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Vagabond Lady
     

Vagabond Lady

Director: Sam Taylor, Robert Young, Evelyn Venable, Berton Churchill

Cast: Sam Taylor, Robert Young, Evelyn Venable, Berton Churchill

 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
UPC:
0883316260166
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:12:00
Sales rank:
75,179

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Young Tony Spear
Evelyn Venable Josephine Spiggins
Berton Churchill R.D. Spear
Reginald Denny John Spear
Frank Craven "Spiggs" Spiggins
Forrester Harvey Corky Nye
Dan Crimmins Willie
Ferdinand Gottschalk Mr. Higginbotham
Herman Bing Actor
John Elliott Master of Ceremonies
Arthur Hoyt Actor
Fuzzy Knight Swan
Ferdinand Munier Department Head
Rose Plummer Actor
Harry Todd Crabby Clerk
Herb Vigran Edgar

Technical Credits
Sam Taylor Director,Producer
Bernard W. Burton Editor
Frank R. Butler Original Story,Screenwriter
Jack MacKenzie Cinematographer

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