Strike Me Pink (1936): Taurog’s Comedy Starring Eddie Cantor and Ethel Marmon

Directed by Norman Taurog, Strike Me Pink is an American musical comedy, starring Eddie Cantor and Ethel Marmon in an early (and rare) screen performance.

The tale is based upon the novel Dreamland by the writer Clarence Budington Kelland, also used in a 1933 stage musical comedy by Ray Henderson and Jimmy Durante.

Cantor plays Eddie Pink, a nebbish employee of an amusement park, forced to assert himself against a gang of  racketeers.

The climax involves a wild chase over a roller coaster and in a hot-air balloon, shot at The Pike in Long Beach, California.

The film was Eddie Cantor’s sixth of six films for Samuel Goldwyn, all produced and released within 7 years.

The tale is based upon the novel Dreamland by the writer Clarence Budington Kelland, also used in a 1933 stage musical comedy by Ray Henderson and Jimmy Durante.

Black-and-white

Running time: 100 Minutes

Released on January 24, 1936, the movie was commercially successful, earning $1.7 million.

Note:

I am grateful to TCM for showing the film on January 25, 2019.