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Servants' Entrance (1934)

Servants' Entrance is a 1934 American Pre-Code musical comedy film. The movie was written by Samson Raphaelson from the Sigrid Boo novel and directed by Frank Lloyd, with a cartoon sequence... See full summary »

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Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Sigrid Boo (novel), Samson Raphaelson (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Gaynor ... Hedda Nilsson aka Helga Brand
Lew Ayres ... Erik Landstrom
Ned Sparks ... Hjalmar Gnu
Walter Connolly ... Viktor Nilsson
Louise Dresser ... Mrs. Hansen
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Karl Berghoff
Astrid Allwyn ... Sigrid Hansen
Sig Ruman ... Hans Hansen (as Siegfried Rumann)
John Qualen ... Detective
Catherine Doucet ... Anastasia Gnu
Greta Meyer ... Anna, the Cook
Dorothy Christy ... Mrs. Knut Johnson
Josephine Whittell ... Christina
Jerry Stewart Jerry Stewart ... Olaf, the Butler
Ruth Marion Ruth Marion ... Olga, the Cook
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Servants' Entrance is a 1934 American Pre-Code musical comedy film. The movie was written by Samson Raphaelson from the Sigrid Boo novel and directed by Frank Lloyd, with a cartoon sequence by Walt Disney in which an understandably startled Janet Gaynor sings a song while obstreperous animated singing silverware prance around on her bed, an early example of combining live action with animation. Critics found this musical interlude especially charming.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chiaro di luna See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good Seldom-Seen Comedy From Fox
18 August 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Servants Entrance" is a good, funny comedy with a silly storyline which must have passed for an 'escapist' picture, this being the depths of the depression. Janet Gaynor is an heiress who feels she must go out and get a job after her wealthy father's business goes under. She learns right off that she has no skills, and falls into a housemaid's job. Lew Ayres is the chauffeur of the household in question, and takes an instant dislike to our tiny heroine. Naturally, things change before the end of the movie.

There are several hilarious scenes sprinkled throughout the film, the best, as a previous reviewer noted, is with Ned Sparks as a humorless cartoonist. Another scene is animated by the Disney studio and is a sheer delight - moviegoers will recognize the voice of one of the characters as the voice of 'Goofy', Pinto Colvig. Also in the cast is Ann Doran, in a small role as a maid. She is one of the contenders for Most Screen Credits, with 358.

"Servants Entrance" is an amiable enough comedy and is a forerunner of what was to become a staple of the 30's, a screwball comedy. All concerned do good work, and strangely enough, this picture is supposed to take place in Sweden!


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