Man About Town


1h 25m 1939

Brief Synopsis

Producer Bob Temple, who's brought an American show to London, loves his star Diana, but she won't take him seriously as a lover. To show her, he picks up stranger Lady Arlington, whose financier husband neglects her. On a weekend at the Arlington country house, Bob is used by both Lady A. and her friend to make their husbands jealous; this works all too well, and Bob is in danger from both husbands.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 7, 1939
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 29 Jun 1939
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

American comedian Bob Temple has a reputation for being a perfect gentleman with the ladies and therefore, a perfect bore. Consequently, although Bob is in love with leading lady Diana Wilson, she seems to be interested in him only as a friend. With the encouragement of his butler, Rochester, Bob decides to rebel against his "safe" reputation and, while in London, begins a clumsy pursuit of the beautiful Lady Arlington, unaware that she is married. For her part, Lady Arlington is a neglected wife, and through the urging of her French houseguest, Mme. Dubois, invites Bob to a weekend party at her estate, hoping to instill jealousy in her husband John. The ruse succeeds, and not only does John become jealous, but so do M. Dubois and Diana after John reveals that he saw Bob kiss Mme. Dubois. As a result, both husbands arm themselves with pistols, and accompanied by an angry Diana, confront Bob during his opening night performance. He is saved, however, when Rochester appears with a baby and pretends that it is Bob and Diana's legitimate child. Lady Arlington then confesses that the alleged affair was all her fault, and thus saved, Bob and Diana are finally able to pursue their love for each other.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 7, 1939
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 29 Jun 1939
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Use a little imagination, Rochester. What would you order if you wanted to make an impression?
- Bob Temple
How about fish and chips and a couple of bottles of gin?
- Rochester
Rochester, you never ask a titled lady for her phone number. We just had lunch.
- Bob Temple
Man, that's like readin' one page and throwin' away the book.
- Rochester
Bob, you're shaking like a leaf.
- Ted Nash
Shaking like a leaf! What's a leaf got to shake about?
- Bob Temple

Trivia

Originally, this film was to feature Betty Grable opposite Jack Benny in the role of Diana Wilson, but because of illness she had to be replaced by Dorothy Lamour. She recovered in time, however, to contribute a song.

Notes

The opening credits of the film identify actor Eddie Anderson only by his character name, Rochester, but the closing credits list his real name and credit his role. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, the original story for this picture was written by Benn Levy, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that General Foods displayed posters for this film in all its Jello outlets.