The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)

114 or 116 mins | Musical comedy | 21 March 1946

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HISTORY

Virginia Mayo's character name is listed as "Polly Pringle" in the onscreen credits, but she is called "Polly Martin" in the film. According to a HR news item, Natalie Draper tested for a role in the picture. Although an Aug 1945 HR news item announced that the songs "Blue Danube" and "Welcome Home" were to be used in the film, neither were played in the released film. The Kid from Brooklyn was a remake of a 1936 Paramount film called The Milky Way , which was directed by Leo McCarey and starred Harold Lloyd (see below). Norman Z. McLeod, who directed The Kid from Brooklyn , was a fill-in director on the 1936 ... More Less

Virginia Mayo's character name is listed as "Polly Pringle" in the onscreen credits, but she is called "Polly Martin" in the film. According to a HR news item, Natalie Draper tested for a role in the picture. Although an Aug 1945 HR news item announced that the songs "Blue Danube" and "Welcome Home" were to be used in the film, neither were played in the released film. The Kid from Brooklyn was a remake of a 1936 Paramount film called The Milky Way , which was directed by Leo McCarey and starred Harold Lloyd (see below). Norman Z. McLeod, who directed The Kid from Brooklyn , was a fill-in director on the 1936 picture. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Mar 1946.
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Daily Variety
20 Mar 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Mar 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 45
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 46
p. 3, 14
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Sep 45
p. 2628.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Mar 46
p. 2918.
New York Times
19 Apr 46
p. 25.
Variety
20 Mar 46
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
and The Goldwyn Girls:
Helen Kimball
Thomas Patrick Dillon
Dulce Daye
Alexander Pollard
Billy Benedict
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
From a scr by
From a scr by
From a scr by
Contr to scr
Addl seq
Addl seq
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
Clothes des
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus supv
Vocal arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec optical eff
DANCE
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Research dir
STAND INS
Danny Kaye's double
Danny Kaye's double
Vera-Ellen's singing double
Virginia Mayo's singing double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Milky Way by Lynn Root and Harry Clork (New York, 8 May 1934).
SONGS
"Pavlova," words and music by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman
"You're the Cause of It All," "I Love an Old-Fashioned Song," "Hey! What's Your Name?" "Josie" and "The Sunflower Song," music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 March 1946
Production Date:
early June--early October 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Trinity Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 April 1946
Copyright Number:
LP378
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
114 or 116
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11292
SYNOPSIS

When Burleigh Sullivan, a failing Sunflower Dairies milkman, meets singer Polly Martin, he is overwhelmed by her beauty and offers to ask his sister Susie, a dancer at the 49 Club, to arrange a job for her. That night, Burleigh picks up Susie outside the club, only to find two men drunkenly accosting her. Susie runs for the police but cannot find any, and by the time she returns, both the men are knocked out, and Burleigh, still standing, recognizes them as Speed McFarlane, middleweight boxing champion of the world, and his coach, Spider Schultz. By the next morning the story is in all the newspapers, and Speed's manager, Gabby Sloane, is desperate to put an end to the bad publicity. When Burleigh is called to Gabby's hotel room, the manager is shocked to see his small stature, until Burleigh reveals that instead of knocking Speed out, he merely ducked a punch from Spider, which landed on Speed instead. As he demonstrates his story, Spider once again swings and accidentally hits Speed, who goes down just as reporters barge in and assume that Burleigh has triumphed again. To control the damaging press, Gabby decides to hire Burleigh as a professional boxer, planning for Speed to eventually beat him in the ring and regain his reputation. Meanwhile, Burleigh loses his job when he repeatedly calls his boss, Wilbur Austin, at five o'clock in the morning in an attempt to secure Polly a job. Later that day, Gabby visits Burleigh, and after hearing him talking to Polly on the phone, convinces Burleigh that Polly wants him to box. Soon, Burleigh begins to train at Gabby's camp under the name "Tiger Sullivan." ... +


When Burleigh Sullivan, a failing Sunflower Dairies milkman, meets singer Polly Martin, he is overwhelmed by her beauty and offers to ask his sister Susie, a dancer at the 49 Club, to arrange a job for her. That night, Burleigh picks up Susie outside the club, only to find two men drunkenly accosting her. Susie runs for the police but cannot find any, and by the time she returns, both the men are knocked out, and Burleigh, still standing, recognizes them as Speed McFarlane, middleweight boxing champion of the world, and his coach, Spider Schultz. By the next morning the story is in all the newspapers, and Speed's manager, Gabby Sloane, is desperate to put an end to the bad publicity. When Burleigh is called to Gabby's hotel room, the manager is shocked to see his small stature, until Burleigh reveals that instead of knocking Speed out, he merely ducked a punch from Spider, which landed on Speed instead. As he demonstrates his story, Spider once again swings and accidentally hits Speed, who goes down just as reporters barge in and assume that Burleigh has triumphed again. To control the damaging press, Gabby decides to hire Burleigh as a professional boxer, planning for Speed to eventually beat him in the ring and regain his reputation. Meanwhile, Burleigh loses his job when he repeatedly calls his boss, Wilbur Austin, at five o'clock in the morning in an attempt to secure Polly a job. Later that day, Gabby visits Burleigh, and after hearing him talking to Polly on the phone, convinces Burleigh that Polly wants him to box. Soon, Burleigh begins to train at Gabby's camp under the name "Tiger Sullivan." A poor boxer, he finally learns some technique by dancing around the ring and ducking frequently. Gabby sells the gullible Burleigh an expensive engagement ring and lies that Polly has promised to marry him if he wins the championship against Speed. When Polly arrives, however, she accepts his proposal only if he will give up fighting, which he cannot because he now owes Gabby for the ring. During his first fight, Polly learns that it has been fixed and tries to subtly discourage him from continuing, but when he wins that night, Burleigh is flushed with success. He continues to fight, growing more arrogant with each subsequent win. Finally, before the championship fight, Austin backs Burleigh and Gabby stages a huge promotional push. After Burleigh embarrasses her at a party with his hammy showmanship, Polly returns his ring. Susie, meanwhile, overhears Gabby admitting that the fight is rigged for Speed to win. She confronts Speed, who loves her and offers to forfeit the fight, but Susie realizes that Burleigh needs to be humbled and tells Speed to go ahead. On the day of the fight, Burleigh arrives with his pet foal and accidentally knocks Speed out with the horse, after which Spider mistakenly gives Speed a sleeping potion. As the fight begins, Burleigh becomes terrified when Polly whispers to him that all the fights have been fixed, but Speed is so incapacitated by the medicine that Burleigh still manages to knock him out. As he is named middleweight champion of the world, Burleigh, who now knows he is a fake, accepts Austin's offer of a partnership in Sunflower Dairies. As his tale ends, Burleigh reveals that the whole story has been a promotional film made by Sunflower Dairies, and he is a manager training his employees, Gabby and Speed. +

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