The Show-Off (1934 film)
|Written by||George Kelly (play)|
Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay)
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Edited by||William S. Gray|
Based on the hit play by George Kelly, it made a profit of $78,000. Previously filmed twice by Paramount Pictures in 1926 and 1930, MGM remade the film in 1946, starring Red Skelton and Marilyn Maxwell.
Out sailing one day, J. Aubrey Piper saves a man from drowning. He overhears an impressed Amy Fisher's remark and looks her up in New Jersey, irritating her family with his constant bragging but winning Amy, who marries him.
A humble railroad clerk, Aubrey keeps pretending to be a more important man. He spends lavishly, piling up so much debt that he and Amy must move in with her parents. He gets fired by his boss Preston for making a wild offer on a piece of land, overstepping his authority by far.
Amy is fed up and intends to leave him. Aubrey runs into her brother Joe, an inventor whose rust-prevention idea has received a firm offer of $5,000. Aubrey goes to the firm and demands Joe get $100,000 plus a 50% ownership interest. The company rescinds its offer entirely.
Everybody's fed up with Aubrey, but suddenly Joe rushes home to say the company's changed its mind, offering him $50,000 plus 20%. And the railroad property paid off, too, so Aubrey's offered his old job back, with a raise. He knows how lucky he's been and that he should just shut up, but he just can't.
- Spencer Tracy as Aubrey
- Madge Evans as Amy
- Claude Gillingwater as Preston
- Henry Wadsworth as Joe
- Lois Wilson as Clara
- James Curtis, Spencer Tracy: A Biography, Alfred Knopf, 2011 p231
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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