Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)

88 mins | Musical | June 1948

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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Off to Buffalo . According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, the studio purchased John Klempner's unpublished story "Papa Was a Juggler" (formerly titled ". . . and Son"), in Aug 1946 for $7,500. In Feb 1947, Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhardt's screenplay became known as Off to Buffalo and was shot under that title. An opening historical montage of vaudevillians contains very brief clips from other Twentieth Century-Fox films, including Wilson with Eddie Foy, Jr., Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe with Willie Solar, Coney Island with Phyllis Kennedy and Nob Hill (see entries above and below). The CBCS lists three children portraying "Bert" at different ages but only one appears in the film, probably Dale Barringer. HR production charts include Robert Arthur in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Factory exteriors were filmed in Torrance, CA. Charles Russell, who played Barbara Lawrence's husband in the film, married leading lady Nancy Guild during the production. Very brief passages from other popular songs of the period, including "Broadway Melody," "Oh, You Beautiful Doll," "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Good Morning to All" were used in the ... More Less

The working title of the film was Off to Buffalo . According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, the studio purchased John Klempner's unpublished story "Papa Was a Juggler" (formerly titled ". . . and Son"), in Aug 1946 for $7,500. In Feb 1947, Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhardt's screenplay became known as Off to Buffalo and was shot under that title. An opening historical montage of vaudevillians contains very brief clips from other Twentieth Century-Fox films, including Wilson with Eddie Foy, Jr., Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe with Willie Solar, Coney Island with Phyllis Kennedy and Nob Hill (see entries above and below). The CBCS lists three children portraying "Bert" at different ages but only one appears in the film, probably Dale Barringer. HR production charts include Robert Arthur in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Factory exteriors were filmed in Torrance, CA. Charles Russell, who played Barbara Lawrence's husband in the film, married leading lady Nancy Guild during the production. Very brief passages from other popular songs of the period, including "Broadway Melody," "Oh, You Beautiful Doll," "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Good Morning to All" were used in the film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 May 1948.
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Daily Variety
21 May 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 May 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 47
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 48
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 May 48
p. 4165.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 May 48
p. 4181.
New York Times
23 Jun 48
p. 32.
Variety
26 May 48
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward dir
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Numbers conceived by
Asst choreographer
Asst choreographer
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Tech adv and juggling coach
Tech adv and juggling coach
STAND INS
Stand-in for Charles Winninger
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Linger Awhile" by Vincent Rose
"Whispering," music by John Schonberger.
SONGS
"Give My Regards to Broadway," music and lyrics by George M. Cohan
"Albert the Great," music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Charles Henderson
"Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella on a Rainy Day," music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Irving Kahal and Francis Wheeler
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SONGS
"Give My Regards to Broadway," music and lyrics by George M. Cohan
"Albert the Great," music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Charles Henderson
"Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella on a Rainy Day," music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Irving Kahal and Francis Wheeler
"When Francis Dances with Me," music by Solly Violinsky, lyrics by Benny Ryan
"Where Did You Get That Hat?" music and lyrics by Joseph Sullivan.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Off to Buffalo
Papa Was a Juggler
Release Date:
June 1948
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 8 June 1948
Production Date:
late April--late June 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 June 1948
Copyright Number:
LP2005
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
88
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12355
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Albert the Great & Company, which is made up of Albert Norwick, wife Fay, son Bert and daughters May and June, are a comedy jugglng act on the vaudeville circuit, and with the assistance of their agent, Toby Helper, enjoy many good bookings. When vaudeville's popularity wanes, Albert and his family leave the business and settle in Waterfield, New Jersey. There Albert takes a job as a shipping clerk at the Boyd Appliance Co., assuming that the move will be temporary. The years pass and Albert, who is still working at Boyd, is promoted to assistant foreman in charge of operations. Although the now-grown children have good jobs, Albert still regards his tenure at Boyd as a long lay-off between bookings and continues to practice juggling with Bert. The girls are encouraged to participate in rehearsals as well but, by now, have other interests; May is being courted by public accountant Frank Doty, while June is dating Arthur Waldron, Jr., whose father owns the Waldron Bottle Works. One night, a telegram arrives announcing that May and Frank have eloped. Albert is disappointed that he is losing a member of the act, but Fay tells him that May would never have been happy on the stage. A few weeks later, Toby comes to visit with news that Billy Rose is planning a big revue which might have a spot for the family's act. When Toby asks Fay privately if she really wants him to book them, she replies that she wants Albert to be happy. Bert, meanwhile, has been working in the drafting department of East Coast Electric and there meets Helen Wallace, whose father is the plant's recreation director. ... +


