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Blessed Event
     

Blessed Event

Director: Roy Del Ruth

Cast: Lee Tracy, Mary Brian, Allen Jenkins

 

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Blessed Event is one of several early-1930s films inspired by the meteoric rise to fame of gossip columnist Walter Winchell--and like most such films, its title is based on a Winchell tag line. Lee Tracy plays a glib-tongued reporter who is conducting a feud with popular singer Dick Powell (making his film debut). Along the way, Tracy offends a powerful

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Blessed Event is one of several early-1930s films inspired by the meteoric rise to fame of gossip columnist Walter Winchell--and like most such films, its title is based on a Winchell tag line. Lee Tracy plays a glib-tongued reporter who is conducting a feud with popular singer Dick Powell (making his film debut). Along the way, Tracy offends a powerful gangster, and in so doing becomes entangled with chorus girl Mary Brian. The film is at its best when parodying commercial radio of the era (notably an inane jingle for "Shapiro Shoes" warbled by Dick Powell). The original Broadway stage version of Blessed Event was written by Manuel Seff and Forrest Wilson--and reportedly inspired by the career of Ruby Keeler, who rose to stardom thanks in part to the patronage of a New York mobster.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There never was anyone quite like Lee Tracy, the machine gun-mouthed character actor who managed a brief starring career in pre-Code movies, of which Blessed Event arguably gives Tracy the chance to shine in all his diamond hard glory. Tracy was an odd choice for stardom, a guy who wasn't blessed with male model looks and who had a persona that was perfect for self-centered egoists who don't mind a little love but only if it doesn't get in the way of old number one. It's the kind of character that can be repulsive, but Tracy's total self-absorption and, equally important, his incredible timing and precise delivery of a one-liner make him somehow appealing. He's a force of nature, and one that won't be denied; moreover, he's a peculiarly American one, taking the concept of individualism to an extreme. Tracy also is someone who requires an amoral atmosphere in which to thrive. After the Production Code really came in, the kind of stories, situations and characters that could best contain him lost their power. But Blessed has none of these worries, blithely dealing with unwanted pregnancies, homosexuality and other subjects soon to be forbidden, and allowing the audience to cheer on a go-getter who tramples anyone in the way of getting what he wants. Tracy is perfectly complemented by Roy Del Ruth's rapid-fire direction and by a script that gives him plenty to get his mouth around; his electric chair monologue is really astounding.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2012
UPC:
0883316452059
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
48,800

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Tracy Alvin Roberts
Mary Brian Gladys
Allen Jenkins Frankie Wells
Ruth Donnelly Miss Stevens
Ned Sparks Moxley
Dick Powell Bunny Harmon
Milton Wallace Moskowitz
Edwin Maxwell Goebel
Emma Dunn Mrs. Roberts
Isabel Jewell Dorothy
George Chandler Hanson
Frank McHugh Reilly
Tom Dugan Cooper
Walter Miller Boldt
William Halligan Herbert Flint
George Meeker Church
Walter Walker Louis Miller
Bobby Gordon Office Boy
Ruth Hall Miss Bauman
Jesse de Vorska Sapiro
Harold Waldridge Bell Boy
Herman Bing Emil
Jack LaRue Louis De Marco
Lew Harvey Joe
Reginald Barlow Actor

Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon Editor
Howard J. Green Screenwriter
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Manuel Seff Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blessed Event
1. Chapter 1 [1:39]
2. Chapter 2 [1:16]
3. Chapter 3 [2:50]
4. Chapter 4 [1:39]
5. Chapter 5 [2:05]
6. Chapter 6 [1:02]
7. Chapter 7 [2:31]
8. Chapter 8 [1:12]
9. Chapter 9 [3:53]
10. Chapter 10 [1:14]
11. Chapter 11 [6:35]
12. Chapter 12 [:25]
13. Chapter 13 [1:35]
14. Chapter 14 [2:45]
15. Chapter 15 [2:36]
16. Chapter 16 [2:14]
17. Chapter 17 [3:49]
18. Chapter 18 [1:01]
19. Chapter 19 [3:31]
20. Chapter 20 [2:25]
21. Chapter 21 [3:48]
22. Chapter 22 [4:19]
23. Chapter 23 [3:09]
24. Chapter 24 [1:16]
25. Chapter 25 [3:07]
26. Chapter 26 [3:02]
27. Chapter 27 [2:22]
28. Chapter 28 [2:20]
29. Chapter 29 [2:40]
30. Chapter 30 [2:33]
31. Chapter 31 [2:51]
32. Chapter 32 [1:49]

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