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Blessed Event is one of several early-1930s films inspired by the meteoric rise to fame of gossip columnist Walter Winchell--and like most such films, its title is based on a Winchell tag line. Lee Tracy plays a glib-tongued reporter who is conducting a feud with popular singer Dick Powell (making his film debut). Along the way, Tracy offends a powerful gangster, and in so doing becomes entangled with chorus girl Mary Brian. The film is at its best when parodying commercial radio of the era (notably an inane jingle for "Shapiro Shoes" warbled by Dick Powell). The original Broadway stage version of Blessed Event was written by Manuel Seff and Forrest Wilson--and reportedly inspired by the career of Ruby Keeler, who rose to stardom thanks in part to the patronage of a New York mobster. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Lee Tracy
as Alvin Roberts
Mary Brian
as Gladys
Allen Jenkins
as Frankie Wells
Ruth Donnelly
as Miss Stevens
Ned Sparks
as Moxley
Dick Powell
as Bunny Harmon
Edwin Maxwell
as Goebel
Emma Dunn
as Mrs. Roberts
Isabel Jewell
as Dorothy
George Chandler
as Hanson
Frank McHugh
as Reilly
Tom Dugan
as Cooper
Walter Miller
as Boldt
William Halligan
as Herbert Flint
George Meeker
as Church
Walter Walker
as Louis Miller
Ruth Hall
as Miss Bauman
Herman Bing
as Emil
Lew Harvey
as Joe
Bobby Gordon
as Office Boy
Harold Waldridge
as Bell Boy
Jesse de Vorska
as Sapiro
Reginald Barlow
Jack LaRue
as Louis De Marco

Crew

Roy Del Ruth
Director
Manuel Seff
Play Author
Manuel Seff
Screenwriter
Sol Polito
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon
Editor
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