Hi, Nellie! (1934)

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The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.

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  • Glenda Farrell and Paul Muni in Hi, Nellie! (1934)
  • Kathryn Sergava in Hi, Nellie! (1934)
  • Paul Muni in Hi, Nellie! (1934)
  • Robert Barrat and Paul Muni in Hi, Nellie! (1934)
  • Glenda Farrell and Paul Muni in Hi, Nellie! (1934)
  • Glenda Farrell and Paul Muni in Hi, Nellie! (1934)

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19 October 1999 | Chappy-7
| Paul Muni proves he can play comedy as well as drama!
Bette Davis is quoted as once saying that the great character actor Paul Muni tried to hide himself under all kinds of makeup, so that no one would ever know who he was or what he looked like. Well, in many of his early films, the real Muni is quite visible. Here, Warner's one time "resident thespian" does a slick turn as the managing editor of a big city newspaper. He gets demoted to writing an advice to the lovelorn column and spends the rest of the film trying to get the goods on a gang of hoods, hoping it will get him his old managing editor's job back. Glenda Farrell plays his female antagonist while sour face Ned Sparks is along for the ride as a city beat reporter. A solid role for Muni, with lots of comedy, which he pulls off well. I suppose the comedy was a welcome change from his usual heavy drama, falling somewhere between "I Was a Fugitive From a Chain Gang", "Scarface" and "Louis Pasteur." Watch and enjoy Muni's talents. His 5 Oscar nominations should speak for themselves, but it seems, over 30 years after his death, he's not as well remembered as several of his contemporaries, which is a shame.

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