High Hat (1937)

90 mins | Musical | 1 January 1937

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HISTORY

Only one reel of this film was available for viewing. Although the viewed print includes a 1936 copyright statement, the title is not listed in the copyright register. The print also includes a statement that Imperial Pictures controlled the world rights to the film. Although production for this film began 21 Jan 1936, a 30 Jun 1936 Var news item states that the film "has been completed for September release," and the film's Code seal was given on 29 Jun 1936, which suggests that the film was not completed until late Jun 1936. Pre-production news items alternately list the film as a Cameo and an Imperial production, although only Imperial is mentioned on the viewed print and in the Var review. Although the film was listed under Imperial's "coming attractions" in an MPH release chart on 4 Jul 1936 with a projected release date of 1 Sep 1936, a 3 Jul 1937 release chart gives a general release date of 1 Jan 1937. The film was not released in New York until 11 Mar 1938, when it was reviewed by Var . No other reviews have been located for the film. In a HR news item and production chart, Martin Cohn is listed with Mel Delay and Henry Spitz (who were both credited on the viewed print) as part of a "3-man supervising committee" for the film, although he is not mentioned in reviews. Frieta Shaw is listed in the cast in a HR production chart, although it is unclear whether or not she appeared in the final film. The HR production chart ... More Less

Only one reel of this film was available for viewing. Although the viewed print includes a 1936 copyright statement, the title is not listed in the copyright register. The print also includes a statement that Imperial Pictures controlled the world rights to the film. Although production for this film began 21 Jan 1936, a 30 Jun 1936 Var news item states that the film "has been completed for September release," and the film's Code seal was given on 29 Jun 1936, which suggests that the film was not completed until late Jun 1936. Pre-production news items alternately list the film as a Cameo and an Imperial production, although only Imperial is mentioned on the viewed print and in the Var review. Although the film was listed under Imperial's "coming attractions" in an MPH release chart on 4 Jul 1936 with a projected release date of 1 Sep 1936, a 3 Jul 1937 release chart gives a general release date of 1 Jan 1937. The film was not released in New York until 11 Mar 1938, when it was reviewed by Var . No other reviews have been located for the film. In a HR news item and production chart, Martin Cohn is listed with Mel Delay and Henry Spitz (who were both credited on the viewed print) as part of a "3-man supervising committee" for the film, although he is not mentioned in reviews. Frieta Shaw is listed in the cast in a HR production chart, although it is unclear whether or not she appeared in the final film. The HR production chart also credits Hans Weeren and August Peterson with sound, although they were later replaced. Frank Luther was a radio tenor. Var transposed Lona Andre and Esther Muir's character names in its cast list. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Mar 35
p. 9.
Film Daily
30 Jun 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 36
p. 11.
Variety
16 Mar 38
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus arr
Congo interpretations by
Congo interpretations by
SOUND
Sd tech
Sd tech
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel High Hat, a Radio Romance by Alma Sioux Scarberry (New York, 1930).
SONGS
by Frank Luther.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 January 1937
Production Date:
began 21 January 1936 at Talisman Studios
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2259
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the WNDB radio broadcasting company, Mr. Breton sings opera in a properties room and is joined by Swanee Collier, who introduces him to a new song. Breton is so moved by the piece that he kisses the photograph of his girl friend. Elanda Lee, a classically trained singer, arrives at the station with her friend, Dixie Durkin, to see Craig Du Pont, Sr. for an audition. Although she has an excellent voice, Elanda does not easily adapt to the trend of "swing" music. Eventually, a romance develops between Elanda and Swanee, and with his help, she becomes a success. [No further information on the plot was ... +


At the WNDB radio broadcasting company, Mr. Breton sings opera in a properties room and is joined by Swanee Collier, who introduces him to a new song. Breton is so moved by the piece that he kisses the photograph of his girl friend. Elanda Lee, a classically trained singer, arrives at the station with her friend, Dixie Durkin, to see Craig Du Pont, Sr. for an audition. Although she has an excellent voice, Elanda does not easily adapt to the trend of "swing" music. Eventually, a romance develops between Elanda and Swanee, and with his help, she becomes a success. [No further information on the plot was found.] +

GENRE
Genre:


Subject
Subject (Major):

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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