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The Perfect Gentleman(1935)

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According to an M-G-M pressbook for this film, Edward Childs Carpenter adapted Cosmo Hamilton's short story as a stage vehicle for Frank Morgan, but the play was never produced. Studio records also indicate that Dave Marx, a former M-G-M property boy, played a small role in this film, as did director Tim Whelan. Whelan took over the part of an usher when he decided to re-shoot a scene after the original player was released. This film marked the American screen debuts of stage actor Richard Waring and actress Cicely Courtneidge, who was borrowed by M-G-M from British-Gaumont in exchange for Madge Evans and Jean Parker. As noted in this film's publicity material, a special set was constructed at M-G-M for the scene in the London music hall where alternating shots of Courtneidge's failing stage performance and the audience's reaction in the gallery were required. The gallery was built on an elevator that could be raised for the theater shots and lowered for other shots, thus allowing the camera to remain fixed at one postion. The balloon dance routine, which featured thirty-six dancers and was rehearsed at the Biltmore Theatre in Los Angeles, proved to be a troublesome affair when the balloons began popping during the rehearsal of the number. The problem was apparently solved by trimming the dancers' fingernails. A Hollywood Reporter production chart refers to this film as A Perfect Gentleman and incorrectly lists actor Richard Waring as Robert Waring. Other Hollywood Reporter production charts list actors Robin Adair, Earle Hodgins, Claude King, Oscar Radin, Elsa Buchanan and Harry Stubbs in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter pre-release news items list actors Robert Cory, Ottola Nesmith and Gyles Isham in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has also not been confirmed. According to Hollywood Reporter pre-release news items, following a sneak preview in which a trial ending was used, M-G-M decided to shoot another week on the picture and give it a new ending. For this, M-G-M assigned writers Lew Lipton and Leon Gordon to write new comedy sequences. This film was released in Great Britain as The Imperfect Lady.