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Hi, Nellie! (1934)

The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.


Mervyn LeRoy


Abem Finkel (screen play), Sidney Sutherland (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Samuel N. Bradshaw aka Brad
Glenda Farrell ... Gerry Krale
Ned Sparks ... Shammy
Robert Barrat ... Beau Brownell
Berton Churchill ... J.L. Graham
Kathryn Sergava ... Grace
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Fullerton
Douglass Dumbrille ... Harvey Dawes (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Edward Ellis ... O'Connell
Paul Kaye Paul Kaye ... Helwig
Donald Meek ... Durkin
Dorothy Libaire ... Rosa Marinello (as Dorothy Le Baire)
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Canfield
George Meeker ... Sheldon
Harold Huber ... Leo


Managing Editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to run a story linking the disappearance of Frank Canfield with embezzlement of the bank. He considers Frank a straight shooter and he goes easy on the story. Every other paper goes with the story that Frank took the money and Brad is demoted, by the publisher, to the Heartthrob column - writing advice to the lovelorn. After feeling sorry for himself for two months, he takes the column seriously and makes it the talk of the town. But Brad still wants his old job back so he will have to find Canfield and the missing money. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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English | Italian

Release Date:

20 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'imprevisto See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Brad's contact salary of $15,000 per year would equate to about $290,000 per year in 2018. See more »


At the Merry-Go-Round club, Leo removes Sheldon's hat. But, in the next long shot with Brad and Shammy looking on, Sheldon's hat is back on. Plus, he's slumped over and his face is not visible, so Shammy couldn't identify him. In the next shot, Leo has Sheldon's hat in his hand again. See more »


Version of The House Across the Street (1949) See more »


From Me to You
Written by Wayne King, Fabian Andre and Nat Conney
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A great movie title and a Paul Muni showcase
9 August 2014 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

Hi, Nellie is one of the most arch, hilarious movie titles I've ever encountered. At first it sounds banal, but as it's tossed around in different scenes by different characters, it gets funnier and funnier. There's a barroom scene that's a howler.

But rather than just a prop for the title's running gag, the story is quite interesting on its own. It involves a newspaper and corruption and a missing banker, and things aren't what they seem. We're taken through some amazing sets. it's impressive to see how many resources were plowed into them by the studio, from tracking shots of the cavernous newsroom, of teeming city streets, of the interior of an elaborate nightclub, all following Paul Muni, who, by the way, is a rough-and-tumble editor relegated to the lovelorn column by his publisher.

And this is a great showcase for Muni. Most of his scenes show him in closeup. Remember, Cagney had Public Enemy and Muni had Scarface, both intensely focused on their personas. I think Muni, because of his stage background, overdraws his character in movie closeups. (He may have won the Oscar for Louis Pasteur because he wore a beard that restrained his over-expressiveness.) But hey, it's Muni, and it's fun to see him do his stuff.

This is a comedy-crime flick, fast-paced, with rapid-fire dialog between great Warner players, so you have to pay attention. There's a scene where a dim young reporter tells Muni that the children's picnic he was assigned to cover didn't occur because the boat taking the kids to the venue ran aground on a sandbar and broke up, so he only had one paragraph to report. This is great stuff!

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