Manuel Seff


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Blessed Event (1932) -- (Movie Clip) The Devil In Southampton Columnist Moxley (Ned Sparks) returns from vacation to chew out his substitute (Lee Tracy as Alvin Roberts) for printing outrageous society gossip, Miss Stevens (Ruth Donnelly) steering clear, when the editor Miller (Walter Walker) arrives with a surprise ruling, in director Roy Del Ruth’s Blessed Event, 1932, from Warner Bros.
Blessed Event (1932) -- (Movie Clip) How Can You Say No? Often mentioned but seen now for the first time 30-minutes into the picture, Dick Powell as radio band-leader Bunny Harmon, the frequent target and general enemy of gossip columnist Alvin (Lee Tracy) offers a tune by Joseph Burke, Al Dubin and Irving Kahal, then an insult as he hands off to Alvin, who counters, in Warner Bros.’ Blessed Event, 1932.
Blessed Event (1932) -- (Movie Clip) Do You Ever Read My Stuff? Off to a flying start in the definitive Lee Tracy pre-Code picture, his first starring role, as novice newsman Alvin, from the advertising department, filling in for a vacationing columnist, having discovered the trick of fabricating news of prominent pregnancies, Ruth Donnelly as Miss Stevens, Mary Brian as society writer Gladys, in Blessed Event, 1932, from a play by Manuel Seff and Forrest Wilson.
Gold Diggers Of 1935 (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Our Brief Summer Season A dazzling though delicate opening by Busby Berkeley, to an untitled tune by Harry Warren, no vocals and no stars but remarkable design, shooting and editing, leading to Grant Mitchell addressing his hotel staff, in Gold Diggers Of 1935, 1935, starring Dick Powell and Gloria Stuart.
Traveling Saleslady (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Try Suspenders Or Shoelaces Now working for the rival toothpaste manufacturer “Schmidt’s” because her father won’t hire her, Joan Blondell as Angela Twitchell discovers that the boss for the retailer Ruggles is her frequent Warner Bros.’ co-star Glenda Farrell, and her dad’s top salesman Pat (William Gargan), whom she hasn’t met, has her business, in Traveling Saleslady, 1935.
Housewife (1934) -- (Movie Clip) Lincoln Might Have Freed The Slaves Already on the subject of running a home on his modest salary, office manager Bill (George Brent) with wife Nan (Ann Dvorak) and son (Ronnie Cosby), off to work, then neighbor and sister-in-law Dora (Ruth Donnelly) visits and the plumber (Harry Tyler) adds to the woes, in Housewife, 1934.
Housewife (1934) -- (Movie Clip) Gone The Way Of All Flesh George (Hobart Cavanaugh) is gatekeeper for Bill (George Brent) whose ad business has mushroomed since his wife Nan (Ann Dvorak) pressed him to snag Paul (John Halliday), now their top client and pal, and copywriter Pat (Bette Davis), hired away from the competition, shows new interest, in Housewife, 1934.
Footlight Parade (1933) -- (Movie Clip) These Are Cats Not Elephants! Foreshadowing Andrew Lloyd Webber, dance director Francis (Frank McHugh) gets schooled by producer Chester (James Cagney) on the cat number, office helper Bea (Ruby Keeler) checking in, herself pursued by singer Scotty (Dick Powell), in Warner Bros.' Footlight Parade, 1933.
Footlight Parade (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Sittin' On A Backyard Fence Emergency lead Bea (Ruby Keeler) rehearsing in the cat-suit, the first Busby Berkeley number, Billy Barty as the mouse, song by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, singer Scotty (Dick Powell) still pursuing the star, in Warner Bros.' Footlight Parade, 1933.
Footlight Parade (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Only Talking Pictures Will Be Made Chester (James Cagney) and Harry (Gordon Westcott) unimpressed by what they read on a Broadway marquee, until Gould (Guy Kibbee) and Frazer (Arthur Hohl) take them to see John Wayne in Warner Bros. Telegraph Trail, opening Warner Bros. Footlight Parade, 1933.
Footlight Parade (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Dust Off The Straitjacket First scene for supreme Broadway theatrical girl-Friday Nan (Joan Blondell), dealing with everybody including thinker Hobart Cavanaugh, then her producer boss Chester (James Cagney) and office gal Bea (Ruby Keeler), in Warner Bros.' Footlight Parade, 1933.
Love On The Run (1936) -- (Movie Clip) All Snakes Live Till Sundown Having sneaked away from papparazzi disguised as a suddenly dubious royal flying couple, seat-of-the-pants pilot Mike (Clark Gable) and fugitive heiress Sally (Joan Crawford), who doesn't know he's a reporter, plan their next move, in their seventh film together, Love On The Run, 1936.