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Safety in Numbers (1930)

A songwriter hires three chorus girls to show him the "underside" of big-city life.

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Complete credited cast:
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... William Butler Reynolds
Kathryn Crawford ... Jacqueline
Josephine Dunn ... Maxine
Carole Lombard ... Pauline
Roscoe Karns ... Bertram Shapiro
Richard Tucker ... F. Carstair Reynolds
Francis McDonald ... Phil Kemptom
Raoul Paoli Raoul Paoli ... Jules
Virginia Bruce ... Alma McGregor
Geneva Mitchell ... Cleo Carewe
Louise Beavers ... Messalina
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William Butler Reynolds is slated to inherit ten-million dollars on his 21st birthday, but his worldly uncle, F. Carstairs Reynolds, thinks the lad could use a bit of seasoning before that happens. He sends him to New York City with the purpose of the trip to acquaint him with the pitfalls and wicked ways of the big city, especially for young millionaires. The uncle, who believes there is safety in numbers, also assigns, and pays well, three Follies girls,Jacqueline, Maxine and Pauline, to oversee the lad's tutoring. In the interest of ensuring the boy is well-tutored, Alma McGRegor and Cleo Carewe volunteer their services. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that many experienced tutors on the job. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Nothing to worry him except...six beautiful girls and ten million dollars! (original ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Älska efter noter See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Though the story is set in New York, the scenes in a dance montage include Los Angeles city hall. See more »

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Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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The Pick-Up
(uncredited)
by Richard A. Whiting and George Marion Jr.
Sung by Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Kathryn Crawford, Louise Beavers and Chorus
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What Were The Numbers At The Box Office?
14 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Buddy Rogers is set to inherit $25,000,000 soon. His uncle, Richard Tucker, thinks he spends too much time at the office staging musical numbers, so he ships him off to New York to get some seasoning, and includes an introduction to Kathryn Crawford, Josephine Dunn and Carole Lombard, three chorines who share a penthouse apartment, figuring there's safety in numbers. Rogers spends all his cash buying a gift for his hostesses, so he settles down to write a musical, get them better pay, and fall in love with one.

The songs were written by Richard Whiting and George Marion Jr. They're all right, but not particularly well staged or performed, except for one verse by Louise Beavers. In fact, the whole movie is stodgily staged, except for one number involving a big chorus of silhouetted women and an optical printer. The soundtrack is filled with crowd noises, and the pacing of lines is a bit draggy.

This poor pacing is odd because it's directed by Victor Schertzinger, a composer and film director who had been at the latter job since 1917. One would expect the man who composed "Tangerine" (albeit with Johnny Mercer doing the words) to have a better sense of pacing and aural focus. However this was 1930, Hollywood was still in chaos from the switchover to sound, and Schertzinger was probably worried about his job; 1930 was the year that movie musicals collapsed. Despite Rogers' pep, musicals like this, with their risque 1920s-style plots, were rapidly losing favor.


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