Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948)

76 mins | Romantic comedy | 16 July 1948

Director:

William Castle

Producer:

Robert S. Golden

Cinematographer:

William C. Mellor

Editor:

James E. Newcom

Production Designer:

Jerome Pycha Jr.

Production Company:

Golden Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The opening credits state that "Mr. Guy Madison appears by arrangement with David O. Selznick." Actress Monya MacGill's name was misspelled "Magill" in the onscreen credits. Although the film was copyrighted with a running time of 89 min., Var states that the running time was actually 76 min. and notes in its review that the film had been cut for release. According to a HR news item, the title of Barry Benefield's best-selling novel was changed to Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven for its new edition following the release of this ... More Less

The opening credits state that "Mr. Guy Madison appears by arrangement with David O. Selznick." Actress Monya MacGill's name was misspelled "Magill" in the onscreen credits. Although the film was copyrighted with a running time of 89 min., Var states that the running time was actually 76 min. and notes in its review that the film had been cut for release. According to a HR news item, the title of Barry Benefield's best-selling novel was changed to Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven for its new edition following the release of this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Jul 1948.
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Daily Variety
14 Jul 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Jul 48
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 48
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Feb 1948.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Feb 48
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 48
p. 3, 12
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Jun 48
p. 4190.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jul 48
p. 4242.
Variety
14 Jul 48
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdressing
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod asst
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Eddie and the Archangel Mike by Barry Benefield (New York, 1943).
SONGS
"Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven," music and lyrics by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl.
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 July 1948
Production Date:
mid January--mid February 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Golden Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 August 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1796
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
13089
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A Brooklyn bartender named Mike tells the story of Eddie Tayloe: After receiving an inheritance, reporter Eddie quits a Dallas newspaper job and leaves for New York City to become a playwright. En route, he picks up a beautiful hitchhiker named Perry Dunklin, who has left her family gas station because her brother, a co-owner, got married. After finding two pistols in the glove compartment of Eddie's car, which were left to him by his grandfather, Perry initially believes Eddie is "Red Car," a bank robber who is currently at large. When they subsequently crash their car and take refuge in a nearby house, she poses as his sister. By the time they arrive in New York City, Eddie is in love with Perry, despite her protestations. On the subway, en route to Brooklyn, where she hopes to live on a "ranch," Perry meets Mandy, a middle-aged pickpocket, who faints from hunger. Perry tells the police that the woman is her mother, then takes her in a her stable loft she has rented in Flatbush, where Mandy reforms. The stable is part of the estate of the three Cheevers spinsters named Rudy, Opal and Pearl. Perry's first job is as a Coney Island water nymph, but she is fired after Eddie slugs an audience member for pulling her leg while she is onstage. Eddie, meanwhile, has no luck as a playwright. One night, while drowning his sorrows at his hotel bar, Eddie is befriended by substitute bartender Mike. To cure Eddie's homesickness, Mike takes him to Mr. Gaboolian's mechanical Riding Academy, which is inside a deserted office building. The office is ... +


A Brooklyn bartender named Mike tells the story of Eddie Tayloe: After receiving an inheritance, reporter Eddie quits a Dallas newspaper job and leaves for New York City to become a playwright. En route, he picks up a beautiful hitchhiker named Perry Dunklin, who has left her family gas station because her brother, a co-owner, got married. After finding two pistols in the glove compartment of Eddie's car, which were left to him by his grandfather, Perry initially believes Eddie is "Red Car," a bank robber who is currently at large. When they subsequently crash their car and take refuge in a nearby house, she poses as his sister. By the time they arrive in New York City, Eddie is in love with Perry, despite her protestations. On the subway, en route to Brooklyn, where she hopes to live on a "ranch," Perry meets Mandy, a middle-aged pickpocket, who faints from hunger. Perry tells the police that the woman is her mother, then takes her in a her stable loft she has rented in Flatbush, where Mandy reforms. The stable is part of the estate of the three Cheevers spinsters named Rudy, Opal and Pearl. Perry's first job is as a Coney Island water nymph, but she is fired after Eddie slugs an audience member for pulling her leg while she is onstage. Eddie, meanwhile, has no luck as a playwright. One night, while drowning his sorrows at his hotel bar, Eddie is befriended by substitute bartender Mike. To cure Eddie's homesickness, Mike takes him to Mr. Gaboolian's mechanical Riding Academy, which is inside a deserted office building. The office is filled with set pieces for make-believe adventures, including hobby horses, a camel, an elephant and a ship. As retired captain Lars Bjorn, a regular, steers a ship through a storm, Mike and Eddie ride the stationary horses. On a lark, Eddie asks Gaboolian to hire Perry, and arranges to pay her salary. Business is terribly slow, however, and Eddie eventually spends the last of his money to buy the place, naming it the Golden Horse Academy. On Christmas Eve, Bruce MacWirther, an academy regular who rides the camel, arrives with the South Brooklyn Santas, who fill the academy and get drunk on wassail. After a beat cop named Carmody enters, Eddie tells him to call headquarters, and the resulting publicity turns the academy into a lucrative business. Eddie then sells it to the Cheever sisters, and he and Perry marry and fulfill their dream of owning a Texas ranch full of golden horses. +

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