Yours for the Asking


1h 8m 1936

Brief Synopsis

Casino operator Johnny Lamb hires down-on-her-luck socialite Lucille Sutton as his casino hostess, in order to help her and to improve casino income. But Lamb's pals fear he may follow Lucille onto the straight-and-narrow path, which would not be good for business. So they hire Gert Malloy and Dictionary McKinney, a pair of con-artists, to manipulate Johnny back off the path of righteousness.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Duchess
Release Date
Jul 24, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Coronado Island, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,515ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Johnny Lamb runs a covert casino at a Miami farm, where Lucille Sutton asks him to take her jewelry in exchange for a bet, as she hopes for a windfall with which to pay her mortgage. Knowing she cannot win, Johnny refuses to accept her jewelry, and after beating up gambler Slick Doran and his compatriots for holding up his dealers, Johnny takes Lucille home. He is so impressed with her mansion that he goes into partnership with her, opening a sophisticated casino in her house, despite resistance from his friends Bicarbonate, Honeysuckle and Saratoga, who believe she is a snob who will ruin him. They are so convinced of Johnny's ultimate ruination, that they hire con artists Gertie Malloy and Dictionary McKinney to impersonate socialite Nancy Carstairs, and her uncle Col. Evelyn Carstairs, to seduce Johnny and then dump him, hoping this will rid him of Lucille. Ensnared by Gertie, Johnny asks Lucille to help him to improve his manners to impress his new girl friend. Lucille complies, although she has fallen in love with Johnny herself. Lucille discovers Gertie's ruse soon enough, however, and Gertie and Dictionary plan to get out of town quickly by pretending Gertie has fallen ill and needs to go to a warmer climate. Convinced that the "Carstairs" are down on their luck, Johnny plans to loan them fifteen thousand dollars. Saratoga, Bicarbonate and Honeysuckle mistakenly believe the money is for Lucille and confront her, but she is tired of their insinuating behavior and warns them to watch out for Gertie, rather than her. When Johnny discovers that a family heirloom of the "Carstairs" is worthless, he realizes he has been tricked and exposes Gertie and Dictionary as frauds, after which he hears of his friends' deal with them. Johnny fires Saratoga, Bicarbonate and Honeysuckle, believing they framed him for his money. Lucille's unrequited feelings for Johnny prompt her to ask him for her final check that night. Johnny, however, has had a change of heart and now wishes to operate a legal, daytime business. Within earshot of Johnny, Saratoga, Honeysuckle and Bicarbonate apologize to Lucille for their mistrust, and after Johnny and Lucille accept their apologies, and Lucille leaves. Johnny suddenly realizes that he loves Lucille and goes after her.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Duchess
Release Date
Jul 24, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Coronado Island, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,515ft (8 reels)

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Notes

According to the Screen Achievements Bulletin, Lipman and Wright's original story was called "The Duchess", which was also the pre-release title of the film. A Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Jeanne Perkins, a "Paramount student player," received her first screen role in this film. Connie Lupino was Ida Lupino's mother. The pressbook indicates some scenes were filmed at Coronado Island, CA, where Groucho Marx and Charlie Ruggles were filmed in background scenes at the beach.