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We're Not Dressing (1934)

We're Not Dressing (1934)

We're Not Dressing





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Based on the play The Admirable Crichton, by J. M. Barrie, a ship carrying a group of rich tourists crashes on a remote island, leaving the people stranded with only the experience of the sole surviving crew member, Stephen Jones to see them through.more
Rating: R
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: J.M. Barrie & Benjamin Glazer, George Marion Jr., Francis Martin, Horace Jackson, Francis Martin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 1994
Paramount Pictures


Bing Crosby
as Stephen Jones
Carole Lombard
as Doris Worthington
Leon Errol
as Hubert
Jay Henry
as Prince Alexander Sto...
Ray Milland
as Prince Michael Stofa...
John Irwin
as Old Sailor
Ben Hendricks Jr.
as 1st Ship's Officer
Ted Oliver
as 2nd Ship's Officer
Stanley Blystone
as Doris' Officer
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

... a forgettable bore.

Full Review… | August 19, 2006
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Audience Reviews for We're Not Dressing


Silly virtually plotless musical is more interesting for it's cast than any of the lame antics on screen. Carole is terrific as usual make her spoiled heiress a deeper character surely than what was on the page. The Merm has some throwaway songs but is largely wasted and Bing is in fine voice but what's so distracting is the absurd amount of makeup they slapped on him! He is more heavily made up than any of the actresses. Gracie Allen is an addledpated delight.

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Super Reviewer


Fast-moving Paramount musical with the usual star-studded cast: Bing Crosby (he sings "Love Thy Neighbor"), Carole Lombard, Burns & Allen, and Ethel Merman.


A good reason not to watch almost anything 1930's. Folks, let me tell you something. If you like this era of films, good for you. Its great to see these lifestyles recorded for eternity.

But I love Bing Crosby and even I can tell by today's standards.... well... these types of old films are less than satisfying for me. 1934 screwball comedy film starring Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, Burns and Allen, Ethel Merman, and Ray Milland.

"Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms. " [Written by Gary Jackson]

Director: Norman Taurog

Stephen Jones . . . . . Bing Crosby
Doris Worthington . . . . . Carole Lombard
George . . . . . George Burns
Gracie . . . . . Gracie Allen
Edith . . . . . Ethel Merman
Hubert . . . . . Leon Errol
Prince Alexander Stofani . . . . . Jay Henry
Prince Michael Stofani . . . . . Raymond Milland
Old sailor . . . . . John Irwin
Captain . . . . . Charles Morris
First ship's officer . . . . . Ben Hendricks
Second ship's officer . . . . . Ted Oliver

NOTES about the film:

1 Everyone involved in the making of We're Not Dressing harbored happy memories of the film, though Ray Milland (cast as Doris' snooty society fiancÚ) had less pleasant memories of the trained bear which figures prominently in the opening scenes. Bing Crosby's musical numbers include two of his best, "May I" and "Love Thy Neighbor." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi (courtesy of NY Times)

2 WE'RE NOT DRESSING, based on a story by Benjamin Glazer; music and lyrics by Harry Revel and Mack Gordon; directed by Norman Taurog; a Paramount production. At the Rivoli.

3 "With all due respect to Mr. Crosby's earnest rendition of the song "Love Thy Neighbor," the fun afforded by the dependable Miss Allen and the unstable Mr. Errol wins the honors." ---- NY Times review 1934

Nostalgic YES, comforting YES, ....memorable film?....don't think so.

Running Time: 77 Minutes
Country: USA
Genre: Musical Comedy, Ensemble Film

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