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Everything's Rosie(1931)

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The leading comics at RKO Pictures in the early '30s were Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, a duo who had scored on Broadway when Florenz Ziegfeld teamed them for Rio Rita and brought the act to the screen in the musical's 1929 film version. With nonsensical plots and rapid-fire gags, their films were huge hits, particularly among lower-income audiences. As a result, RKO tried to double their box office by trying the pair in solo films. Wheeler romanced frequent leading lady Dorothy Lee in Too Many Cooks (1931), while the older Woolsey played a carnival con artist who adopts orphan Anita Louise in this film. When she falls for a handsome law student, he settles down in the youth's small town, using his carnival pitch to save a local auction house and charming the local society by pretending to be European royalty. Everything's Rosie has an impeccable comic pedigree. Director Clyde Bruckman and writer Al Boasberg had worked on some of Buster Keaton's greatest films. Co-writer Tim Whelan had written for Harold Lloyd and Harry Langdon, while dialogue writer Ralph Spence had written titles for some of Marion Davies's best comedies. Throw in the beauty of the 16-year-old Louise, and you have a charming little film. Sadly, Woolsey without Wheeler wasn't as much of a draw as Woolsey with Wheeler, so the studio didn't give them any other solo assignments.

By Violet Levoit

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