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Artists & Models (1937)

Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an ... See full summary »

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Raoul Walsh
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Benny ... Mac Brewster
Ida Lupino ... Paula Sewell / Paula Monterey
Richard Arlen ... Alan Townsend
Gail Patrick ... Cynthia Wentworth
Ben Blue ... Jupiter Pluvius
Judy Canova ... Toots
Charles Adler Charles Adler ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
James V. Kern James V. Kern ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
George Kelly George Kelly ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
Billy Mann Billy Mann ... Yacht Club Boys Member (as Yacht Club Boys)
Cecil Cunningham ... Stella
Donald Meek ... Dr. Zimmer
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Townsend
Anne Canova Anne Canova ... Specialty (as Canova Family)
Martha Raye ... Specialty
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Storyline

Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an amateur from high society rather than a professional model to become "the Townsend Girl." Upset that she was passed over sight-unseen as a professional, Brewster's top model (Lupino) goes to Miami with plans to bump into Townsend and pass as a society debutante. Written by LJ Copley

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artistas e Modelos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Public Melody #1" number, featuring Martha Raye and Louis Armstrong, became Vincente Minnelli's first film assignment. See more »

Alternate Versions

A sequence showing Louis Armstrong and Martha Raye performing together was ordered removed by some southern US distributors. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Передача Джека Бенни: Musicale (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Mister Esquire
Lyrics by Ted Koehler and
Music by Victor Young
Danced by Russell Patterson's Personettes (marionettes) and Ben Blue
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With Jack Benny in the lead, you'd think it would be a more enjoyable film.
25 February 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is nothing like I anticipated. Crazy as it seems, I actually expected that with Jack Benny in the lead that it would be a comedy...and that, sadly, was not the case. Instead, it's a musical with a lightly comedic touch--but NOT a comedy. If you're looking for laughs, you're more likely to find them in an Ingmar Bergman film! "Artists & Models" begins with Benny owning his own advertising firm. He's a total failure and one step away from bankruptcy. However, rather out of the view, a young millionaire (Richard Arlen) approaches him to run a million dollar campaign. Arlen would like to feature some society woman in his advertising and Benny's girlfriend, Ida Lupino, is disappointed. She's a successful model and is angry that she won't even be considered. So, she sneaks off to where she heard Arlen is headed--determined to convince him that she is this society dame.

Along the way, there are a bazillion musical interludes--some pretty good and many very bad. The worst comes late in the film where Martha Raye stars in a Black musical review--and she's in black-face (uggh) with the likes of Louis Armstrong. I cringed as I watched this one.

Overall, the film is a rather tedious musical. Nothing terrible but nothing particularly good, either. It's a shame, as with this cast, it should have been a lot more interesting.


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