The Nitwits is a 1935 American comedy film directed by George Stevens from a screenplay written by Fred Guiol and Al Boasberg, based on a story by Stuart Palmer. Released by RKO on June 7, 1935, the film stars the comedy duo of Wheeler & Woolsey (Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey), with featured roles being filled by Fred Keating, Betty Grable, Evelyn Brent and Erik Rhodes.
Original theatrical poster
|Directed by||George Stevens|
|Produced by||Lee Marcus|
|Screenplay by||Fred Guiol|
|Story by||Stuart Palmer|
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Edited by||John Lockert|
- Bert Wheeler as Johnny
- Robert Woolsey as Newton
- Fred Keating as William Darrell
- Betty Grable as Mary Roberts
- Evelyn Brent as Alice Lake
- Erik Rhodes as George Clark
- Hale Hamilton as Winfield Lake
- Charles C. Wilson as Police Captain Jennings
- Arthur Aylesworth as Lurch
- Willie Best as Sleepy
- Lew Kelly as J. Gabriel Hazel
The film's original title was Mellodicks, which Lee Marcus, the producer, found repugnant. He offered $50 to any employee of RKO who could come up with a better title. While he received numerous suggestions, he finally settled on the picture's final title, which had been a generic title around the RKO lot for years.
- "Inside the Lines: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- Watz, Edward (2001). Wheeler & Woolsey. McFarland. p. 232. ISBN 0786411414.