Springtime in the Rockies (1942)

90-91 mins | Musical comedy | 6 November 1942

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HISTORY

Although Philip Wylie's story was published under the title "Second Honeymoon," it was purchased by Twentieth Century-Fox under the title "Worship the Sun." A HR news item noted that Frederick Jackson was working on the picture's script, but the extent of his contribution to the completed film has not been confirmed. According to a 20 Dec 1941 story outline, contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, Fred Astaire and Rudy Vallee were originally considered for the male leads. According to the the Records of the Legal Department, also at UCLA, the studio paid $1,000 for a waiver from Villa Moret, Inc, the copyright proprietors of the song "When It's Springtime in the Rockies," so that there would be no legal conflict using the title Springtime in the Rockies . The legal records also reveal that Twentieth Century-Fox paid approximately $1,160 to Republic Pictures, which had prior claim on the title for use on a Roy Rogers picture. That film was then released as Romance on the Range in 1942 (see above). A 22 Jun 1942 studio press release noted that the songs "Magazines" and "I Like to Be Loved By You," written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, were to be included in the film, although they were not included in the finished picture. According to a HR news item, the studio intended to shoot the picture on location at Lake Louise in Canada due to "defense regulations hindering exterior shooting in the Hollywood area." Only background shots were filmed in Canada, however. "I Had the Craziest Dream," which is ... More Less

Although Philip Wylie's story was published under the title "Second Honeymoon," it was purchased by Twentieth Century-Fox under the title "Worship the Sun." A HR news item noted that Frederick Jackson was working on the picture's script, but the extent of his contribution to the completed film has not been confirmed. According to a 20 Dec 1941 story outline, contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, Fred Astaire and Rudy Vallee were originally considered for the male leads. According to the the Records of the Legal Department, also at UCLA, the studio paid $1,000 for a waiver from Villa Moret, Inc, the copyright proprietors of the song "When It's Springtime in the Rockies," so that there would be no legal conflict using the title Springtime in the Rockies . The legal records also reveal that Twentieth Century-Fox paid approximately $1,160 to Republic Pictures, which had prior claim on the title for use on a Roy Rogers picture. That film was then released as Romance on the Range in 1942 (see above). A 22 Jun 1942 studio press release noted that the songs "Magazines" and "I Like to Be Loved By You," written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, were to be included in the film, although they were not included in the finished picture. According to a HR news item, the studio intended to shoot the picture on location at Lake Louise in Canada due to "defense regulations hindering exterior shooting in the Hollywood area." Only background shots were filmed in Canada, however. "I Had the Craziest Dream," which is sung by Harry James's band singer Helen Forrest in the film, became one of Betty Grable's signature songs. Grable and James were married in 1943, and according to modern sources, they named their first-born daughter, Victoria Elizabeth, after the character Grable played in this film. The couple were divorced in 1965. Grable starred with Dick Powell in the Lux Radio Theatre version of the film, which was broadcast on 22 May 1944. Twentieth Century-Fox first filmed Wylie's story in 1936 under the title Second Honeymoon . That picture was directed by Walter Lang and starred Tyrone Power and Loretta Young (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3939). The legal records reveal that in 1946, the studio intended to film another remake, entitled Autumn in Acapulco , but that version was never produced. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 Sep 1942.
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Daily Variety
21 Sep 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Sep 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 42
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Sep 42
p. 921.
New York Times
12 Nov 42
p. 30.
Variety
23 Sep 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor dir
Assoc
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Second Honeymoon" by Philip Wylie in Red Book Magazine (Dec 1936).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"Ciribiribin," music by Alberto Pestalozza
"You Made Me Love You," music by James V. Monaco, arranged by Gray Rains
"Two O'Clock Jump" (A Variation on "One O'Clock Jump") by Count Basie and Harry James
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MUSIC
"Ciribiribin," music by Alberto Pestalozza
"You Made Me Love You," music by James V. Monaco, arranged by Gray Rains
"Two O'Clock Jump" (A Variation on "One O'Clock Jump") by Count Basie and Harry James
"I Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much): by Harry Warren
"Sleepy Lagoon" by Eric Coates.
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SONGS
"I Had the Craziest Dream," "Run, Little Raindrop, Run" and "A Poem Set to Music," music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
"Chattanooga Choo Choo," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon, Portuguese lyrics by Aloysio Oliveira
"O 'Tic Tac' Do Meu Coraçao," music and lyrics by Alcyr Pires Vermelho
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SONGS
"I Had the Craziest Dream," "Run, Little Raindrop, Run" and "A Poem Set to Music," music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
"Chattanooga Choo Choo," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon, Portuguese lyrics by Aloysio Oliveira
"O 'Tic Tac' Do Meu Coraçao," music and lyrics by Alcyr Pires Vermelho
"Pan Americana Jubilee," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon, Portuguese lyrics by Aloysio Oliveira, Spanish lyrics by Stella Harris.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
6 November 1942
Production Date:
15 June--early August 1942
retakes and added scenes shot 8 August--10 August 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 November 1942
Copyright Number:
LP12043
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
90-91
Length(in feet):
8,171
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8589
SYNOPSIS

