It's Tough to Be Famous

It's Tough to Be Famous is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Alfred E. Green and written by Robert Lord. The film stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Mary Brian, Emma Dunn, Walter Catlett and David Landau. The film was released by Warner Bros. on April 2, 1932.[1][2]

It's Tough to Be Famous
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Directed byAlfred E. Green
Screenplay byRobert Lord
Based onThe Goldfish Bowl
1932 novel
by Mary C. McCall, Jr.
StarringDouglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Mary Brian
Harold Minjir
Emma Dunn
Walter Catlett
David Landau
Music byLeo F. Forbstein
CinematographyByron Haskin
Sol Polito
Edited byRay Curtiss
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release date
  • April 2, 1932 (1932-04-02)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


When his submarine, S89, is sunk by an excursion boat, Scotty (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) is the last one left aboard after helping the crew to be rescued. However, navy divers are able to save Scotty and his heroics make him a hero. Retiring from the navy as a commander, he finds that, as a hero, he is in great demand. There are parades. Speeches, endorsements, banquets and autographs galore. Even his marriage to his sweetheart Janet (Mary Brian) is headline news. Everyone wants a piece of Scotty. The only thing that Scotty does not have in his freedom and a life of his own.



  1. "It's Tough to Be Famous (1932) - Overview". Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  2. B.W.N. (April 9, 1932). "Movie Review - It's Tough to Be Famous - The Goldfish Bowl". Retrieved August 9, 2015.

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