Face in the Sky (1933)

68 or 74 mins | Comedy-drama | 22 January 1933

Director:

Harry Lachman

Cinematographer:

Lee Garmes

Editor:

Ralph Dietrich

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

During production, the title of this film was changed briefly to Fortune Smiles . MPH reviewed the film under the title The Face in the Sky . This was director Harry Lachman's first American film, according to a HR news item. Lachman, born in the U.S., had previously been an artist in Paris and a set designer for films, before directing in England and France. According to news items, James Dunn and Charles Farrell, at various times, were set to play the male lead. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Stuart Erwin was loaned from Paramount and the farm in the film was built in Long Beach, CA. Modern sources list the following additional cast members: Dale Fuller, Ben Hall, Si Jenks, Vic Potel, Frank Hagney and James ... More Less

During production, the title of this film was changed briefly to Fortune Smiles . MPH reviewed the film under the title The Face in the Sky . This was director Harry Lachman's first American film, according to a HR news item. Lachman, born in the U.S., had previously been an artist in Paris and a set designer for films, before directing in England and France. According to news items, James Dunn and Charles Farrell, at various times, were set to play the male lead. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Stuart Erwin was loaned from Paramount and the farm in the film was built in Long Beach, CA. Modern sources list the following additional cast members: Dale Fuller, Ben Hall, Si Jenks, Vic Potel, Frank Hagney and James Burke. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Sep 32
p. 4.
Film Daily
17 Oct 32
p. 6.
Film Daily
15 Dec 32
p. 7.
Film Daily
29 Dec 32
p. 2.
Film Daily
18 Feb 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 32
p. 1, 2
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 32
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 32
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Feb 33
p. 38.
New York Times
20 Feb 33
p. 11.
Variety
21 Feb 33
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Settings
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Parade of the Ads," music by Val Burton, Will Jason and Arthur Lange, lyrics by Val Burton and Will Jason.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fortune Smiles
Release Date:
22 January 1933
Production Date:
7 November--17 December 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 January 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3571
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 74
Length(in feet):
6,620
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Traveling sign painter Joe Buck, whose ambition is to rise to the top and marry a beautiful "dame" whose father owns a railroad, considers himself an artist. With his partner Lucky, Joe arrives at the Brown farm where he convinces hostile Pa Brown to let him paint a huge ad on his barn for "Beauty Magic for the Forgotten Woman" in exchange for a phony watch. Madge, the Brown's naïve and sheltered ward who is to marry the Brown's son Jim, admires Joe's painting and independence. After Jim captures Madge's pet lamb, Joe knocks out Jim and drives off with Lucky only to discover Madge and the lamb hiding in their truck. Jim and Pa chase them to Circleville, where a carnival is in progress. After Joe buys Madge a dress and takes her away from a designing fortune-teller, Professor Triplett, Joe kisses Madge goodnight on her cheek. The kiss moves to Madge's lips, and Joe says he's "daffy" about her. Just then, Pa and Jim, accompanied by the Circleville sheriff, arrive, and when they threaten Joe with a penitentiary sentence for spending the night with a minor after crossing state lines, Madge says she will marry Jim if the charges are dropped. Joe and Lucky leave for New York, and Ma Brown, seeing Madge crying, gives her money to follow Joe. In New York, Joe has to paint a massive portrait of celebrity Sharon Hadley atop the city roofs to advertise a beauty product. Although he seems interested in Sharon's flirtations, he paints Madge's picture instead. Madge, meanwhile, wanders through the city, and she is lured by Triplett to ... +


Traveling sign painter Joe Buck, whose ambition is to rise to the top and marry a beautiful "dame" whose father owns a railroad, considers himself an artist. With his partner Lucky, Joe arrives at the Brown farm where he convinces hostile Pa Brown to let him paint a huge ad on his barn for "Beauty Magic for the Forgotten Woman" in exchange for a phony watch. Madge, the Brown's naïve and sheltered ward who is to marry the Brown's son Jim, admires Joe's painting and independence. After Jim captures Madge's pet lamb, Joe knocks out Jim and drives off with Lucky only to discover Madge and the lamb hiding in their truck. Jim and Pa chase them to Circleville, where a carnival is in progress. After Joe buys Madge a dress and takes her away from a designing fortune-teller, Professor Triplett, Joe kisses Madge goodnight on her cheek. The kiss moves to Madge's lips, and Joe says he's "daffy" about her. Just then, Pa and Jim, accompanied by the Circleville sheriff, arrive, and when they threaten Joe with a penitentiary sentence for spending the night with a minor after crossing state lines, Madge says she will marry Jim if the charges are dropped. Joe and Lucky leave for New York, and Ma Brown, seeing Madge crying, gives her money to follow Joe. In New York, Joe has to paint a massive portrait of celebrity Sharon Hadley atop the city roofs to advertise a beauty product. Although he seems interested in Sharon's flirtations, he paints Madge's picture instead. Madge, meanwhile, wanders through the city, and she is lured by Triplett to his apartment, where she sees her face in the sky through Triplett's telescope. She escapes, hides in Joe's truck again, and as Joe and Lucky drive off, tells a happy Joe that she has come to marry him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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