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The Show-Off(1934)

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Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot information were taken from a cutting continuity submitted with the copyright records. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Sterling Holloway in the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. After months of searching for a lead actor, M-G-M borrowed Spencer Tracy from Fox for this production. According to modern sources, Tracy was selected for the part after M-G-M's original choice, Lee Tracy (no relation), was fired from their production of Viva Villa! and was subsequently expelled from the studio. Modern sources contend that Spencer Tracy won the part with help from M-G-M contract star Frank Morgan. Tracy's work on the film impressed M-G-M executive Irving Thalberg and was, according to modern sources, instrumental in securing him a long-term contract at that prestigious studio.
       For information on other films based on the George Kelly play, please consult the entry for the 1946 M-G-M production The Show-Off, directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Red Skelton and Marilyn Maxwell (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).