Boy Meets Girl (1938)

86 mins | Comedy | 27 August 1938

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Producer:

George Abbott

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Bella and Samuel Spewack received the 1936 Roi Cooper Megrue Award for their play Boy Meets Girl . The play was revived on 22 Jun 1943. Contemporary reviews agreed that censorship requirements made the satire in the movie less successful than in the stage version, specifically citing the character of Susie, who was unwed in the play. According to HR , Marion Davies was considered for the lead, but modern sources say that William Randolph Hearst thought the script was too racy for the image he felt she should ... More Less

Bella and Samuel Spewack received the 1936 Roi Cooper Megrue Award for their play Boy Meets Girl . The play was revived on 22 Jun 1943. Contemporary reviews agreed that censorship requirements made the satire in the movie less successful than in the stage version, specifically citing the character of Susie, who was unwed in the play. According to HR , Marion Davies was considered for the lead, but modern sources say that William Randolph Hearst thought the script was too racy for the image he felt she should maintain. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Jul 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Jul 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jan 37
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 38
pp. 22-23.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 38
pp. 20-21.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Jul 38
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Jul 38
p. 39.
New York Times
27 Aug 38
p. 7.
Variety
31 Aug 38
p. 18.
CAST
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Asst dir
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LITERARY
From the play Boy Meets Girl by Bella and Samuel Spewack (New York, 27 Nov 1935).
SONGS
"With a Pain in My Heart," music and lyrics by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 August 1938
Production Date:
early March--early April 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 May 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8195
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4156
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Robert Law and J. C. Benson, two Hollywood screenwriters, are assigned to write a story for cowboy star, Larry Toms, but nothing they write pleases producer C. Elliott Friday. While they argue, Susie, a divorced waitress, delivers lunch. Inspired by her pregnancy, Benson and Law suggest they do a western in which Larry finds a lone baby in a variation on the classic Hollywood story: Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl. Larry protests, but the producer likes the idea, and they all rush from the room to take the idea to the top, leaving Susie alone. Rodney Bevan, an English actor, arrives to wait for Friday's return. He and Susie talk and flirt a little, but the conversation ends when the writers return. Benson and Law suggest that they sign Susie's soon-to-be-born baby, Happy, to a contract, which will place them, as his godfathers, in control. Happy's success allows Susie to attend high school, her secret ambition. Because of Happy's popularity, Larry's agent encourages him to marry Susie, but Law breaks up their engagement by having Rodney claim to be Happy's father. Back at the studio, Susie announces that Happy has come down with the measles and, as they soon find out, has given them to Larry. While they recover, Benson, Law and Happy are all fired. Benson and Law scheme successfully to get Friday to re-sign Happy and fire Larry. Then Rodney bursts into Friday's office to ask Susie to marry him. She refuses at first, because of her bad luck with her first marriage, but finally she agrees. Friday is furious ... +


Robert Law and J. C. Benson, two Hollywood screenwriters, are assigned to write a story for cowboy star, Larry Toms, but nothing they write pleases producer C. Elliott Friday. While they argue, Susie, a divorced waitress, delivers lunch. Inspired by her pregnancy, Benson and Law suggest they do a western in which Larry finds a lone baby in a variation on the classic Hollywood story: Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl. Larry protests, but the producer likes the idea, and they all rush from the room to take the idea to the top, leaving Susie alone. Rodney Bevan, an English actor, arrives to wait for Friday's return. He and Susie talk and flirt a little, but the conversation ends when the writers return. Benson and Law suggest that they sign Susie's soon-to-be-born baby, Happy, to a contract, which will place them, as his godfathers, in control. Happy's success allows Susie to attend high school, her secret ambition. Because of Happy's popularity, Larry's agent encourages him to marry Susie, but Law breaks up their engagement by having Rodney claim to be Happy's father. Back at the studio, Susie announces that Happy has come down with the measles and, as they soon find out, has given them to Larry. While they recover, Benson, Law and Happy are all fired. Benson and Law scheme successfully to get Friday to re-sign Happy and fire Larry. Then Rodney bursts into Friday's office to ask Susie to marry him. She refuses at first, because of her bad luck with her first marriage, but finally she agrees. Friday is furious because Rodney, the son of an English lord, wants to take Happy to England, but when he learns that his own wife is pregnant, he realizes that Happy's replacement is on the way. +

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