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Blind Date (1934) is a charming romance starring Ann Sothern as Kitty, a hardworking switchboard operator who is engaged to auto mechanic Bob (Neil Hamilton). When Bob opens his own garage, the demands of running his own business soon take a toll on his relationship with Kitty. Frustrated, Kitty agrees to go on a blind date with Bill (Paul Kelly), the wealthy son of a department store titan. When sparks fly, Kitty is soon forced to make a difficult choice between the two men.
Blind Date was an early showcase for actress Ann Sothern, who had recently been signed to a contract with Columbia Pictures. Sothern, who is at her loveliest in the film, was still working towards the stardom that would find her a few years later at rival studio MGM.
14-year-old Mickey Rooney has a small part playing Sothern's younger brother, Freddie. Like Sothern, Rooney was not yet a household name when he made Blind Date. MGM, who had just put him under a long-term contract following his success as the title character in the popular Mickey McGuire series, loaned Rooney out to Columbia for Blind Date. It was one of over a dozen films that he made in 1934. Although his part was small, Rooney made the most of it and impressed the New York Times enough to be singled out in its review of the film as "an excellent child actor".
Director: Roy William Neill
Screenplay: Adele Buffington; Vida Hurst (adapted from a story by); Arthur Jarvis Black (uncredited)
Cinematography: Al Seigler
Film Editing: Gene Havlick
Cast: Ann Sothern (Kitty Taylor), Neil Hamilton (Bob Hartwell), Paul Kelly (Bill Lowry), Jane Darwell (Ma Taylor), Spencer Charters (Pa 'Charlie' Taylor), Joan Gale (Flora Taylor), Mickey Rooney (Freddie Taylor), Geneva Mitchell (Dot), Henry Kolker (J.W. Hartwell, Sr.), Tyler Brooke (Emory), Ben Hendricks, Jr. (Burt Stearns - Kitty's Marathon Partner), Mary Forbes (Mrs. Hartwell), Billie Seward (Barbara Hartwell).
by Andrea Passafiume