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Dames (1934)



Dames

(1934)

Comedy / Musical

Directed by Busby Berkeley

Cast: Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Zasu Pitts, Guy Kibbee and Hugh Herbert

Unconventional multimillionaire Ezra Ounce’s purpose in life is making sure American values are the way they are supposed to be and starts a huge movement throughout the country. He wants to feel complacent that his riches will go to outstanding family members, so he travels to New York City to see his cousin Matilda Hemingway. He is not too happy when he visits a musical comedy show where Matilda’s daughter, Barbara is a dancer and singer. He finds most of these shows distasteful as well as the people in charge of them.  Barbara happens to be in love with striving singer and songwriter Jimmy Higgens. Ezra decides to exclude Jimmy from his inheritance, for he is the thirteenth cousin of Barbara.

Matilda's husband, Horace encounters a showgirl by the name of Mabel. When the show is cancelled, she manages to sneak into Horace’s train carriage in order to get back home. Horace is horrified when he finds her and afraid of defamation, he provides her with some money and leaves her a note informing her not to tell anyone regarding their meeting. Mabel then realizes that Horace is the father of Barbara, so she extorts him into supporting Jimmy’s show.

  
 




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