Comet over Broadway (1938)

65 or 69 mins | Melodrama | 3 December 1938

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Cinematographer:

James Wong Howe

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Charles Novi

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The studio used stock footage from Kay Francis' 1935 film I Found Stella Parish . Warner Bros. records indicate that Comet Over Broadway began as an "A" picture, but when directors William Keighley and Edmund Goulding turned it down, the project was shelved. Then Bryan Foy took over the production in the "B" unit. Warner Bros. again shelved plans for production of the film when Bette Davis refused to play the lead. Miriam Hopkins was cast as the lead, but when she became ill, Kay Francis replaced her. Sybil Jason replaced Janet Chapman and John Farrow filled-in for Busby Berkeley while the latter was in the hospital. Screen credits list Faith Baldwin's story as the screenplay source. Studio correspondence, on the other hand, indicates that although the original script was based on Baldwin's story, Foy later abandoned that script and wrote an original story which he entitled Curtain Call , which was also the working title of the film. The producers returned to Baldwin's original title when the film was ... More Less

The studio used stock footage from Kay Francis' 1935 film I Found Stella Parish . Warner Bros. records indicate that Comet Over Broadway began as an "A" picture, but when directors William Keighley and Edmund Goulding turned it down, the project was shelved. Then Bryan Foy took over the production in the "B" unit. Warner Bros. again shelved plans for production of the film when Bette Davis refused to play the lead. Miriam Hopkins was cast as the lead, but when she became ill, Kay Francis replaced her. Sybil Jason replaced Janet Chapman and John Farrow filled-in for Busby Berkeley while the latter was in the hospital. Screen credits list Faith Baldwin's story as the screenplay source. Studio correspondence, on the other hand, indicates that although the original script was based on Baldwin's story, Foy later abandoned that script and wrote an original story which he entitled Curtain Call , which was also the working title of the film. The producers returned to Baldwin's original title when the film was released. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Nov 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Dec 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 38
p. 1, 11
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 38
p. 9.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Dec 38
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Dec 38
pp. 54-55.
New York Times
16 Dec 38
p. 33.
Variety
21 Dec 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
PRODUCTION MISC
Props
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the story "Comet Over Broadway" by Faith Baldwin in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar 1937).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Curtain Call
Release Date:
3 December 1938
Production Date:
mid July--early August 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 November 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8491
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65 or 69
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4500
SYNOPSIS

While married to Bill Appleton, Eve visits a famous actor in his cottage and is discovered by Bill, who misunderstands Eve's adoration for the performer and, in a fight, accidentally kills him. Bill is sentenced to life imprisonment, and Eve goes into burlesque to support herself and her small daughter, Jackie. Eve's friend, burlesque prima donna Tim Adams, convinces Eve to give Jackie to her so that she can pursue a legitimate stage career on Broadway. Tim rears Jackie as her own, while Eve climbs to stardom and falls in love with theatrical producer Bert Ballin. Eve tries to escape her love for Bert by traveling to London, where she becomes an enormous success. Finally, she confesses to Bert that although she loves him, she has promised to free her husband Bill. With Bert's help, Bill is paroled. Tim tells Jackie who her real mother is in time for the girl to join Eve at the prison gates and await Bill's ... +


While married to Bill Appleton, Eve visits a famous actor in his cottage and is discovered by Bill, who misunderstands Eve's adoration for the performer and, in a fight, accidentally kills him. Bill is sentenced to life imprisonment, and Eve goes into burlesque to support herself and her small daughter, Jackie. Eve's friend, burlesque prima donna Tim Adams, convinces Eve to give Jackie to her so that she can pursue a legitimate stage career on Broadway. Tim rears Jackie as her own, while Eve climbs to stardom and falls in love with theatrical producer Bert Ballin. Eve tries to escape her love for Bert by traveling to London, where she becomes an enormous success. Finally, she confesses to Bert that although she loves him, she has promised to free her husband Bill. With Bert's help, Bill is paroled. Tim tells Jackie who her real mother is in time for the girl to join Eve at the prison gates and await Bill's release. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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