1934. USA. David Butler. 84 min.
Sunday, November 6, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1934. USA. Directed by David Butler. Screenplay by B. G. DeSylva, Butler, Sid Silvers. With Spencer Tracy, Pat Paterson, John Boles, Thelma Todd. Bottoms Up was the brainchild of the prolific Tin Pan Alley songwriter and Broadway producer “Buddy” DeSylva, who had collaborated with director Butler on three other decidedly oddball musicals for Fox. In an industry notoriously reluctant to laugh at itself, the film was an anomaly—a satire that not only took aim at Hollywood, but specifically at its own studio. The matinee idol at the film's center, who may well have been inspired by Tracy’s own circumstances at the time, is a self-loathing drunkard who considers his latest picture to be “the most stupendous piece of junk I’ve ever seen.” Tracy’s character, a cigar-brandishing con man named Smoothie, is down to his last dime and determined, with nothing more than a gardenia in his lapel, to conquer the town. Please note that the soundtrack for Bottoms Up is of poor quality. 84 min.