Synopsis: Football player John Kent tags along as Huck Haines and the Wabash Indianians travel to an engagement in Paris, only to lose it immediately. John and company visit his aunt, owner of a posh fashion house run by her assistant, Stephanie. There they meet the singer Scharwenka (alias Huck's old friend Lizzie), who gets the band a job. Meanwhile, Madame Roberta passes away and leaves the business to John and he goes into partnership with Stephanie.
Director(s): William A. Seiter
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

You mustn't do that. You might be killed.

Oh, you speak English.


Oh, don't go away. I want to thank you.

Gee, you saved my life.

I'm ever so much obliged to you.

Oh, it's nothing at all.

Oh, I mean you're welcome, of course.

Do you know

where I can find Madam Roberta?

Yes. Come with me.

I didn't really mean that

about a dumb foreigner.

I forgive you.

Gee, that's swell.

You speak English beautifully.

Long ago I went to school in England.

Did you like it?

Oh, yes, I like the English.

And the Americans, too.

Gee, that's swell.

- I'm an American.

- Gee, that's...

I mean, I thought so.

Will you sit here, please?

Thank you.

But Minnie, you've made a mistake

in the year. You don't look a day over...

- Stephanie!

- How do you do, Lord Henry?

My dear.

I saw your cousin,

Prince Peter, last week in Rome.

He asked after you most solicitously.

I hope you told him I had gone to work

and he should do the same.

When all you titled aristocrats get jobs,

maybe Europe can settle down

to a few years' peace.

What is it, Stephanie?

There's a young gentleman outside

from America, waiting to see you.

Young gentleman from America?



Bring him in, Stephanie. Bring him in!

No, wait. Don't let him come

until I've powdered my nose.

Give me that compact, Henry.

Quick, quick, the compact!

How does he look?

He must look all right.

- Send him in, Stephanie.

- Yes, madame.

- This "John from America", who is he?

- My nephew.

I met him when I was there a few years

ago and took a great fancy to him.

He's quite famous in his way.

"All-American halfback" or

"three quarters back" or something.

- Really?

- Yes, you know, it's queer,

but when you

happen to like your relatives,

you like them better than other people.

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Jerome Kern

Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Song Is You", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg. A native New Yorker, Kern created dozens of Broadway musicals and Hollywood films in a career that lasted for more than four decades. His musical innovations, such as 4/4 dance rhythms and the employment of syncopation and jazz progressions, built on, rather than rejected, earlier musical theatre tradition. He and his collaborators also employed his melodies to further the action or develop characterization to a greater extent than in the other musicals of his day, creating the model for later musicals. Although dozens of Kern's musicals and musical films were hits, only Show Boat is now regularly revived. Songs from his other shows, however, are still frequently performed and adapted. Many of Kern's songs have been adapted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes. more…

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