My Best Gal (1944)

67 mins | Comedy-drama | 28 March 1944

Director:

Anthony Mann

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Ralph Dixon

Production Designers:

Russell Kimball, Gano Chittenden

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Rhythm Revelry . According to a HR news item, the film's production numbers were shot at the PRC Studios, due to lack of available space at ... More Less

The working title of this film was Rhythm Revelry . According to a HR news item, the film's production numbers were shot at the PRC Studios, due to lack of available space at Republic. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Mar 1944.
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Daily Variety
14 Mar 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Mar 44
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Oct 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 43
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 43
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 44
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jan 44
p. 1696.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Mar 44
p. 1802.
Variety
12 Apr 44
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"I've Got the Flyingist Feeling," "Where There's Love" and "The Upsy-Downsy," music and lyrics by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
"Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider," music by Eddie Munson, lyrics by Eddie Leonard.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Rhythm Revelry
Release Date:
28 March 1944
Production Date:
18 October--early November 1943 at PRC Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 February 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12533
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
6,021
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9786
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Former vaudevillian Danny O'Hara is disappointed that his vivacious granddaughter Kitty is disinclined to follow family tradition and pursue a career as a performer, but Kitty insists that show business is too unstable. Danny and Kitty work at the Greenway Drugstore in New York City, which is the hangout for hopeful playwright Johnny McCloud and his lively bunch of entertainer friends. Johnny has written a musical revue to showcase his friends, and Kitty, who is sweet on Johnny, conspires with him to bring the script to the attention of eccentric Broadway producer Ralph Hodges. Hodges, who has a passion for astrology, is not interested in Johnny's work, but his sympathetic secretary, Miss Simpson, promises to slip him the script somehow. Later, while Kitty is preparing for her first date with Johnny, Danny convinces Johnny to help him trick Kitty into auditioning for influential radio producer Harry Gage. Kitty discovers Danny and Gage hiding while she sings a romantic ballad to Johnny, however, and disappears before Gage can offer her a job. Later that night, Johnny and Danny apologize to Kitty, and Johnny reveals that he has received his induction notice and will be joining the Army in two days. Kitty quickly forgives the earnest young man and determines to bring him to Hodges' attention. The next day, Kitty and Danny send Mr. Porter, the drugstore's prickly manager, off on a wild goose chase, then lure Hodges to the store with the promise that his favorite astrolger, Professor Trumball, will be there. The "professor" is actually Danny disguised by a fake beard, and although Hodges is delighted to meet him, he is annoyed by Johnny's singing ... +


Former vaudevillian Danny O'Hara is disappointed that his vivacious granddaughter Kitty is disinclined to follow family tradition and pursue a career as a performer, but Kitty insists that show business is too unstable. Danny and Kitty work at the Greenway Drugstore in New York City, which is the hangout for hopeful playwright Johnny McCloud and his lively bunch of entertainer friends. Johnny has written a musical revue to showcase his friends, and Kitty, who is sweet on Johnny, conspires with him to bring the script to the attention of eccentric Broadway producer Ralph Hodges. Hodges, who has a passion for astrology, is not interested in Johnny's work, but his sympathetic secretary, Miss Simpson, promises to slip him the script somehow. Later, while Kitty is preparing for her first date with Johnny, Danny convinces Johnny to help him trick Kitty into auditioning for influential radio producer Harry Gage. Kitty discovers Danny and Gage hiding while she sings a romantic ballad to Johnny, however, and disappears before Gage can offer her a job. Later that night, Johnny and Danny apologize to Kitty, and Johnny reveals that he has received his induction notice and will be joining the Army in two days. Kitty quickly forgives the earnest young man and determines to bring him to Hodges' attention. The next day, Kitty and Danny send Mr. Porter, the drugstore's prickly manager, off on a wild goose chase, then lure Hodges to the store with the promise that his favorite astrolger, Professor Trumball, will be there. The "professor" is actually Danny disguised by a fake beard, and although Hodges is delighted to meet him, he is annoyed by Johnny's singing and dancing friends. The plan fails when Danny's beard falls off and the angry Hodges storms off. Danny and Kitty are then fired by Porter, and a melancholy Kitty is being comforted by Johnny that evening when Simpson arrives and informs them that she got Hodges to read the play by changing Johnny's last name to "Jupiter" on the title page. Hoping to impress Hodges with their show, the kids throw themselves into an all-night rehearsal, and although Danny is thrilled to see Kitty performing, the exertion causes him to suffer a heart attack. Not wishing to alarm Kitty, the doctor tells only Johnny about the severity of Danny's condition, and Johnny, desperate for money to send Danny to a specialist, agrees to sell his play to Hodges, even though the producer refuses to cast Johnny's friends. The kids believe that Johnny has double-crossed them, and even Kitty is heartbroken. Kitty leads the kids to Hodges' office and, when they threaten to sue him for not using them in Johnny's play, which is based on their lives, he reluctantly agrees to cast them, but for one performance only. When Kitty then learns that Johnny signed his check over to Danny's heart specialist, she understands what he has done and rushes to the train station. Kitty finds Johnny before he departs and assures him that both Danny and the show are alive and well. Johnny's only regret is that he will not be able to see the show, but Kitty, determined as ever, arranges for the revue to be performed at the Army camp where Johnny is stationed. With Private Johnny McCloud conducting the music and Kitty in the starring role, the show is a big success, and Johnny and Kitty close it with an embrace. +

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

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