Me and My Gal (1932)

79 mins | Comedy-drama | 4 December 1932

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writer:

Arthur Kober

Cinematographer:

Arthur Miller

Editor:

Jack Murray

Production Designer:

Gordon Wiles

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Pier 13 . According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the story was based in part on an episode in the 1920 Fox film entitled While New York Sleeps , original story by Charles J. Brabin and Thomas F. Fallon (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.4915). The episode, entitled "A Tragedy of the East Side," is about a married woman who hides her lover, a gangster, in the attic of her home as her father-in-law, a paralytic who cannot speak, watches. The legal files and news items indicate that William K. Howard, Alfred Werker and Marcel Varnel were set to direct Me and My Gal at various times before it went into production and that director Raoul Walsh completed the film in nineteen shooting days. The HR review noted, "The rowdy, ribald humor in which Raoul Walsh specializes ... marks his direction." The film includes a parody of Strange Interlude , the film version of Eugene O'Neill's play, produced by M-G-M also in 1932, in which the thoughts of the characters were spoken aloud. On Danny's date with Helen, he mentions that he saw "a swell picture" last night called "Strange Inner Tube or something." In the following scene, the thoughts of both Danny and Helen are spoken in addition to their dialogue. Var notes that the actor playing the drunk, whom they could not identify, did "one of the best stews of late on the screen." The actor, Will Stanton, soon became well-known ... More Less

The working title of this film was Pier 13 . According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the story was based in part on an episode in the 1920 Fox film entitled While New York Sleeps , original story by Charles J. Brabin and Thomas F. Fallon (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.4915). The episode, entitled "A Tragedy of the East Side," is about a married woman who hides her lover, a gangster, in the attic of her home as her father-in-law, a paralytic who cannot speak, watches. The legal files and news items indicate that William K. Howard, Alfred Werker and Marcel Varnel were set to direct Me and My Gal at various times before it went into production and that director Raoul Walsh completed the film in nineteen shooting days. The HR review noted, "The rowdy, ribald humor in which Raoul Walsh specializes ... marks his direction." The film includes a parody of Strange Interlude , the film version of Eugene O'Neill's play, produced by M-G-M also in 1932, in which the thoughts of the characters were spoken aloud. On Danny's date with Helen, he mentions that he saw "a swell picture" last night called "Strange Inner Tube or something." In the following scene, the thoughts of both Danny and Helen are spoken in addition to their dialogue. Var notes that the actor playing the drunk, whom they could not identify, did "one of the best stews of late on the screen." The actor, Will Stanton, soon became well-known for his portrayals of drunks. Actor George Walsh was the brother of the director. In her autobiography, Joan Bennett remarks that this was the only film of the six she made at Fox in 1932 that was not "unmemorable." A biography of Spencer Tracy notes that Tracy liked the story, which apparently was being developed for James Dunn and Sally Eilers, and requested that he and Bennett play the leads.
       Included in the files for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library is a letter from the Cincinnati Better Motion Picture Council which complained of a number of scenes in the film, including the bank robbery scene, which they called "a facsimile of a recent outrage perpetrated in Chicago, in which occupants of an apartment building were terrorized by bandits in order to effect entry into the vaults below." No information has been located concerning the Chicago bank robbery. On 30 Oct 1935, after corresponding with the Hays Office, Twentieth Century-Fox withdrew their application for PCA certification for a reissue of the film. Twentieth Century-Fox produced a remake of this film in 1940 entitled Pier 13 , which was directed by Eugene Forde and starred Lynn Bari and Lloyd Nolan (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3460). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 Dec 32
p. 18.
Harrison's Reports
24 Dec 32
p. 207.
HF
22 Oct 32
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 32
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 32
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 32
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Oct 32
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 32
p. 3.
International Photographer
Dec 32
p. 36.
Los Angeles Times
17 Dec 32
pt. I, p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Dec 32
pp. 34-35.
New York Times
12 Dec 32
p. 18.
VarB
4 Nov 1932.
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Variety
13 Dec 32
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Raoul Walsh Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Story
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
Publicist
SOURCES
SONGS
"Oleo the Gigolo," music by James F. Hanley, lyrics by Val Burton.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Pier 13
Release Date:
4 December 1932
Production Date:
22 September--late October 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 November 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3444
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79
Length(in feet):
7,295
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After Danny Dolan, a police officer newly assigned to the harbor precinct, rescues a drunk who has fallen into the water at New York's Pier 13, Danny is promoted to detective. The detective who was with Danny at the time, Al, is reprimanded because after he fell into the water as Danny was rescuing the drunk, some mobsters whom Al was sent to watch got away. Duke Castenega, the leader of the gang, visits his ex-lover, Kate Riley, at the bank where she works, and although she is about to be married, she realizes that she still loves Duke, who plans to get a list of combination numbers for safe deposit boxes from her. Kate's sister Helen, who works at a chowder house by the pier, has enjoyed bantering with Danny since he began his beat. After Kate marries Eddie Collins, and Duke is arrested, Duke's brother Baby Face visits Kate and urges her to give him the list of numbers. Danny and Al come to the wedding party because of complaints of noise, and Danny is greatly relieved to learn that it was Helen's sister, and not Helen, who got married. Duke is sent to prison, and when Eddie has to go to Cuba, Baby Face tries to force Kate to give him the numbers, but she refuses. During a date with Helen, Danny turns out the lights and tries to kiss her, but she slaps him and he leaves in a huff. Later, Danny apologizes to Helen, and he confesses that things are hard for men: if they don't try to neck, he says, women will think they are too slow; ... +


