Going Places (1938 film)

Going Places is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright. Dick Powell plays a sporting goods salesman who is forced to pose as a famous horseman as part of his scheme to boost sales and gets entangled in his lies.

Going Places
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Directed byRay Enright
Screenplay bySig Herzig
Jerry Wald
Maurice Leo
Earl Baldwin
Based onThe Hottentot
1920 play
by William Collier Sr. and Victor Mapes
Produced byJack L. Warner
Hal B. Wallis
StarringDick Powell
Anita Louise
CinematographyArthur L. Todd
Edited byClarence Kolster
Music byLeo F. Forbstein
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 31, 1938 (1938-12-31)
Running time
84 min.
CountryUnited States

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "Jeepers Creepers", premiered in this movie by Louis Armstrong, who sings it to a horse.

Two earlier films, both entitled The Hottentot (1929) and The Hottentot (1922 silent version), were based on the same source.[1]


A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.



The song "Jeepers Creepers" was nominated for the American Film Institute list AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.[2]

Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren won an Oscar nomination for Best Song for "Jeepers Creepers". The song later would be sung in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), The Day of the Locust (1975), The Cheap Detective (1978) and the horror thriller Jeepers Creepers (2001).[3]


  1. ^ https://catalog.afi.com/Catalog/moviedetails/5445?sid=0dee54df-dc94-48b6-ac9a-013674ebf172&sr=3.518922&cp=1&pos=0
  2. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  3. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/3128/Going-Places/articles.html

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