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The Var review credits Arthur Howell (along with Adrian Johnson) with the dialogue and Oliver Jones with the story, but that appears to be an error. FD and other sources credit only Edwin Johns with the story and jointly credit Adrian Johnson and Scott Pembroke with the dialogue.
       The 18 Jun 1930 Var announced Jazz Cinderella as a forthcoming production from Chesterfield Motion Picture Corp., to be directed by Scott Pembroke. Referring to it as A Jazz Cinderella, the 27 Jun 1930 FD reported that the all-talking feature would be filmed at Tec-Art Studios in Hollywood, CA. The next day’s Hollywood Filmograph, which listed the film’s title as The Jazz Cinderella, indicated that production was underway, and named Melville Shyer as assistant director. The 28 Jun 1930 Inside Facts of Stage and Screen added Evelyn Hayes to the cast. The picture also starred Jason Robards Sr., whose son, Jason Robards, began his own acting career around 1950.
       The picture was released on the states’ rights market on 14 Aug 1930, according to a 25 Oct 1930 Motion Picture News release chart. The 20 Sep 1930 Motion Picture News review confirmed the 14 Aug 1930 opening and stated that the film was “unquestionably one of the most amateurish” features in release at that time, noting its “dizzy heights of stupidity.” The 28 Sep 1930 FD review complained of the “weak story” and deemed the picture “just a ... More Less

The Var review credits Arthur Howell (along with Adrian Johnson) with the dialogue and Oliver Jones with the story, but that appears to be an error. FD and other sources credit only Edwin Johns with the story and jointly credit Adrian Johnson and Scott Pembroke with the dialogue.
       The 18 Jun 1930 Var announced Jazz Cinderella as a forthcoming production from Chesterfield Motion Picture Corp., to be directed by Scott Pembroke. Referring to it as A Jazz Cinderella, the 27 Jun 1930 FD reported that the all-talking feature would be filmed at Tec-Art Studios in Hollywood, CA. The next day’s Hollywood Filmograph, which listed the film’s title as The Jazz Cinderella, indicated that production was underway, and named Melville Shyer as assistant director. The 28 Jun 1930 Inside Facts of Stage and Screen added Evelyn Hayes to the cast. The picture also starred Jason Robards Sr., whose son, Jason Robards, began his own acting career around 1950.
       The picture was released on the states’ rights market on 14 Aug 1930, according to a 25 Oct 1930 Motion Picture News release chart. The 20 Sep 1930 Motion Picture News review confirmed the 14 Aug 1930 opening and stated that the film was “unquestionably one of the most amateurish” features in release at that time, noting its “dizzy heights of stupidity.” The 28 Sep 1930 FD review complained of the “weak story” and deemed the picture “just a filler.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Jun 1930
p. 6.
Film Daily
28 Sep 1930
p. 10.
Hollywood Filmograph
28 Jun 1930
p. 12.
Inside Facts of Stage and Screen
28 Jun 1930
p. 5.
Motion Picture News
20 Sep 1930
pp. 53-54.
Motion Picture News
25 Oct 1930
p. 105.
Variety
18 Jun 1930
p. 46.
Variety
1 Oct 1930
p. 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
SONGS
"You're Too Good To Be True," "Hot and Bothered Baby" and "True Love," words by Raymond Klages, music by Jesse Greer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 August 1930
Production Date:
began late June 1930
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66
Length(in feet):
6,181
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Intending that her son, Herbert, marry debutante Mildred Vane, Mrs. Consuelo Carter is most dismayed when she learns that Herbert has fallen in love with Pat Murray, a model in Darrow's dress shop. Pat's emphatic refusal to take Mrs. Carter's "suggestion" that she give up Herbert leads to her being fired, and she reluctantly accepts Herbert's invitation to weekend at the Carter country home. Finally realizing the hopelessness of the situation, Pat makes a spectacle of herself at a party; but Herbert is not fooled, and their love ... +


Intending that her son, Herbert, marry debutante Mildred Vane, Mrs. Consuelo Carter is most dismayed when she learns that Herbert has fallen in love with Pat Murray, a model in Darrow's dress shop. Pat's emphatic refusal to take Mrs. Carter's "suggestion" that she give up Herbert leads to her being fired, and she reluctantly accepts Herbert's invitation to weekend at the Carter country home. Finally realizing the hopelessness of the situation, Pat makes a spectacle of herself at a party; but Herbert is not fooled, and their love triumphs. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society, with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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