Gift Of Gab (Universal Studios, 1934)

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An all-star vehicle featuring radio, music and film stars, Gift of Gab featured Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in cameo roles in a short radio murder mystery skit. Lugosi filmed his part during the making of the serial The Return of Chandu (1934). Gift of Gab also featured Mr. Jiggs, the pairs feline co-star from The Black Cat. The film’s star, Edmund Lowe, also appeared with Lugosi in The Silent Command (1923), Women of All Nations (1931), Chandu the Magician (1932) and Best Man Wins (1935).

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Production Company: Universal Studios

Producer: Carl Laemmle, Jr.

Associate Producer: Rian James

Director: Karl Freund

Assistant Directors: Sergei Petschnikoff and Ed Tyler

Screenplay: Rian James and Lou Breslow

Original Story: Jerry Wald and Philip G. Epstein

Cinematography: George Robinson and Harold Wenstrom

Special photography: John P. Fulton

Art Director: David Garber

Musical Director: Edward Ward

Music: Albert von Tilzer, Con Conrad and Charles Tobias

Editor: Raymond Curtiss

Costume Design: Vera West

Script Clerk: Myrtle Gibsone

Running Time: 68 minutes

Copyright Number: LP4950, September 17 1934

Cast:

Edmund Lowe: Phillip “Gift of Gab” Gabney

Gloria Stewart: Barbara Kelton

Ruth Etting: Ruth

Phil Baker: Doctor

Ethel Waters: Herself

Alice Whit: Margot

Victor Moore: Colonel Horatios Trivers

Hugh O’Connell: Patsy

Binnie Barnes: Maid

Helen Vinson: Nurse

Tom Hanlon: Radio Announcer

Henry Armetta: Janitor

Andy Devin: John P. McDougal 

Wini Shaw: Cabaret singer

Marion Byron: Telephone girl

Sterling Holloway: Sound effects man

Edwin Maxwell: Norton, President of WGAB

Leighton Noble: Orchestra leader

Maurice Black: Auction room owner

Tammany Young: Mug

James Flavin: Alumni president

Billy Barty: Baby

Richard Elliot: Father

Florence Enright: Mother

Warner Richmond: Cop

The Three Stooges (Sid Walker, Skins Miller and Jack Harling)

Sidney Skolsky: Movie magazine columnist

Boris Karloff: The Phantom

Bela Lugosi: French Apache dancer

Alexander Woolcott: Himself

Paul Lukas: The corpse

Chester Morris: Doyle

The Downey Sisiters: Themselves

Douglas Montgomery

Gene Austin with Candy and Coco: Radio artists

Douglas Fowley: Mac

June Knight: Lottie Von Pepper

Dave O’Brien: Dance floor extra

Dennis O’Keefe: Dance floor extra

The Beale Street Boys: Themselves

Graham McNamee: Sportscaster

Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra: Themselves

Mr. Jiggs: Black cat

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The Evening Independent, June 26, 1934

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The Evening Independent, July 12, 1934

Gift of Gab, The Evening Independent, July 12, 1934

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Pitsburgh Post-Gazette, July 18, 1934

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Universal Weekly July 21, 1934

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Universal Weekly, July 21, 1934

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Universal Weekly, July 21, 1934

Universal Weekly, July 21, 1934

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Motion Picture Daily Aug 4 1934

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The Milwaukee Journal, August 6, 1934

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The Virgin Islands Daily News, August 13, 1835

Gift of Gab, The Virgin Islands Daily News, August 13, 1835

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Motion Picture Daily, Sept 6, 1934

Motion Picture Daily, Sept 6, 1934

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Universal Weekly September 22, 1934

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The New York Times, September 26, 1934

THE SCREEN

“Gift of Gab,” at the Rialto, flings out a diamond-studded cast that is colossal enough to choke a cow or a radio enthusiast. There are comedians, blues singers, crooners, sister teams and Alexander Woollcott, who, with his round eyes tight shut and his hands clenched, confides to the camera his anecdote of the drunk and why he called the human fly a sissy. There are Phil Baker, Ethel Waters, Victor Moore, Hugh O’Connell, Ruth Etting and Henry Armetta. To complete the inventory, there is a story about a conceited radio announcer, Edmund Lowe, who vindicates himself in the esteem of Gloria Stuart by parachuting into the mountains with a microphone in his hand to inform the world of the fate of a missing airplane. The total effect of “Gift of Gab” is that of an endless and progressively soporific procession of one-reelers strung together to make a full-length feature, and it constitutes a minor miracle that the sum of so much talent should be such meagre entertainment. Big Cast.  GIFT OF GAB, based on a story by Jerry Wald and Phil G. Epstein; music by Albert Von Tilzer, Con Conrad and Charles Tobias; directed by Karl Freund; a Universal production. At the Rialto.  Phillip Gabney . . . . . Edmund Lowe  Barbara Kelton . . . . . Gloria Stuart  Ruth . . . . . Ruth Etting  Absent-minded doctor . . . . . Phil Baker  Ethel . . . . . Ethel Waters  Margot . . . . . Alice White  Alexander Woollcoott . . . . . Alexander Woollcott  Colonel Trivers . . . . . Victor Moore  Patsy . . . . . Hugh O’Connell  Nurse . . . . . Helen Vinson  Crooner . . . . . Gene Austin  Radio announcer . . . . . Thomas Hanlon  Janitor . . . . . Henry Armetta  McDougal . . . . . Andy Devine  Cabaret singer . . . . . Wini Shaw  Telephone girl . . . . . Marion Byron  Sound effects man . . . . . Sterling Holloway  Three stooges . . . . . Sid Walker  Skins Miller  Jack Harling  Norton . . . . . Edwin Maxwell  Orchestra leader . . . . . Leighton Noble  Auction room owner . . . . . Maurice Block  Mug . . . . . Tammany Young  Alumni president . . . . . James Flavin  Baby . . . . . Billy Barty  Mother . . . . . Florence Enright  Father . . . . . Richard Elliott  Cop . . . . . Warner Richmond

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Universal Weekly, September 29, 1934

September 29, 1934 Universal Weekly (1)

Universal Weekly September 29, 1934 (2)

Universal Weekly, September 29, 1934

September 29, 1934 Universal Weekly (3)

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Eugene Register-Guard, September 30, 1934

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Photoplay Magazine, October, 1934

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Eugene Register-Guard, October 1, 1934

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Eugene Register-Guard, October 2, 1934

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Eugene Register-Guard, October 3, 1934

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Eugene Register-Guard, October 4, 1934

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Yale Daily News no. 41, Nov 9, 1934

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The Norfolk Hour, January 29, 1935

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Gift of Gab, The Norfolk Hour, January 29, 1935

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The Norfolk Hour, January 30, 1935

Gift of Gab, The Norfolk Hour, January 30, 1935

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Gift of Gab Boris Karloff, Douglas Montgomery, June Knight, Roger Pryor, Bela Lugosi and Paul Lukas relax on the set