During the thirty-fourth week of their hit Broadway show, dancer Vicky Lane awaits the arrival of her partner, Dan Christy, but as usual, he is late. Vicky thinks that Dan is buying her an engagement ring and is infuriated to discover that he has been on a date with socialite Marilyn Crothers. Fed up with Dan's womanizing and insensitivity, Vicky quits the show and returns to her former dancing partner and beau, Victor Prince, who is still in love with her. Three months pass as Dan sinks into a depression and cannot find a backer for his new show. His agent, the Commissioner, tells him that businessmen Bickel and Brown will back his show, but only if he can get Vicky to return. Dan is pessimistic, for Vicky and Victor are beginning a new engagement with Harry James and His Music Makers at a Lake Louise resort in the Canadian Rockies. The Commissioner tells Dan to romance Vicky so that she will come back, and not tell her about Bickel and Brown until she arrives in New York. He then asks bartender McTavish to get the drunken Dan on the next plane to Lake Louise. When Dan awakens sometime later, he finds himself at the Canadian resort and learns that he has hired McTavish as his valet and Rosita Murphy, who was working in a Detroit souvenir shop, as his secretary. He then confronts Vicky, who happily shows off the engagement ring given to her by Victor. Dan is discouraged but hits upon the scheme of making Vicky jealous by romancing Rosita. His plan appears to be working until Vicky learns ... +


During the thirty-fourth week of their hit Broadway show, dancer Vicky Lane awaits the arrival of her partner, Dan Christy, but as usual, he is late. Vicky thinks that Dan is buying her an engagement ring and is infuriated to discover that he has been on a date with socialite Marilyn Crothers. Fed up with Dan's womanizing and insensitivity, Vicky quits the show and returns to her former dancing partner and beau, Victor Prince, who is still in love with her. Three months pass as Dan sinks into a depression and cannot find a backer for his new show. His agent, the Commissioner, tells him that businessmen Bickel and Brown will back his show, but only if he can get Vicky to return. Dan is pessimistic, for Vicky and Victor are beginning a new engagement with Harry James and His Music Makers at a Lake Louise resort in the Canadian Rockies. The Commissioner tells Dan to romance Vicky so that she will come back, and not tell her about Bickel and Brown until she arrives in New York. He then asks bartender McTavish to get the drunken Dan on the next plane to Lake Louise. When Dan awakens sometime later, he finds himself at the Canadian resort and learns that he has hired McTavish as his valet and Rosita Murphy, who was working in a Detroit souvenir shop, as his secretary. He then confronts Vicky, who happily shows off the engagement ring given to her by Victor. Dan is discouraged but hits upon the scheme of making Vicky jealous by romancing Rosita. His plan appears to be working until Vicky learns the truth from Rosita, who has aroused the interest of Victor, although she prefers McTavish. Vicky's friend, Phoebe Gray, is also intrigued by McTavish, and the couples spend much time pursuing and arguing with each other. One evening, Dan barges into Vicky's room and refuses to leave when she summons Victor. Angered by Dan's presence, Victor accuses Vicky of being unfaithful, and she breaks off their engagement. Later that evening, Vicky and Dan reconcile, and he promises to be honest with her. He tries to tell her about the new show, but she rushes off to plan their departure the next morning. As she is checking out in the morning, Vicky runs into the Commissioner, and Bickel and Brown, who have just arrived and spill the beans about the show. Thinking that Dan is using her once again, Vicky runs off in tears, but the quick-thinking Rosita is able to cover up for Dan and convince Vicky that he intended to take her to California for their honeymoon. In the process, however, Bickel and Brown are lost as sponsors and Rosita must persuade McTavish to invest some of his inheritance into Vicky and Dan's new show. That accomplished, the show opens with Vicky and Dan as the star performers, supported by Harry James, Rosita and Victor, and McTavish and Phoebe. +

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