Shoot the Works

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The Ben Hecht-Gene Fowler Broadway flop The Great Magoo formed the basis of the 1934 Paramount comedy Shoot the Works. Jack Oakie stars as seedy sideshow barker Nicky, who uses everyone he meets to get ahead. Nicky isn't even above exploiting his singing sweetheart Lily (Dorothy Dell) to suit his purposes, but this time it is he who ends up the loser -- at least until he gets wise to himself. Bandleader-comedian Ben Bernie and perennial second lead Arline Judge contribute a few laughs, but the hit of the show is gorgeous Dorothy Dell, who tragically died in a car crash just before this film was released. Shoot the Works was remade by Bob Hope as Some Like It Hot (1939).

Cast

Jack Oakie
as Nicky Nelson
Dorothy Dell
as Lily Raquel
Ben Bernie
as Joe Davis
Arline Judge
as Jackie Donovan
Alison Skipworth
as The Countess
Roscoe Karns
as Sailor Burke
William Frawley
as Larry Hale
Paul Cavanagh
as Bill Ritchie
Lew Cody
as Axel Hanratty
Lee Kohlmar
as Prof. Jonas
Monte Vandergrift
as Man from Board of Health
Tony Merlo
as Headwaiter
Ben Taggart
as Detective
Frank Prince
as Crooner
Ann Sheridan
as Secretary
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