The Tenderfoot (film)

The Tenderfoot
Directed by Ray Enright
Produced by Bryan Foy
Screenplay by Earl Baldwin
Monty Banks
Arthur Caesar
Starring Joe E. Brown
Ginger Rogers
Lew Cody
Vivien Oakland
Robert Greig
Ralph Ince
Cinematography Gregg Toland
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • May 23, 1932 (1932-05-23)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Tenderfoot is a 1932 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Ray Enright and written by Earl Baldwin, Monty Banks and Arthur Caesar. The film stars Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers, Lew Cody, Vivien Oakland, Robert Greig and Ralph Ince. The film was released by Warner Bros. on May 23, 1932. It is based on the 1925 play The Butter and Egg Man.[1][2]


Jones, a naive cowboy from Texas, comes to New York City, determined to take care of his mother by investing his life savings in a Broadway show. He is duped by producers Lehman and McLure into buying a 49-percent interest in their new show, a surefire flop.

Lehman's beautiful secretary, Ruth Weston, catches the shy cowboy's eye. Jones makes up his mind to produce the play by himself after Lehman and McLure close it out of town. When he can't pay for proper costumes, his star actress quits, so Ruth goes on in her place.

Although the play is a drama, it is so poorly done that the audience mistakes it for a comedy. The laughter makes it a surprise comedy hit. Jones and Ruth make a big profit, get married and decide to live in Texas.



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