Zenobia (1939)

64 or 71 mins | Comedy | 21 April 1939

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Corey Ford

Cinematographers:

Karl Struss, Norbert Brodine

Editor:

Bert Jordan

Production Designer:

Charles D. Hall

Production Company:

Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were It's Spring Again and Zenobia's Infidelity . According to a news item in HR , Norman Blackburn wrote a preliminary treatment for this film, which was to have featured Roland Young as the male lead. Blackburn's participation in the final film has not been confirmed, however. Modern sources add that although producer Hal Roach considered Young for the lead, he decided to cast Oliver Hardy in the role when Stan Laurel sued the studio for breach of contract, thus temporarily breaking up the comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy. This was the first feature film Hardy made without Laurel since the beginning of their partnership. Although the Call Bureau Cast Service lists Norbert Brodine as cameraman, he is not credited onscreen or in reviews. This picture marked director A. Edward Sutherland's debut as a ... More Less

The working titles of this film were It's Spring Again and Zenobia's Infidelity . According to a news item in HR , Norman Blackburn wrote a preliminary treatment for this film, which was to have featured Roland Young as the male lead. Blackburn's participation in the final film has not been confirmed, however. Modern sources add that although producer Hal Roach considered Young for the lead, he decided to cast Oliver Hardy in the role when Stan Laurel sued the studio for breach of contract, thus temporarily breaking up the comedy duo of Laurel and Hardy. This was the first feature film Hardy made without Laurel since the beginning of their partnership. Although the Call Bureau Cast Service lists Norbert Brodine as cameraman, he is not credited onscreen or in reviews. This picture marked director A. Edward Sutherland's debut as a producer. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Mar 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Mar 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Mar 39
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Jan 39
p. 36.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Mar 39
pp. 48-49.
New York Times
15 May 39
p. 15.
Variety
15 Mar 39
p. 16.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Step'n Fetchit
The Hall Johnson Choir
Joe Girard
Jim Farley
Sidney Jarvis
Nigel DeBrulier
Luke Cosgrove
Kathleen McCormick
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus score
Choral arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Zenobia's Infidelity" by Henry C. Bunner in Golden Book (May, 1925).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Zenobia's Infidelity
It's Spring Again
Release Date:
21 April 1939
Production Date:
began early November 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 April 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8778
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 71
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5022
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Carter, the snobbish social dowager of a small Mississippi town, objects when her son Jeff announces that he is going to marry Mary Tibbett, the daughter of the town's poor but proud country doctor. In turn, Dr. Henry Tibbett, who believes in equality for all, has little patience for the snobbish and hypochondriacal Mrs. Carter. Complications arise when Dr. Tibbett comes to the aid of Zenobia, the sick elephant owned by carnival barker Professor McCrackle, and out of gratitude, the elephant falls in love with him and begins to follow him everywhere. Mrs. Carter seizes upon the opportunity to embarrass Tibbett, and convinces McCrackle to sue the doctor for alienating the affections of the animal. Her scheme backfires, however, when, at the trial, Jeff tells his mother off, thus forcing her to realize her selfishness. She finally consents to her son's marriage to the woman he loves. Thus, the loving couples are reunited, as Mary and Jeff are wed and Zenobia returns to McCrackle and gives birth to a baby ... +


Mrs. Carter, the snobbish social dowager of a small Mississippi town, objects when her son Jeff announces that he is going to marry Mary Tibbett, the daughter of the town's poor but proud country doctor. In turn, Dr. Henry Tibbett, who believes in equality for all, has little patience for the snobbish and hypochondriacal Mrs. Carter. Complications arise when Dr. Tibbett comes to the aid of Zenobia, the sick elephant owned by carnival barker Professor McCrackle, and out of gratitude, the elephant falls in love with him and begins to follow him everywhere. Mrs. Carter seizes upon the opportunity to embarrass Tibbett, and convinces McCrackle to sue the doctor for alienating the affections of the animal. Her scheme backfires, however, when, at the trial, Jeff tells his mother off, thus forcing her to realize her selfishness. She finally consents to her son's marriage to the woman he loves. Thus, the loving couples are reunited, as Mary and Jeff are wed and Zenobia returns to McCrackle and gives birth to a baby elephant. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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