness Ahead, it is the father who financially smooths the path for the loving couple. Powell only has two songs, but one of them is the surefire hit "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby." Ironically, the title Hard to Get had been previously been used in 1929 for a silent Warner Bros. comedy about a poor girl falling for a rich boy.
Comedy , Romance
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Warner Brothers


Dick Powell
as Bill Davis
Olivia de Havilland
as Margaret Richards
Charles Winninger
as Big Ben Richards
Allen Jenkins
as Roscoe
Bonita Granville
as Connie Richards
Isabel Jeans
as Henrietta Richards
Thurston Hall
as John Atwater
Grady Sutton
as Stanley Potter
John Ridgely
as Schaff
Jack Mower
as Burke
Granville Bates
as Judge Harkness
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Atwater
Sidney Bracey
as Butler
Herbert Evans
as Chauffeur
Dick Rich
as Truck Driver
Edgar Dearing
as Eddie the Motorcycle Cop
Arthur Hoyt
as Man at Flower Convention
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Petewyle
Jimmy Conlin
as Dour Diner
Irving Bacon
as Attendant at Gas Station
Cliff Saum
as Rivet Thrower
Ben Hendricks Jr.
as Rivet Thrower
Herbert Rawlinson
as Mr. Jones
George Kirby
as Servant
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Fluff Depression-era romantic comedy.

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