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Ready, Willing and Able

Original title
Ready, Willing and Able
Year
Running time
93 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Richard Macaulay, Jerry Wald, Sig Herzig, Warren Duff, Maurice Leo, Pat C. Flick, Ben Markson, Mary C. McCall Jr.
Music
Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography
Sol Polito
Cast
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Producer
Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre
Comedy. Musical. Romance
Synopsis / Plot
The Warner Bros. musicals began running out of gas in the late 1930s, yielding such lukewarm efforts as Ready, Willing and Able. Ruby Keeler, as charmingly ingenuous as ever, plays Jane, a college student with show-biz aspirations. In order to land a role in an upcoming Broadway spectacular, Jane impersonates famous British stage luminary Jane Clarke (and never mind that her British accent is as transparent as a plastic bag). On the strength of Jane's supposed reputation, fly-by-night producers Pinky Blair (Lee Dixon) and Barry Granville (Ross Alexander) convince a movie studio to pony up the money for their Broadway show. The trouble begins when the real Jane Clarke shows up, threatening lawsuits left and right. Somehow, Pinky and Barry are able to make both of their leading ladies happy, and the show goes on. The film's solitary musical highlight is "Too Marvelous For Words," performed by a battalion of leggy chorines on a huge typewriter; curiously, this very famous sequence was barely mentioned at all in the original reviews for Ready, Willing and Able. Sadly, co-star Ross Alexander died before the film was released nationally.
Awards
1937: Nominated for Oscar: Best Dance Direction
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