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Snowed Under (1936)

Alan Tanner's new play opens in a week, but Tanner just can't finish the third act. He's retreated to a snowbound cottage to work, but blonde neighbor Pat Quinn wants to play. Producer ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
George Brent ... Alan Tanner
Genevieve Tobin ... Alice Merritt
Glenda Farrell ... Daisy Lowell
Patricia Ellis ... Pat Quinn
Frank McHugh ... Orlando Rowe
John Eldredge ... McBride
Porter Hall ... Arthur Layton
Helen Lowell ... Mrs.Canterbury
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lester Dorr ... Man in Producer's Office (scenes deleted)
John Elliott ... First Actor (scenes deleted)
Stuart Holmes ... Second Actor (scenes deleted)
Naomi Judge Naomi Judge ... Girl (scenes deleted)
Milton Kibbee ... Bartender (scenes deleted)
Iris March Iris March ... Girl (scenes deleted)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Man in Producer's Office (scenes deleted)


Alan Tanner's new play opens in a week, but Tanner just can't finish the third act. He's retreated to a snowbound cottage to work, but blonde neighbor Pat Quinn wants to play. Producer Arthur Layton sends Alice, Alan's first wife, to help him stick to business. But then Daisy, his second wife, shows up wanting her alimony. Stranded with two wives, a girlfriend, and a jug of applejack, Alan still has to finish his play! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

4 April 1936 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the movie, Mr. Layton (Porter Hall) has a large cigar in his mouth. The cigar moves from side to side as the camera angle changes. Much too fast and not in continuity with the scene. See more »


Pat Quinn: Last summer you wouldn't have turned me out in the snow.
Alan Tanner: Last summer there wasn't any snow.
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Variations in the score during the opening credits
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Nice Little Gem with Great Cast
6 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Snowed Under (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Surprisingly entertaining comedy about a writer (George Brent) who flees to a cabin in Conneticut to try and finish up a play that is due in a week. The show's producer gets worried so he sends the writer's first wife (Genevieve Tobin) to try and help him and before long his second wife (Glenda Farrell) shows up demanding that he be thrown in jail over back alimony. SNOWED UNDER is a pretty far-fetched little comedy but the terrific cast and its fast-pace makes it a real winner and it's really too bad that the film isn't better known because it's a pretty good little gem. I think the strongest thing the film has going in its favor is the terrific cast with Brent, Tobin and Farrell leading the way with their top-notch performances. You've also got Patricia Ellis playing a young woman also in love with the writer, Frank McHugh as a deputy sent to arrest him and John Eldredge and Helen Lowell are also good in their supporting bits. The entire cast works so well together and the dialogue they're having to spill is flying out a mile a minute. The dialogue is delivered in an extremely fast way and the entire cast does well to really push it and make it funny. Some of the best moments deal with the three women constantly fighting amongst each other trying to see why one wants to be with the writer or why they were ever with him. The sequence where the writer decides he wants to go to jail instead of staying in the house was pretty good. The location, a small house in the woods, is the perfect setting and you really do feel as if you're in this place with all these characters as things start to go crazy. Fans of the 30s comedies should really enjoy this and it certainly deserves to be better known.

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