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On 18 Dec 1929, Var announced the forthcoming musical produced and released by Paramount Publix Corp. The picture would be directed by Victor Schertzinger and star Charles “Buddy” Rogers.
       The 8 Jan 1930 Var stated that Kay Francis would appear in the picture, but she was not listed in reviews.
       The 21 Jan 1930 FD reported that rehearsals were underway at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       The 4 Feb 1930 FD indicated that actor Lawrence Grant would play an “important role” in the picture, and the 4 Jun 1930 Var review listed Grant as “Commodore Brinker.” The 19 Feb 1930 Var added that Geneva Mitchell took over the role of “Cleo Carewe” from Virginia Bruce, who was recast as “Alma McGregor.” Bernard Granville was announced as a cast member, but he was not credited in reviews.
       Several songs, written for the picture by Richard A. Whiting and George Marion, Jr., would be recorded by Columbia Phonograph Co., per an arrangement made by Famous Music Corp., as announced in the 12 Apr 1930 Motion Picture News.
       Although the film was deemed short on plot, Var and the 8 Jun 1930 FD praised its “clever lines” and “sophisticated performances” by Josephine Dunn and Carol Lombard. Safety in Numbers was proclaimed “good summer fare.”
       Carol Lombard was credited as “Carole Lombard” for the first time in this film, and from then on, she kept the new spelling, legally changing her name to Carole Lombard in ... More Less

On 18 Dec 1929, Var announced the forthcoming musical produced and released by Paramount Publix Corp. The picture would be directed by Victor Schertzinger and star Charles “Buddy” Rogers.
       The 8 Jan 1930 Var stated that Kay Francis would appear in the picture, but she was not listed in reviews.
       The 21 Jan 1930 FD reported that rehearsals were underway at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       The 4 Feb 1930 FD indicated that actor Lawrence Grant would play an “important role” in the picture, and the 4 Jun 1930 Var review listed Grant as “Commodore Brinker.” The 19 Feb 1930 Var added that Geneva Mitchell took over the role of “Cleo Carewe” from Virginia Bruce, who was recast as “Alma McGregor.” Bernard Granville was announced as a cast member, but he was not credited in reviews.
       Several songs, written for the picture by Richard A. Whiting and George Marion, Jr., would be recorded by Columbia Phonograph Co., per an arrangement made by Famous Music Corp., as announced in the 12 Apr 1930 Motion Picture News.
       Although the film was deemed short on plot, Var and the 8 Jun 1930 FD praised its “clever lines” and “sophisticated performances” by Josephine Dunn and Carol Lombard. Safety in Numbers was proclaimed “good summer fare.”
       Carol Lombard was credited as “Carole Lombard” for the first time in this film, and from then on, she kept the new spelling, legally changing her name to Carole Lombard in 1936. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
3 May 1930
p. 32.
Film Daily
21 Jan 1930
p. 7.
Film Daily
4 Feb 1930
p. 7.
Film Daily
8 Jun 1930
p. 10.
Life
20 Jun 1930
p. 20.
Motion Picture News
12 Apr 1930
p. 31.
New York Times
31 May 1930
p. 19.
Variety
18 Dec 1929
p. 17.
Variety
8 Jan 1930
p. 91.
Variety
19 Feb 1930
p. 30, 43.
Variety
4 Jun 1930
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Scen
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
DANCE
Dance & ensemble dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"My Future Just Passed," "The Pick Up," "Do You Play Madame?" "(I'd Like to Be) a Bee in Your Boudoir," "You Appeal to Me," "Business Girl" and "The Pick Up," words by George Marion, Jr., music by Richard A. Whiting.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 June 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening at the Paramount Theatre: week of 30 May 1930
Production Date:
began late January 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 June 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1346
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,074
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

William Butler Reynolds, a 20-year-old San Franciscan with a penchant for dancing and song-writing, is about to inherit a sizable fortune. His guardian uncle decides to send him to New York to be educated in the "ways of the world" by three lady friends--Jacqueline, Maxine, and Pauline, Follies girls, who agree not to vamp him though he falls for Jacqueline and is jealous of her admirer, Phil Kempton. Bill's inept attempt to promote a song with a producer results in the firing of all three girls; and when Jacqueline then resists his advances, he picks up Alma, a telephone operator, and becomes attentive to Cleo, a Follies vamp, but the girls save him from her wiles. Luckily, the producer accepts the song and rehires the girls; Jacqueline, realizing the sincerity of the boy's love for her, embarks for Europe with Phil; but Phil realizes the appropriateness of the match and sees to it that the lovers are ... +


William Butler Reynolds, a 20-year-old San Franciscan with a penchant for dancing and song-writing, is about to inherit a sizable fortune. His guardian uncle decides to send him to New York to be educated in the "ways of the world" by three lady friends--Jacqueline, Maxine, and Pauline, Follies girls, who agree not to vamp him though he falls for Jacqueline and is jealous of her admirer, Phil Kempton. Bill's inept attempt to promote a song with a producer results in the firing of all three girls; and when Jacqueline then resists his advances, he picks up Alma, a telephone operator, and becomes attentive to Cleo, a Follies vamp, but the girls save him from her wiles. Luckily, the producer accepts the song and rehires the girls; Jacqueline, realizing the sincerity of the boy's love for her, embarks for Europe with Phil; but Phil realizes the appropriateness of the match and sees to it that the lovers are united. +

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