Vagabond Lady (1935)

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Anxious to graduate from 2-reel comedies to feature films, producer Hal Roach began phasing out his short-subject manifest in 1935. Up until that year, his only talkie features had starred Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, so Vagabond Lady can be seen as the vanguard in Roach's new policy of turning out "sophisticated" pictures a la Sam Goldwyn. Evelyn Venable delivers a remarkably good comic performance as Josephine Spriggins, daughter of "Spriggs" Spriggins (Frank Craven), faithful janitor for the department-store firm of R. D. Spear & Company. Prodigal son Tony Spear (Robert Young) falls in love with Josephine and proposes marriage, but his stuffy older brother John (Reginald Denny) vows to save Tony from making so disastrous a social gaffe by marrying the girl himself. The disgruntled Tony retreats to his yacht, where he finds himself saddled with a reluctant passenger -- Josephine. The two spend the rest of the picture getting on each other's nerves, until at the very last moment they realize they're still madly in love after all. Clearly inspired by It Happened One Night (the twist being that the girl is poor and the boy is rich), Vagabond Lady is a minor but agreeable entry in the screwball-comedy genre. The only clue as to the identity of its producer is the film's utilization of stock Hal Roach background-music themes during a nightclub sequence.
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NR
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
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Warner Home Video

Cast

Robert Young
as Tony Spear
Evelyn Venable
as Miss Josephine 'Jo' Spiggins
Reginald Denny
as John 'Johnny' Spear
Frank Craven
as Spiggy' Spiggins
Berton Churchill
as R.D. Spear
Forrester Harvey
as Corky Nye
Dan Crimmins
as Willie
Ferdinand Gottschalk
as Mr. Higginbotham
Claire Du Brey
as R.D.'s Secretary
Shirley Chambers
as John's Secretary
Lya Lys
as Pat
Nora Cecil
as Miss Perkins
Harry Todd
as Crabby Clerk
Herb Vigran
as Edgar
Fred Walton
as Minister
George Kirby
as First Butler
Lowden Adams
as Second Butler
Beaudine Anderson
as Messenger Boy
Grace Goodall
as Miss Jones
Ed Armand
as Elevator Boy
Max Barwyn
as Head Waiter in Cafe
Ludwig Lowey
as Head Waiter at Biltmore Pool
Noah Young
as Man in Man-Hole
Ivan Linow
as Man in Man-Hole
Edgar Norton
as Chauffeur
Sam Flint
as Boat Captain
Louis Natheaux
as Third Mate
Lee Phelps
as Pilot
Lew Kelly
as Old Crony
Robert E. Homans
as Old Crony
Gwen Zetter
as Maid of Honor
Eleanor Kingston
as Bride's Maid
Dulce Daye
as Bride's Maid
Consuelo Baker
as Bride's Maid
Dorothy Stockmar
as Bride's Maid
Herman Bing
as Department Head
Arthur Hoyt
as Department Head
Ferdinand Munier
as Department Head
Tom Ricketts
as Department Head
Samuel T. Godfrey
as Department Head
Bee Nigro
as Department Head
Charles K. French
as Department Head
Eleanor Vandevere
as Department Head
Harry Northrop
as Doorman
Donald Haines
as Office Boy
Allen Connor
as Elevator Starter
Ray DeRavenne
as Waiter
Monte Shaw
as Hotel Manager
John Elliott
as Master of Ceremonies
Chester Gan
as Japanese Man
Victor Wong
as Japanese Man
Ben Taggart
as Detective
Bill Gould
as Detective
Stanley Blystone
as Detective
Rose Plummer
as Old Woman
Rosa Gore
as Scrub Woman
Dorothea Wolbert
as Scrub Woman
Arthur Millett
as Dock Official
Richard Kipling
as Dock Official
Frank G. Fanning
as Dock Official
Harry Dunkinson
as Dock Official
Theodore Lorch
as Dock Official
Wilfred Lucas
as Dock Official
Julia Griffith
as Astonished Store Customer
Vangie Beilby
as Store Customer
Carol Wines
as Store Customer
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