Nobody's Darling (1943)

71 mins | Drama | 27 August 1943

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writer:

Olive Cooper

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Ernest Nims

Production Designer:

Russell Kimball

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Dancing Debs . According to a contemporary news item, Republic purchased the screenplay from Paramount, which had intended to star Susanna Foster in its production. HR news items noted that director Anthony Mann was borrowed from Paramount for the film, and that Lee Patrick replaced Marjorie Gateson in the role of "Miss Pennington" when Gateson was detained by work in another ... More Less

The working title of this film was Dancing Debs . According to a contemporary news item, Republic purchased the screenplay from Paramount, which had intended to star Susanna Foster in its production. HR news items noted that director Anthony Mann was borrowed from Paramount for the film, and that Lee Patrick replaced Marjorie Gateson in the role of "Miss Pennington" when Gateson was detained by work in another picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Aug 1943.
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Daily Variety
11 Aug 43
p. 3, 6
Film Daily
19 Aug 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 43
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 43
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 43
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
5 Feb 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald
14 Aug 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jul 43
p. 1431.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Aug 43
p. 1481.
Variety
4 Feb 1943.
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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 DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
Vocal arr
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Mary Lee's makeup
SOURCES
SONGS
"It Had to Be You," music by Isham Jones, lyrics by Gus Kahn
"Blow, Gabriel, Blow," music and lyrics by Cole Porter
"On the Sunny Side of the Street," music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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SONGS
"It Had to Be You," music by Isham Jones, lyrics by Gus Kahn
"Blow, Gabriel, Blow," music and lyrics by Cole Porter
"On the Sunny Side of the Street," music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Dorothy Fields
"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," music by Harry Carroll, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat," music and lyrics by E. O. Lyte.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dancing Debs
Release Date:
27 August 1943
Production Date:
early May--early June 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 August 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12216
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,397
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9406
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Ugly duckling Janie Farnsworth is a student at Pennington High School, an exclusive boarding school for the children of famous Hollywood entertainers. She has a crush on Charles Grant, Jr., who is the writer and producer of the upcoming school play, but Chuck thinks that she is too untalented and unglamorous to have a part in his production. Janie's life is further complicated by her parents, Curtis Farnsworth and Eve Hawthorne, a famed acting couple who have paid more attention to their careers than to their daughter. Although Curtis is still big at the boxoffice, Eve's popularity has waned as she has gotten older, and the studio wants to re-team Curtis with a younger actress. Rather than let Eve know, Curtis decides to retire, and brings Janie home from school for moral support on the day he informs Eve of his decision. Eve, believing that Curtis is ruining her career, is distraught and the couple have a terrible fight. When Janie returns to school, she auditions for Chuck, but he derides her lack of acting and dancing ability. Later that evening, however, Chuck discovers that Janie has a terrific singing voice and makes her the star of his show. Janie is dismayed by the taunting of the other kids, however, who tease her about reports that her parents are separting. When Eve confirms that the rumors are true, and that she is going to vacation at the Lake Arrowhead ranch of her friends, Jason and Julia Rhodes, Janie is determined to get her mother to pay attention to her. The school principal, Miss Pennington, arranges for the kids to ... +


Ugly duckling Janie Farnsworth is a student at Pennington High School, an exclusive boarding school for the children of famous Hollywood entertainers. She has a crush on Charles Grant, Jr., who is the writer and producer of the upcoming school play, but Chuck thinks that she is too untalented and unglamorous to have a part in his production. Janie's life is further complicated by her parents, Curtis Farnsworth and Eve Hawthorne, a famed acting couple who have paid more attention to their careers than to their daughter. Although Curtis is still big at the boxoffice, Eve's popularity has waned as she has gotten older, and the studio wants to re-team Curtis with a younger actress. Rather than let Eve know, Curtis decides to retire, and brings Janie home from school for moral support on the day he informs Eve of his decision. Eve, believing that Curtis is ruining her career, is distraught and the couple have a terrible fight. When Janie returns to school, she auditions for Chuck, but he derides her lack of acting and dancing ability. Later that evening, however, Chuck discovers that Janie has a terrific singing voice and makes her the star of his show. Janie is dismayed by the taunting of the other kids, however, who tease her about reports that her parents are separting. When Eve confirms that the rumors are true, and that she is going to vacation at the Lake Arrowhead ranch of her friends, Jason and Julia Rhodes, Janie is determined to get her mother to pay attention to her. The school principal, Miss Pennington, arranges for the kids to rehearse their show at the ranch, but Janie still has trouble getting her mother to listen to her sing. While trying to cope with her mother, Janie misleads the other kids into thinking that Chuck has given her his pledge pin. Her mission with Eve a failure, Janie returns with the other kids to the school, where her attempts to "glamorize" herself with makeup, false eyelashes and high heels result in laughter. Janie tries to run away, but Chuck, alerted by Janie's roomate, Texas Gleason, finds her. They are photographed by a newshound, however, and the resulting publicity about a potential elopement horrifies their parents. Eve, Curtis and Charles Grant, Sr. descend on the school and demand that their children be withdrawn at once. As Janie and Chuck discover that they really are attracted to each other, Eve and Curtis reconcile while packing Janie's things. Miss Pennington gently convinces the parents that they have not been looking after their childrens' best interests, and that they should let Chuck and Janie stay for the show. Eve, Curtis and Grant then join the appreciative audience as Janie and Chuck star in the hit show, during which Chuck gives Janie his pin. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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