No, No, Nanette (1930 film)

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No, No, Nanette
Directed by Clarence G. Badger
Produced by Ned Marin
Written by Howard Emmett Rogers
Beatrice Van
based on the play by Otto A. Harbach
Frank Mandel
Starring Bernice Claire
Alexander Gray
Louise Fazenda
Lilyan Tashman
Zasu Pitts
Music by Cecil Copping, Alois Reiser
Cinematography Sol Polito (Technicolor)
Edited by Frank Mandel
Distributed by First National Pictures: A Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Release dates February 16, 1930 (1930-02-16)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

No, No, Nanette (1930) is an all-talking pre-code musical comedy film with Technicolor sequences produced and released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.. It was adapted from the play of the same title by Otto A. Harbach and Frank Mandel. No, No, Nanette was a popular show on Broadway, running for 321 performances, and was produced and directed by Harry Frazee.


Jim Smith (Lucien Littlefield), a millionaire due to his Bible publishing business, is married to the overly frugal Sue (Louise Fazenda). They desire to teach their ward Nanette (Bernice Claire), who has an untapped wild side, wants to have some fun in Atlantic City, and is being pursued by Tom Trainor (Alexander Gray), to be a respectable young lady. With so much unspent income at his disposal, Jim decides to become the benefactor for three beautiful women, but soon realizes his good intentions are bound to get him in trouble. He enlists his lawyer friend Bill (Bert Roach) to help him discreetly ease the girls out of his life. Sue and Billy's wife, Lucille (Lilyan Tashman), learn about the women and assume their husbands are having affairs with them. Eventually, Bill and Jim explain the situation and are forgiven by their wives. Likewise, Nanette and Tom sort out their difficulties and decide to be married.



  • "Were You Just Pretending?" by Herman Ruby and M.K. Jerome
  • "In A Japanese Garden"
  • "A Trip To Mars"
  • "The Dance of the Wooden Shoes"
  • "As Long As I'm With You" by Harry Akst and Grant Clarke
  • "King of the Air"
  • "Tea For Two"
  • "I Want to be Happy"
  • "Dancing to Heaven"


No film elements are known to exist. The complete soundtrack survives on Vitaphone disks.

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