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After Martin J. Canavan is appointed city editor of the New York Daily Express , rival reporter Steve Leyton quits. When a hot tip comes in that the multi-millionaire tin-can heiress, Tony Gateson, will be landing shortly at the Newark airport, Marty accepts a sock in the jaw from Steve and tricks him into covering the story. At the airport, Steve gains Tony's confidence after posing as the leader of a special police detail to help her and learns that she has broken with her fiancé, Count Andre de Guyon, whom she calls a "blue-blooded moron." When Tony learns Steve's identity and he refuses to kill the story about the breakup, she announces to the other reporters that she and Steve have become engaged, so that he will experience what it feels like to be a "public freak." Marty fires Steve, who is hounded by autograph-seekers and a horde of salemen. Tony then agrees to meet him for lunch to discuss the situation. Steve brings Marty to prove that the story is not true, but Tony kisses Steve passionately so that photographers from the other papers can get pictures of them. Steve follows Tony into the country, where she is arrested for speeding and reckless driving. After learning that Steve has convinced the judge to sentence her to thirty days, Tony sends him on an errand to her car and then has him arrested for trying to rob it. She tells the other reporters that "Stevekins" had himself thrown in jail to be near her. The next day, after she is released and pays Steve's fine, she tries to attract his attention by faking an accident in her car. Steve, however, carries her from the car and drops her in a pool of mud. Later, when Tony tells Steve that she plans to "jilt" him to create more headlines and humiliation for him, Steve says that he is glad because it will help publicize the vaudeville act he plans to do to recreate their "romance." Horrified, Tony refuses to jilt him, and Steve impulsively kisses her passionately, which causes them both to realize that their charade has gone too far. Tony agrees to call off the engagement quickly and quietly and to give Marty the exclusive story the next morning. The next day, after Tony has not shown up, Steve bets Marty a sock on the jaw that she will appear by 10:15. However, Tony, having learned that her friend, Lois Westcott, is about to marry the count, rushes to city hall to stop them. She convinces the count that she still loves him and at 10:15, as Marty socks Steve, calls the Daily Express with the story that she will marry the count. After the call, Steve demands repayment and socks Marty back. At city hall, after the count tells Lois about his change in wedding plans, Tony admits that she was only pretending so she could reveal to Lois that the count is really a cad. Tony goes to see Steve and, when she finds him rehearsing a scene from the vaudeville act, calls him despicable. She confides in her wealthy uncle, Cyrus Jeffrey, who has liked Steve all along, and Cyrus, without her knowledge, buys a half interest in the newspaper with the condition that Steve be made managing editor. When Marty learns that Steve is now his boss, he demands to be taken off the payroll. In the midst of their argument, the count arrives and offers ten of Tony's love letters for $10,000. Tony arrives and offers the count $25,000 for them, but Steve keeps them stating that he and the count already made a deal. Tony leaves upset and Marty socks the count, while Steve puts a box marked "Gateson letters" into a safe. Publisher J. D. Jones then demands the letters and reveals that Cyrus is half owner of the paper. Steve quits, thinking that Tony got him his new position. When the box is opened and Tony sees that Steve has destroyed the letters, she tearfully voes to "eat crow." She chases Steve into a drugstore pay phone, demanding an interview and asking questions such as, "Don't you think Tony Gateson is a human being" and "When are you going to act like one yourself?" Steve calls Marty, and as Marty listens and a crowd watching from outside cheers, Steve kisses Tony.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||not available|
|Release Date:||1937||Production Date:||
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
|Color/B&W:||Black and White||Distributions Co:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.|
|Sound:||Mono||Production Co:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.|
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Judy laucka 2018-02-08
This is such a cute movie,sit back and enjoy. There is great chemistry between young and power!
Loretta and Ty Fun
Screwball formulas are peppered with Runyonesque details. The rambling pace is perfect for this mating with the leisure class, done with the discrete charm...
Not so hot
el debbo 2015-06-14
Although the leads are lovely to look at, I had recently watched the superior remake of this story "That Wonderful Urge" so I was unimpressed...