Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||A. Edward Sutherland|
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
|Written by||Eddie Cantor|
|Music by||Harry Akst|
|Edited by||Sherman Todd|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|October 3, 1931|
Palmy Days is a 1931 American Pre-Code musical comedy film written by Eddie Cantor, Morrie Ryskind, and David Freedman, directed by A. Edward Sutherland, and choreographed by Busby Berkeley (who makes a cameo appearance as a fortune teller). The film stars Eddie Cantor. The famed Goldwyn Girls make appearances during elaborate production numbers set in a gymnasium and a bakery ("Glorifying the American Doughnut"). Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, Virginia Grey, and Toby Wing are among the bevy of chorines.
Cast (in credits order)
- Charlotte Greenwood as Helen Martin
- Barbara Weeks as Joan Clark
- Spencer Charters as Mr Clark
- Paul Page as Steve
- Charles Middleton as Yolando
- George Raft as Joe – Yolando's Henchman
- Harry Woods as Yolando's Henchman
- Eddie Cantor as Eddie Simpson
The film was one of the most popular movies of the year.
New York Times movie critic Mordaunt Hall, described Palmy Days as "a more or less funny diatribe" with "two or three inconsequential melodies and a great deal to gaze, including pretty damsels from the Pacific Coast and effectively photographed groups of dancers."
Brand-name products rarely appeared in movies of this period, partly because of the campaign against that practice by the motion picture trade periodical Harrison's Reports. In an editorial, that publication reported the on-screen appearance of an Underwood Typewriter and product of Continental Baking Company.
- Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) (pg. 942); accessed April 19, 2014
- "WHICH CINEMA FILMS HAVE EARNED THE MOST MONEY SINCE 1914?". The Argus. Melbourne. March 4, 1944. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 18
- New York Times, Movie Review, "Palmy Days (1931) The Screen; A Frolic, With Mr. Cantor" September 24, 1931
- Harrison's Reports 28 November 1931, page 189
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