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Hold That Kiss

Hold That Kiss(1938)

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Tommy Bradford, a travel agency clerk, dreams of going on all of the romantic trips he sells. June Evans, a model at Maurice's exclusive dress shop, also has dreams of travel and riches. When they meet at the wedding of millionaire J. Westley Piermont's daughter Nadine, because both doing are doing special errands, each thinks that the other is rich and cultured. Piermont, who is very forgetful, doesn't remember where he has met Tommy or June, and thus can't dispute Tommy's claim to be a foreign correspondent, or June's indication that she is a debutante. At home that evening, June, who lives with her mother and three brothers in a small apartment, decides to call Tommy, and he asks her out, after first pretending to be a Chinese butler. Because Tommy is broke, his roommate Al suggests that a dog show would be the perfect date, because it is "social," and also cheap. At the show, they run into Piermont, who has two dogs entered, one a St. Bernard. Because Tommy has memorized a lot of information on St. Bernards to sell tour packages to Switzerland, he impresses June, as well as Piermont, who says that if the St. Bernard wins instead of the other dog, then Tommy can have him. When the St. Bernard does win, Piermont insists on giving the dog to Tommy who, in turn, gives the dog to June. Something that Tommy says that evening makes June think that he is the son of a millionaire horse breeder, and when he mentions that Ebony Star is a good bet, she passes on the information to her horse-playing brother Steve. At the bookie parlor, Al, who coincidentally is a crony of Steve's, bets two dollars for Steve, and twenty for himself at eighten-to-one odds. When the horse wins, a joyous Al calls Tommy to say that he will buy opera tickets so that Tommy can show June a classy time. Waiting in the bookie's, though, Al loses everything on other bets. Meanwhile, to help her niece, June's Aunt Lucy, a cook for a Park Avenue family on vacation, agrees to let June's family stay at the apartment, dog and all. Following various additional complications to their respective shams, June and Tommy fall in love and June invites him to dinner at the swank apartment, the same day that Steve decides to pawn the rich family's silver. During dinner, while everyone tries to outdo one another with tales of wealth and accomplishment, the police arrive with the silverware and the suspected thief, Al. A bewildered Al then says that Steve gave him to silverware to pawn, and Lucy, who now recognizes Tommy as an employee of the travel agency that her employers use, realizes what has happened. After the police become convinced that Steve is just a kleptomaniac, Tommy tells June that he is really just a working man and they live in different worlds. Rather than believing him and confessing her own fraud, though, June thinks that he is just trying to drop her and tells him to leave. Both June and Tommy are miserable until Aunt Lucy goes to Tommy and convinces him that June is just a model at Maurice's. After going to Maurice's and having her model clothes "for his fiancé," Tommy waits for June in the delivery van and they begin a new, more honest relationship.