This week’s mystery movie has been the 1933 RKO picture “Professional Sweetheart,” directed by William A. Seiter, written by Maurine Watkins, photographed by Edward Cronjager, with Ginger Rogers, Norman Foster, Zasu Pitts, Frank McHugh, Allen Jenkins, Gregory Ratoff, Franklin Pangborn, Lucien Littlefield, Edgar Kennedy, Frank Darien and Sterling Holloway.
As far as I can tell, it has never been commercially released on VHS or DVD.
“Professional Sweetheart” opened in Los Angeles on July 28, 1933, at the RKO Hillstreet, as advertised in the Los Angeles Times. It was paired with the comedy short “Divorce Courtship,” with Joseph Cawthorn. “Professional Sweetheart” ran for a week and was replaced by “Moonlight and Pretzels,” with Mary Brian, Roger Pryor, Lillian Miles and Leo Carrillo.
A review by F.S.N. for the New York Times (July 14, 1933) said:
Miss Rogers has rarely been more entertaining, and Norman Foster is a properly open-minded, radio-struck mountaineer. Gregory Ratoff as Ipswick; Frank McHugh and Franklin Pangborn as his assistants; Zasu Pitts as a sob-sister; Edgar Kennedy as Kelcey, and Allen Jenkins and Lucien Littlefield complete a cast which brought grins and chuckles from an amused audience yesterday.
Philip K. Scheuer of the Los Angeles Times said (July 31, 1933):
Wary of the heat, the RKO Hillstreet Theater has booked a film which would be no tax on its audience in “Professional Sweetheart,” which screened yesterday. Nothing about this innocuous comedy could possibly cause one to run a temperature unless it be the sight of Ginger Rogers, the leading lady, scampering about in her under things. Let it be said without delay that Miss Rogers is an elegant scamperer.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Lucien Littlefield.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Mary MacLaren.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Sheila (mystery guest/wrong movie), Patrick (Monday’s mystery guest), Mark A. Vieira (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest), Mike Hawks (Monday’s mystery guest) and Patrick (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).
For Wednesday, we have a theme going: Mystery women on the phone.
Update: This is June Brewster.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman), Patrick (Tuesday’s mystery woman) and Sheila (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery woman).
For Thursday, a couple of mugs in monkey suits.
Update, this is Gregory Ratoff and Edgar Kennedy.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery phone woman) and Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery phone woman).
And for Friday….
Update: Franklin Pangborn and Ginger Rogers.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Sheila (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Benito (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 2), Bob Hansen (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 1) and B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests).