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The working title of this film was Trouble Makers . J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston's story was entitled "Here Comes Trouble." Twentieth Century-Fox used that title for another film which they released earlier in 1936 (see ... More Less

The working title of this film was Trouble Makers . J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston's story was entitled "Here Comes Trouble." Twentieth Century-Fox used that title for another film which they released earlier in 1936 (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27-Jun-36
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Daily Variety
13 Jun 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Jun 36
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Jun 36
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jun 36
p. 38.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Jun 36
p. 66.
New York Times
11 Jul 36
p. 11.
Variety
15 Jul 36
p. 55.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Joseph Sawyer
June Gittleson
Harvey Perry
James Dundee
Ben F. Hendricks
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"And That Woman Made a Monkey Out of Me," words and music by Sidney Clare.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Trouble Makers
Release Date:
17 July 1936
Production Date:
27 April--late May 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6521
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62-63
Length(in feet):
5,686
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2305
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While his boss, Willard Stone, frantically tries to reach him by phone when a trans-Pacific cable goes out and customers are upset, cable layer Steve Reardon, whose expertise has saved Stone in the past, is at the scene of the problem in an underwater tank at the ocean's bottom near Hawaii. However, instead of working, he is reading an episode in the pulp adventure story, "The Son of Neptune," written by the woman he loves, Edith McNeil, who based the series on him and his tales. Steve successfully repairs the cable and then returns to San Francisco, where Stone accedes to his demand for a $1,000 bonus and two weeks vacation so that he can marry "Mac." After Steve falls asleep in Stone's office following some drinks and arrives four hours late for a date with Mac, she gets angry when he complains that she is taking too long to dress. They argue and Steve, believing that she has been using him only to get inspiration for her stories, walks out. At a beer joint, when Steve, now extremely drunk, has a sympathetic piano player, Eddie Mitchell, play "A Woman Made a Monkey Out of Me," a tough picks a fight with Steve, planning to have his partner steal Steve's money, but Eddie retrieves Steve's wad before Steve is knocked out with a mallet by the bartender. The next day, Steve awakens next to Eddie in his bed with a piece of steak on his eye. Learning that Eddie studied engineering in college, Steve offers to help his new friend to be a real engineer. One year later, Eddie has become a "bang-up" engineer ... +


While his boss, Willard Stone, frantically tries to reach him by phone when a trans-Pacific cable goes out and customers are upset, cable layer Steve Reardon, whose expertise has saved Stone in the past, is at the scene of the problem in an underwater tank at the ocean's bottom near Hawaii. However, instead of working, he is reading an episode in the pulp adventure story, "The Son of Neptune," written by the woman he loves, Edith McNeil, who based the series on him and his tales. Steve successfully repairs the cable and then returns to San Francisco, where Stone accedes to his demand for a $1,000 bonus and two weeks vacation so that he can marry "Mac." After Steve falls asleep in Stone's office following some drinks and arrives four hours late for a date with Mac, she gets angry when he complains that she is taking too long to dress. They argue and Steve, believing that she has been using him only to get inspiration for her stories, walks out. At a beer joint, when Steve, now extremely drunk, has a sympathetic piano player, Eddie Mitchell, play "A Woman Made a Monkey Out of Me," a tough picks a fight with Steve, planning to have his partner steal Steve's money, but Eddie retrieves Steve's wad before Steve is knocked out with a mallet by the bartender. The next day, Steve awakens next to Eddie in his bed with a piece of steak on his eye. Learning that Eddie studied engineering in college, Steve offers to help his new friend to be a real engineer. One year later, Eddie has become a "bang-up" engineer and, together with Steve, returns to San Francisco. After Steve buys a ring for Mac, whom he hasn't seen since their quarrel, he arrives at her apartment to find her with the subject of her new series, "Ladies Love Champions," the heavyweight boxing champion, Terry Madden. Steve's subsequent brawl with Terry is ended when "the Major," a comical, tipsy statue, falls on Terry's head and knocks him out. Steve is arrested for fighting, and Mac bails him out. Steve then says that he will get a job at the home office, they agree to marry if their romance can last for six months. Steve goes to work for Stone's underling, F. Willoughly Tuttle, a bureaucrat who has disdain for Steve and his extravagances, while Eddie takes the position as superintendent of the Honolulu station. In Honolulu, Eddie encounters hostility from chief engineer Noble Harrison, who, according to Eddie's secretary Brenda Burke, thinks he should have gotton Eddie's position. When Harrison cables San Francisco that, against his advice, Eddie plans to correct a shifting coral formation which threatens to wreck their frayed cable by blasting, Steve talks Stone into sending him to Honolulu to help. However, when he tells Mac about it and reveals that he agreed to Stone's demand that he stay on a year, Mac throws a picture at him, and their engagement is broken. In Honolulu, Steve throws Harrison out and flirts with Brenda, of whom the unassertive and shy Eddie, has grown fond. Tired of Eddie's unresponsiveness and obsession with work, Brenda accepts Steve's attentions. After Steve maliciously sends Mac a picture of himself with Brenda in a bathing suit, Mac tries to remove her ring but can't and accepts her maid Hattie's advice that she take the ring to Steve. Meanwhile, Eddie warns Steve not to "make a monkey" out of Brenda, and Steve realizes Eddie's unspoken feelings for her. He then meets Mac and spends the evening before the planned blast with her, thus breaking a date with Brenda. When Steve fails to show up for the 6 a.m. blast, Eddie, whose earlier idolization of Steve irked Brenda, decides to go ahead without him and thus impresses Brenda. After Eddie dives into the coral, it shifts and blocks his air line. Steve, arriving late, dives to rescue Eddie as Brenda and Mac watch together. Later, as Steve tells a tall tale exaggerating his rescue and Brenda and Eddie embrace, a cable arrives from Stone stating that if Steve marries Mac, he'll get a five-year contract and that Mac can have permission to travel and get her stories from him. Overjoyed, Mac acknowledges that she has learned that fish can't live out of water. +

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

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