Ticket To Paradise (1936)

ticket to paradise 1936

Romantic comedy that gets too silly for its own good. That doesn’t mean it’s terrible. It does have it’s pleasant moments that make for some fun but it isn’t anything to go through a lot of effort to find. Roger Pryor stars as a man with amnesia.

A man tells a cab driver to hurry it up to Union Station in Chicago. The ride ends up in a collision with an ice wagon. He ends up with amnesia. He gets to the train station unsure of where he’s supposed to go and ends up in New York.

He’s got ten grand in his pocket and doesn’t know where it came from. He’s taken to the police station and then to a hospital. A team of psychiatrists led by Dr.Munson (an annoying performance from Luis Alberni) concludes he’s a cab driver.

The company is getting annoyed that he asks everyone he meets if they recognize him. Jane Forbes (Wendy Barrie) gets in his cab and isn’t happy that he keeps asking if she knows him. He sees a man in the car ahead waving at him. Thinking that means he’s recognized he follows the car despite protests from Jane.

He catches up to the car but it’s Dr.Munson. An impatiens Jane gets in the drivers seat and the man has to jump in. He’s taken the name Jack Doe. A couple cabbies spot Jane driving. They report back to the boss. Jane drives to her big home. Her father Roger is a wall street tycoon with a major securities firm. The butler Barkins is played by the always fun to watch E.E.Clive.

A big party is in progress. Jack earns the respect of Roger when he punches out an annoying guest. Since he lost the driving job Roger hires him. Jack offers a five thousand dollar reward to anyone who can find out his real identity. He gets everyone in the office involved. Roger gets upset and fires him.

No surprise that romance blooms between Jack and Jane. She tells her father that she and Jack are getting married. Roger hits them with the reality that Jack may have a wife and kids. He and Jack agree that if he doesn’t find out who he is in three weeks he’ll leave town.

Jack gets a radio station to put out an appeal and that gets a flood of letters. He and Jane drive all over the state and get nowhere. Finally in Buffalo what started as a promising lead turns into a brawl with an irate husband. That gets Jack charged with assault. He pleads guilty and is fined twenty-five dollars. Before leaving the courtroom it dawns on Jack and Jane that this could be a perfect opportunity for publicity. Jack pulls a stunt that causes a brawl.

The next day he and Jane are in a cafe checking out the newspaper. The picture doesn’t show his face but it does let the readership check out Jane’s legs. A man at another table recognizes Jack and makes a phone call to Chicago. Jack and Jane now tour the country pulling stunts to get their pictures in the paper. They’re having a field day with a runaway heiress story. Still none of the photos have a clear view of Jack’s face.

Roger is losing business because of the escapade and hires a private detective to find them and get Jane to come home. They all end up in Chicago. Jack is recognized and that leads to a sometimes silly, sometimes slapstick resolution.

References had been made to Pryor as a kind of Clark Gable. In a quick bit the movie makes fun of that publicity. Pryor  went on to lead a dance band. He went bankrupt but went on to make a good living in advertising.

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