Me and My Gal
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Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byBarry Conners (story)
Philip Klein (story)
Arthur Kober (screenplay)
Produced byWilliam Fox
StarringSpencer Tracy
Joan Bennett
Marion Burns
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byJack Murray
Production
company
Release date
  • December 3, 1932 (1932-12-03)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Me and My Gal is a 1932 American pre-Code drama and romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett, directed by Raoul Walsh, and released by the Fox Film Corporation. The film tells the story of jaunty young policeman Danny Dolan (Tracy), who falls in love with waterfront cafe waitress Helen Riley (Bennett). The picture flopped, setting an all-time low attendance record at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.[citation needed] The film is revered as a classic today, featuring one of Tracy's most energetic and complex performances.

Plot

In this wisecracking comedy, Danny Dolan (Spencer Tracy) is a cop whose beat is the New York waterfront. Danny has a soft spot for Helen Riley (Joan Bennett), a sharp-tongued waitress at a cheap diner, while her scatter-brained sister Kate (Marion Burns) is in love with Duke (George Walsh), a sleazy low-level mobster. While Duke makes a play for Kate, both Helen and Dan know that he's bad news, and Danny wants to put Duke behind bars before he can break Kate's heart.

Cast

Production

Development

Bennett and Tracy made She Wanted a Millionaire that same year, with their billing reversed (Bennett billed over Tracy), and also played a married couple two decades later in Father of the Bride and Father's Little Dividend.

Me and My Gal was directed by Raoul Walsh, one of the greatest directors of the studio system, having directed Regeneration (1915), The Big Trail (1930), White Heat (1949). He was also the brother of George Walsh, who plays the villain.

It was remade as a B film in 1940 by Fox as Pier 13, directed by Eugene Forde.

Preservation status

A copy is held in the U.S. Library of Congress collection.[1]

References

  1. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collections and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.114 c.1978 by The American Film Institute