Small Town Deb (1941)

72 mins | Comedy | 7 November 1941

Director:

Harold Schuster

Writer:

Ethel Hill

Producer:

Lou Ostrow

Cinematographer:

Virgil E. Miller

Production Designers:

Richard Day, Chester Gore

Production Company:

Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, Jerrie Walters, credited with original story, was a pseudonym for Jane Withers. A HR news item stated that she received $3,000 for her story. In the film, Withers does an impression of fellow Twentieth Century-Fox star Carmen Miranda and sings "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)," which was one of Miranda's signature ... More Less

According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, Jerrie Walters, credited with original story, was a pseudonym for Jane Withers. A HR news item stated that she received $3,000 for her story. In the film, Withers does an impression of fellow Twentieth Century-Fox star Carmen Miranda and sings "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)," which was one of Miranda's signature songs. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Oct 1941.
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Daily Variety
20 Oct 1941.
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Film Daily
20 Oct 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 41
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 41
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Oct 41
p. 318.
Variety
22 Oct 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set des
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Jane Withers' tennis double
Jane Withers' drums instructor
Pub dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 November 1941
Production Date:
began 8 July 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 November 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10839
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in feet):
6,527
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7563
SYNOPSIS

Fifteen-year-old Patricia Randall is a thorn in the sides of her older brother Tim and sister Helen, who regard her as too young to be of any consequence. Even her mother admits that Pat is going through "that peculiar stage," but Pat's father Henry and the Randall housekeeper, Katie, know that Pat is a good kid at heart. Pat becomes especially annoying to Helen when she inadvertantly interferes with Helen's burgeoning romance with medical student Jack Richards. Jack, exhausted from his studies, is in the Randalls' small home town to rest for the summer, but Helen's constant socializing and sporting activities are wearing him out. Pat tries to get Helen to ease up, but when she does not, Pat convinces Jack to take a rest at the Randalls' country cabin rather than break up with Helen. Meanwhile, Henry grows increasingly worried because Helen's and his wife's extravagencies have so depleted the family's finances that he might not have enough money to pay the taxes on their land in the country. Henry had bought the land in the hope that a factory would want to move there, but he and friends, who have invested in land nearby, decide to ask the government if they want to buy the land for a military training ground. He travels to Chicago, and while the regional board there agrees that the site would be ideal, he must first receive the permission of Jack's influential businessman father, Eustace R. Richards. While Henry worries about the taxes, Helen desperately tries to find a date for the country club dance after Jack leaves town. Tim also tries to ... +


Fifteen-year-old Patricia Randall is a thorn in the sides of her older brother Tim and sister Helen, who regard her as too young to be of any consequence. Even her mother admits that Pat is going through "that peculiar stage," but Pat's father Henry and the Randall housekeeper, Katie, know that Pat is a good kid at heart. Pat becomes especially annoying to Helen when she inadvertantly interferes with Helen's burgeoning romance with medical student Jack Richards. Jack, exhausted from his studies, is in the Randalls' small home town to rest for the summer, but Helen's constant socializing and sporting activities are wearing him out. Pat tries to get Helen to ease up, but when she does not, Pat convinces Jack to take a rest at the Randalls' country cabin rather than break up with Helen. Meanwhile, Henry grows increasingly worried because Helen's and his wife's extravagencies have so depleted the family's finances that he might not have enough money to pay the taxes on their land in the country. Henry had bought the land in the hope that a factory would want to move there, but he and friends, who have invested in land nearby, decide to ask the government if they want to buy the land for a military training ground. He travels to Chicago, and while the regional board there agrees that the site would be ideal, he must first receive the permission of Jack's influential businessman father, Eustace R. Richards. While Henry worries about the taxes, Helen desperately tries to find a date for the country club dance after Jack leaves town. Tim also tries to find a date, for his girl friend, Sue Morgan, has left to visit a cousin. Helen succeeds in finding an escort, and Tim decides to take Pat. He pays for a new dress for her and a visit to the local beauty parlor, and Pat is thrilled with the results. The night of the dance, however, Pat's would-be suitor, Chauncey Jones, engineers the return of Sue so that Tim can take her to the dance and Pat is free for him. His own plans are thwarted though when he has to take his cousin Eloise, and Pat is left dateless. Determined to go because she knows that Mr. Richards will be there, Pat drives to the cabin and brings Jack back as her date. Both Richards and Helen are impressed with Jack's health, for he has recuperated well during his time alone, and he and Helen are reconciled. Pat easily convinces Richards to okay her father's project, then refuses all the boys who ask her to dance so that she can dance with Chauncey. +

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