After Danny Dolan, a police officer newly assigned to the harbor precinct, rescues a drunk who has fallen into the water at New York's Pier 13, Danny is promoted to detective. The detective who was with Danny at the time, Al, is reprimanded because after he fell into the water as Danny was rescuing the drunk, some mobsters whom Al was sent to watch got away. Duke Castenega, the leader of the gang, visits his ex-lover, Kate Riley, at the bank where she works, and although she is about to be married, she realizes that she still loves Duke, who plans to get a list of combination numbers for safe deposit boxes from her. Kate's sister Helen, who works at a chowder house by the pier, has enjoyed bantering with Danny since he began his beat. After Kate marries Eddie Collins, and Duke is arrested, Duke's brother Baby Face visits Kate and urges her to give him the list of numbers. Danny and Al come to the wedding party because of complaints of noise, and Danny is greatly relieved to learn that it was Helen's sister, and not Helen, who got married. Duke is sent to prison, and when Eddie has to go to Cuba, Baby Face tries to force Kate to give him the numbers, but she refuses. During a date with Helen, Danny turns out the lights and tries to kiss her, but she slaps him and he leaves in a huff. Later, Danny apologizes to Helen, and he confesses that things are hard for men: if they don't try to neck, he says, women will think they are too slow; while if they do, they think they are fresh. She says it is the same for a woman: if she lets a guy "maul" her, he will think she's no good; while if she doesn't, he will think she's old-fashioned. They realize that they have fallen in love and kiss. After Duke escapes from prison, Danny's captain offers a promotion, and the newspapers offer a $10,000 reward for Duke's capture. Duke hides in Kate's attic, and Eddie's father Sarge, a paralytic who can only blink to communicate, sees them together. After Helen agrees to marry Danny, Sarge tries to communicate that Duke is in the attic. Danny and Helen plan to get a Morse code book the next day to see what he is trying to tell them. Duke and his gang invade the home of a family living just above a bank, and after drilling through their floor, and using a blow torch to blast through the bars, iron vault and safe deposit boxes, they escape with $87,000. Meanwhile, Helen deciphers Sarge's message and runs to Kate's home. Danny finds a carbon of the message and follows. After Helen orders Duke to leave, Danny arrives. She pleads with him not to arrest Duke in the house to protect her sister, but he angrily refuses, upset that she wasn't "square" with him. Duke hides in the attic, but Danny breaks through the skylight and shoots him as he tries to escape. Danny then tells his captain that he chased Duke from Pier 13, and that Duke broke into Kate's apartment. Kate cries as she thanks Duke, and he warns her to stick to Eddie. After Helen and Danny marry, they escape the celebration and head to the pier, where they plan to leave for Bermuda. Eddie, Kate, Pop Riley and Sarge follow, however. Danny, who shares the reward money with Sarge, tells him it is nice that he did not tip off Eddie about Kate. +

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