My Life with Caroline (1941)

78 or 81 mins | Romantic comedy | 1 August 1941

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HISTORY

According to a pre-production news item in LAT , director Lewis Milestone collaborated with writers John Van Druten and Arnold Belgard on an early draft of this screenplay entitled Palm Beach Limited , which was also the working title of this film. In the opening credits, cast members ride across the screen mounted on merry-go-round horses. United Producers Corp., the production company that co-sponsored the film with RKO, was established by producer William Hawks and actor Ronald Colman. The collaboration marked Hawks's first and last production for RKO and Colman's first picture for the studio. According to pre-production news items in HR , Hawks was originally slated to produce the picture, but his credit was changed to executive producer when Milestone took over production chores.
       Other news items in HR note that the studio considered Miriam Hopkins and Eva Gabor for the title role. Post-release news items add that British actress Anna Lee, who played the title role, was awarded a term contract on the basis of her performance in this film. Another news item in HR adds that background shots were filmed in Palm Beach, ... More Less

According to a pre-production news item in LAT , director Lewis Milestone collaborated with writers John Van Druten and Arnold Belgard on an early draft of this screenplay entitled Palm Beach Limited , which was also the working title of this film. In the opening credits, cast members ride across the screen mounted on merry-go-round horses. United Producers Corp., the production company that co-sponsored the film with RKO, was established by producer William Hawks and actor Ronald Colman. The collaboration marked Hawks's first and last production for RKO and Colman's first picture for the studio. According to pre-production news items in HR , Hawks was originally slated to produce the picture, but his credit was changed to executive producer when Milestone took over production chores.
       Other news items in HR note that the studio considered Miriam Hopkins and Eva Gabor for the title role. Post-release news items add that British actress Anna Lee, who played the title role, was awarded a term contract on the basis of her performance in this film. Another news item in HR adds that background shots were filmed in Palm Beach, FL. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Aug 41
p. 375.
Box Office
19 Jul 1941.
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Daily Variety
16 Jul 1941.
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Film Daily
16 Jul 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 41
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 41
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
16 Dec 1940.
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Motion Picture Herald
19 Jul 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 May 41
p. 146.
New York Times
30 Oct 41
p. 27.
Variety
16 Jul 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
STAND INS
Stunt double
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Le train pour Venise by Louis Verneuil and Georges Berr (1935).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Palm Beach Limited
Release Date:
1 August 1941
Production Date:
24 February--15 April 1941
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 August 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10636
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78 or 81
Length(in feet):
7,296
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7144
SYNOPSIS

At a charity ball in Alpine Lodge, Idaho, Argentine millionarie Paco Del Valle asks Mr. Bliss for permission to marry his daughter Caroline. Bliss replies that Paco should seek permission from Caroline's husband, New York publisher Anthony Mason. Heeding her father's advice, Caroline cables Anthony that she is coming to New York on "urgent business." While waiting at the airport for her east-bound plane, Caroline remarks to Paco that she feels as if she'd "lived all this before." Caroline's sense of deja vu is commented on by Anthony, who has landed at the Idaho airport minutes before and now is observing his wife and her new beau. Anthony, who deplaned carrying a bust of Caroline, recalls receiving another urgent wire two years earlier, when his wife was enamored of dilettante sculptor Paul Martindale in Palm Beach, Florida: Rushing in from New York in response to the cable, Anthony finds Caroline at the Palm Beach airport bidding farewell to Bliss and Paul as she prepares to fly to New York to ask her husband for a divorce. Caroline, surprised to see her husband, introduces him to Paul and they return to their Palm Beach mansion, where Anthony observes his wife's new interest in sculpture and surmises the relationship between her and Paul. When Caroline attempts to ask Anthony for a divorce, he slips out of the room and invites Reverend Dr. Curtis, the family minister, to visit. Ashamed to ask for a divorce in front of Dr. Curtis, Paul and Caroline decide to sneak away later that night on a train bound for Santa Barbara. Finding their travel arrangements written on ... +


At a charity ball in Alpine Lodge, Idaho, Argentine millionarie Paco Del Valle asks Mr. Bliss for permission to marry his daughter Caroline. Bliss replies that Paco should seek permission from Caroline's husband, New York publisher Anthony Mason. Heeding her father's advice, Caroline cables Anthony that she is coming to New York on "urgent business." While waiting at the airport for her east-bound plane, Caroline remarks to Paco that she feels as if she'd "lived all this before." Caroline's sense of deja vu is commented on by Anthony, who has landed at the Idaho airport minutes before and now is observing his wife and her new beau. Anthony, who deplaned carrying a bust of Caroline, recalls receiving another urgent wire two years earlier, when his wife was enamored of dilettante sculptor Paul Martindale in Palm Beach, Florida: Rushing in from New York in response to the cable, Anthony finds Caroline at the Palm Beach airport bidding farewell to Bliss and Paul as she prepares to fly to New York to ask her husband for a divorce. Caroline, surprised to see her husband, introduces him to Paul and they return to their Palm Beach mansion, where Anthony observes his wife's new interest in sculpture and surmises the relationship between her and Paul. When Caroline attempts to ask Anthony for a divorce, he slips out of the room and invites Reverend Dr. Curtis, the family minister, to visit. Ashamed to ask for a divorce in front of Dr. Curtis, Paul and Caroline decide to sneak away later that night on a train bound for Santa Barbara. Finding their travel arrangements written on a discarded cocktail napkin, Anthony schemes to derail their plans. Caroline instructs Helen, her divorced friend, to drive her to the station at seven o'clock that night, but when Helen arrives at the appointed hour, she finds Caroline sobbing with second thoughts, having spent a romantic afternoon with Anthony. Ten minutes before Paul is to depart for the station, he is visited by Anthony, who insists on driving him to the depot. Realizing that the only way to avoid a scene between Anthony and Caroline is to miss the train, a tremulous Paul makes small talk with Anthony. When enough time has elapsed to ensure that Paul will miss his rendezvous, Anthony instructs his chauffeur to drive him to the station. Meanwhile, Caroline boards the train to keep her appointment with Paul and realizes that she has been stood up. Outside of Paul's house, Anthony anxiously awaits the final outcome. Soon after, an angry Caroline appears at Paul's door and demands an explanation. As Anthony watches them argue, he asks Bliss if he should grant Caroline a divorce, and Bliss reassures him that Caroline needs him. Bolstered by his father-in- law's encouragement, Anthony knocks on Paul's door and Caroline ducks behind the bar. When Anthony asks Paul if his wife has been seeing another man, Caroline pops up from behind the bar and accuses Anthony of manipulation. Anthony apologizes and when Caroline accepts his apology, he asks Paul for a bust that he has scuplted of Caroline. Returning to the present in Idaho, Caroline sees Anthony's pilot carrying her bust and, realizing that her husband must be near, follows him to Anthony, who embraces her. Paul, a chance spectator of the reunion, proceeds into the airport terminal, where he joins Bliss and Paco. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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