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Fashions of 1934 (1934)

When the Manhattan investment firm of Sherwood Nash goes broke, he joins forces with his partner Snap and fashion designer Lynn Mason to provide discount shops with cheap copies of Paris couture dresses.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (screen play), Carl Erickson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Sherwood Nash
Bette Davis ... Lynn Mason
Frank McHugh ... Snap
Hugh Herbert ... Joe Ward
Verree Teasdale ... Mabel McGuire aka The Duchess
Reginald Owen ... Oscar Baroque
Henry O'Neill ... Duryea
Phillip Reed ... Jimmy
Gordon Westcott ... Harry Brent
Dorothy Burgess ... Glenda
Etienne Girardot ... Glass
William Burress William Burress ... Feldman
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Van Tyle
Spencer Charters ... Man Removing Telephone
George Humbert George Humbert ... Caponelli
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Storyline

Sherwood Nash is a swindler who bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices. His assistant Lynn poses as An American interested in a dress and Snap conceals a camera in his cane. When they try to steal the latest Baroque designs hidden cameras capture them. Threat and counterthreat lead to the suggestion of putting on a legitimate show. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A GREAT LAUGH STORY DRESSED LIKE A MILLION! (Print Ad- Kyle News, ((Kyle, Texas)) 2 March 1934) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The King of Fashion See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two things are notable: the only time the studio glamorized Bette Davis (she hated it) and a stupendous Busby Berkeley number where women's belly-buttons are prominently featured (under the code they would disappear for almost 25 years). See more »

Goofs

After the trio leaves the Bouquinistes (book sellers) along the Seine, the matte background previously showing Notre Dame Cathedral is no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Ostrich Feather Customer at Maison Elegance: Oh, they're beautiful. Tell me, does it hurt the ostrich when they're plucked?
Sherwood Nash: Madame, our patented plucking process is practically painless.
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Soundtracks

Spin a Little Web of Dreams
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
("Broken Melody" is part of this song)
Played during the opening credits, at the end and often in the score
Sung by Verree Teasdale and chorus in the Paris revue
Sung and danced by chorus girls during the large production number
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fluffy fun
23 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Fashions of 1934" is an amusing light comedy starring William Powell and Bette Davis. Davis looks much more sophisticated than she did in "The Man Who Played God." She's very glamorous and also very good in a film that's mainly fueled by Powell's performance as a con man. The Powell character goes from con to con, sometimes a con within a con - he can't resist. One of his schemes is to copy fashion sketches from Paris and pass them off as originals. Another is to sell a surplus of ostrich plumes by featuring them in a musical revue. This gives rise to a great musical number, "Spin a Little Web of Dreams." It's a Busby Berkeley kaleidoscope production. The audience at the musical revue, however, didn't see it as moviegoers did - from above.

This is a fun movie and notable for the actual fashions shown, a good performance by Powell, a spectacular number and early Davis before she established her screen persona.


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