Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942)

76-77 mins | Romance | 1942

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HISTORY

The original story by E. Lloyd Sheldon and Jack DeWitt was not published. The working titles of this film were King and Queen of the Jungle , Her Jungle Mate and Malaya . This film marks Judith Gibson's feature film debut. According to a HR news item, William Clemens directed two weeks of added scenes, which cost approximately $100,000, because Alfred Santell was not available. HR news items also reported that Richard Denning was slated to appear in Paramount's 1942 feature Reap the Wild Wind ; however, he was replaced so that he could appear in a starring role in Beyond the Blue Horizon . Neil Hamilton tested for the second male lead in Beyond the Blue Horizon , according to HR .
       Information in copyright records reveals that the chimpanzee, then named "Muk," was owned by a man called Trader Horn. In her autobiography, Dorothy Lamour explained that the chimpanzee's name was changed to "Gogo" because his original name rhymed with an offcolor word. Lamour also noted that Gogo was replaced by another chimpanzee in certain scenes because of difficulty with the chimpanzee. Paramount News noted that some scenes were filmed on location in Montebello, CA. This film was not favorably reviewed. HR stated that it had "gaudy Technicolor presentation in the photography," and DV noted, "In justice to Santell and others, this picture was hashed and rehashed and finally largely remade from something called Malaya . Monta Bell, who draws associate producer credit, resigned from Paramount before the film was finished. ... More Less

The original story by E. Lloyd Sheldon and Jack DeWitt was not published. The working titles of this film were King and Queen of the Jungle , Her Jungle Mate and Malaya . This film marks Judith Gibson's feature film debut. According to a HR news item, William Clemens directed two weeks of added scenes, which cost approximately $100,000, because Alfred Santell was not available. HR news items also reported that Richard Denning was slated to appear in Paramount's 1942 feature Reap the Wild Wind ; however, he was replaced so that he could appear in a starring role in Beyond the Blue Horizon . Neil Hamilton tested for the second male lead in Beyond the Blue Horizon , according to HR .
       Information in copyright records reveals that the chimpanzee, then named "Muk," was owned by a man called Trader Horn. In her autobiography, Dorothy Lamour explained that the chimpanzee's name was changed to "Gogo" because his original name rhymed with an offcolor word. Lamour also noted that Gogo was replaced by another chimpanzee in certain scenes because of difficulty with the chimpanzee. Paramount News noted that some scenes were filmed on location in Montebello, CA. This film was not favorably reviewed. HR stated that it had "gaudy Technicolor presentation in the photography," and DV noted, "In justice to Santell and others, this picture was hashed and rehashed and finally largely remade from something called Malaya . Monta Bell, who draws associate producer credit, resigned from Paramount before the film was finished. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 May 1942.
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Daily Variety
6 May 1942.
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Film Daily
7 May 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 41
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 May 42
p. 646.
New York Times
25 Jun 42
p. 27.
Variety
6 May 42
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Katharine Booth
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir of added scenes
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Transparencies
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Elephant painter
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Full Moon and an Empty Heart," music by Harry Revel, lyrics by Mort Greene
"Pagan Lullaby," music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and Jule Styne.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
King and Queen of the Jungle
Her Jungle Mate
Malaya
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 25 June 1942
Production Date:
mid July--late August 1941
addl shooting in November 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 May 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11488
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
76-77
Length(in feet):
6,846
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7577
SYNOPSIS

In San Francisco, Squidge Sullivan, press agent for the Putnam and Bailey Circus, contrives to tie publicity about his lion tamer, Jakra the Magnificent, with news of the rescue of Tama, a young woman claiming to be the long-lost heir to the Chase fortune. Although Tama, who was rescued from the jungles of Malaya by Professor Thornton, is welcomed by the Chase family, they demand proof of her heritage, especially after Jakra rejects Tama's claim that her pet tiger can swim. Tama returns to the jungle with Jakra, his girl friend Carol, Sullivan and Thornton, to look for a metal box containing the papers of Tama's parents, who were killed when an elephant, Mabok, rampaged through their village. Native Malayans agree to escort the expedition to Forbidden Valley, home of Mabok and Tama's former village, and as the group makes its way through the jungle, Jakra falls in love with Tama and sees that her tiger friend, Naya, indeed swims. The natives, who learn that there is no treasure at the end of the journey, attempt to kill the group and steal their supplies, but flee after a protective Naya attacks one of their members. Later, they are killed when Mabok goes on a rampage. Tama leads the group to the island where she grew up alone, safe from Mabok, and they then sail a raft to the site of her former village. They find the boxes containing her parents' papers but must escape to the island when Mabok returns. Jakra and Tama remain to build a trap for Mabok, and as they confess their love for each other, Carol and Thornton, on the island, ... +


In San Francisco, Squidge Sullivan, press agent for the Putnam and Bailey Circus, contrives to tie publicity about his lion tamer, Jakra the Magnificent, with news of the rescue of Tama, a young woman claiming to be the long-lost heir to the Chase fortune. Although Tama, who was rescued from the jungles of Malaya by Professor Thornton, is welcomed by the Chase family, they demand proof of her heritage, especially after Jakra rejects Tama's claim that her pet tiger can swim. Tama returns to the jungle with Jakra, his girl friend Carol, Sullivan and Thornton, to look for a metal box containing the papers of Tama's parents, who were killed when an elephant, Mabok, rampaged through their village. Native Malayans agree to escort the expedition to Forbidden Valley, home of Mabok and Tama's former village, and as the group makes its way through the jungle, Jakra falls in love with Tama and sees that her tiger friend, Naya, indeed swims. The natives, who learn that there is no treasure at the end of the journey, attempt to kill the group and steal their supplies, but flee after a protective Naya attacks one of their members. Later, they are killed when Mabok goes on a rampage. Tama leads the group to the island where she grew up alone, safe from Mabok, and they then sail a raft to the site of her former village. They find the boxes containing her parents' papers but must escape to the island when Mabok returns. Jakra and Tama remain to build a trap for Mabok, and as they confess their love for each other, Carol and Thornton, on the island, also fall in love. In the morning they lead a rampaging Mabok on a chase, which ends when the elephant runs through their trap to a cliff and falls to his death. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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