Albert the Great & Company, which is made up of Albert Norwick, wife Fay, son Bert and daughters May and June, are a comedy jugglng act on the vaudeville circuit, and with the assistance of their agent, Toby Helper, enjoy many good bookings. When vaudeville's popularity wanes, Albert and his family leave the business and settle in Waterfield, New Jersey. There Albert takes a job as a shipping clerk at the Boyd Appliance Co., assuming that the move will be temporary. The years pass and Albert, who is still working at Boyd, is promoted to assistant foreman in charge of operations. Although the now-grown children have good jobs, Albert still regards his tenure at Boyd as a long lay-off between bookings and continues to practice juggling with Bert. The girls are encouraged to participate in rehearsals as well but, by now, have other interests; May is being courted by public accountant Frank Doty, while June is dating Arthur Waldron, Jr., whose father owns the Waldron Bottle Works. One night, a telegram arrives announcing that May and Frank have eloped. Albert is disappointed that he is losing a member of the act, but Fay tells him that May would never have been happy on the stage. A few weeks later, Toby comes to visit with news that Billy Rose is planning a big revue which might have a spot for the family's act. When Toby asks Fay privately if she really wants him to book them, she replies that she wants Albert to be happy. Bert, meanwhile, has been working in the drafting department of East Coast Electric and there meets Helen Wallace, whose father is the plant's recreation director. Wallace is pleased by posters Bert has designed for the company's baseball club and tries to recruit him for the team, believing that his ability as a juggler will be useful in the sport. When June brings Arthur to meet the family, Albert, fearful of losing another member of the act, drives him away. Later, Albert is promoted to foreman and Bert joins the baseball team. Mr. Boyd, Albert's boss, invites the family to a dance at the country club. During the evening, Albert offers to present the family's act as entertainment. June runs off embarrassed, and Albert and Bert are forced to do the act alone. Later, after June and Arthur decide to get married, the act is reduced to Albert the Great & Son. However, the Billy Rose booking fails to materialize. Bert is then offered a scholarship to M.I.T. to study electrical engineering, and Albert encourages him to accept. Toby tells Bert in confidence that the act does not have have a chance with the "old man" in it and suggests that Bert do a "single," but he turns him down. When an old family friend, August Dinkel, shows up at the Norwicks' with an offer of a guaranteed sixteen-week booking at an open-air carnival in Denver, followed by some one-night stands, Albert accepts without consulting Bert. Later, Bert asks Helen to marry him and has to tell his father that he does not want to be part of Dinkel's engagement. Bert explains to Albert that he has been enjoying himself in amateur baseball and will soon be playing in a state championship game, and he does not want to lose the scholarship opportunity. Although Bert tries to convince Albert not to give up all the years he has invested in his job, Albert feels that the entire family has turned against him but is adamant about accepting Dinkel's booking. On the day of Bert's championship game, Albert is at the railroad station waiting to leave for Denver when he hears the sounds of the game nearby and goes to see it. After watching Bert lead the team to an exciting victory, Albert goes to congratulate his son in the locker room and decides not to go to Denver after all. A couple of years later, during an anniversary party for Albert and Fay, attended by May and June, their husbands and children, as well as Bert and Helen and their baby son, Toby congratulates Albert on becoming vice-president in charge of operations, transportation and personnel at the Boyd Company. To Toby, however, he will always be Albert the Great. +

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

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