Captain January (1936)

77-78 mins | Comedy-drama | 17 April 1936

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HISTORY

According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, writer Jack McGowan was assigned to the film for one day but did no work on it. Some scenes were shot at Point Lobos State Park in CA. HR production charts list as cast members Gareth Joplin and Mary Carr. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The film was previewed in Long Beach on 29 Jan 1936. An aria from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor , originally written as a sextette, was performed in the film by Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee and Slim Summerville. Time noted that this film broke box office records in Milwaukee, Portland, ME, Dayton, Richmond, Cincinnati, Boston and Baltimore.
       According to news items and information in the legal records, the publisher L. C. Page and Co. sought an injunction against the film's distribution, claiming that they acquired the motion picture rights to the novel in 1923. After the U.S. Circuit Court for the 2d Circuit decreed a preliminary injunction, Twentieth Century-Fox agreed to pay a settlement of $50,000. Distribution of the film was held up until the settlement was reached. An earlier film based on the same source was made in 1924 by Principal Pictures; it was directed by Edward F. Cline and starred Hobart Bosworth and Baby Peggy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, writer Jack McGowan was assigned to the film for one day but did no work on it. Some scenes were shot at Point Lobos State Park in CA. HR production charts list as cast members Gareth Joplin and Mary Carr. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The film was previewed in Long Beach on 29 Jan 1936. An aria from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor , originally written as a sextette, was performed in the film by Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee and Slim Summerville. Time noted that this film broke box office records in Milwaukee, Portland, ME, Dayton, Richmond, Cincinnati, Boston and Baltimore.
       According to news items and information in the legal records, the publisher L. C. Page and Co. sought an injunction against the film's distribution, claiming that they acquired the motion picture rights to the novel in 1923. After the U.S. Circuit Court for the 2d Circuit decreed a preliminary injunction, Twentieth Century-Fox agreed to pay a settlement of $50,000. Distribution of the film was held up until the settlement was reached. An earlier film based on the same source was made in 1924 by Principal Pictures; it was directed by Edward F. Cline and starred Hobart Bosworth and Baby Peggy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0776). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Mar 1936.
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Daily Variety
30 Jan 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Mar 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 36
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 36
sect. II, p. 69.
Motion Picture Daily
31 Jan 36
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Feb 36
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Mar 36
p. 38.
New York Times
25 Apr 36
p. 21.
Time
27 Apr 36
p. 36.
Variety
29 Apr 36
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Settings
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Ed asst
Ed asst
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
DANCE
Dances staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Loc mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Captain January by Laura E. Richards (New York, 1890).
SONGS
Sextette from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor , music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
"Early Bird" and "At the Codfish Ball," music and lyrics by Lew Pollack and Sidney D. Mitchell
"The Right Somebody to Love," music and lyrics by Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack
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SONGS
Sextette from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor , music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
"Early Bird" and "At the Codfish Ball," music and lyrics by Lew Pollack and Sidney D. Mitchell
"The Right Somebody to Love," music and lyrics by Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack
"Asleep in the Deep," music by H. W. Petrie, lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
17 April 1936
Production Date:
early November--24 December 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 April 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6503
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77-78
Length(in feet):
6,958
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1823
SYNOPSIS

Captain January, the lighthouse keeper at Cape Tempest, Maine, takes care of a young orphaned girl he saved from a shipwreck, whom he has named Star. As Star sings and dances one day with her friend, Paul Roberts, and other unemployed sailors, Agatha Morgan, the new truant officer sent from Salem, learns that Star does not go to school and interrupts as one old sailor is teaching Star how to spit in the wind. Morgan berates Star and warns her that she will speak to Captain January about her. During Star's birthday party, "Cap" and his old crony, Captain Nazro, the government inspector, are showing off their tattoos as Morgan enters. She warns that it is within the power of the school authorities to have Star sent to an institution if she is not raised properly. When Cap brags that Star can read and write as well as an eight-year-old, due to his instruction, Morgan arranges for her to take a test at the school with her nephew Cyril, whom she would like to skip a grade. Cap and Nazro take Star to a dress shop to get her a new outfit for the examination, but the one Star likes costs $41.71, which Cap does not have. At Nazro's urging, they visit the Widow Croft, who, despite Cap's repugnance toward her, hopes for a marriage proposal from him, and she gladly lends the money. Star does well on the examination and is admitted to the third grade, while the stuffy Cyril gets nervous and is not allowed to advance a grade. When Nazro gets a telegram from Washington stating that automatic equipment will be installed ... +


Captain January, the lighthouse keeper at Cape Tempest, Maine, takes care of a young orphaned girl he saved from a shipwreck, whom he has named Star. As Star sings and dances one day with her friend, Paul Roberts, and other unemployed sailors, Agatha Morgan, the new truant officer sent from Salem, learns that Star does not go to school and interrupts as one old sailor is teaching Star how to spit in the wind. Morgan berates Star and warns her that she will speak to Captain January about her. During Star's birthday party, "Cap" and his old crony, Captain Nazro, the government inspector, are showing off their tattoos as Morgan enters. She warns that it is within the power of the school authorities to have Star sent to an institution if she is not raised properly. When Cap brags that Star can read and write as well as an eight-year-old, due to his instruction, Morgan arranges for her to take a test at the school with her nephew Cyril, whom she would like to skip a grade. Cap and Nazro take Star to a dress shop to get her a new outfit for the examination, but the one Star likes costs $41.71, which Cap does not have. At Nazro's urging, they visit the Widow Croft, who, despite Cap's repugnance toward her, hopes for a marriage proposal from him, and she gladly lends the money. Star does well on the examination and is admitted to the third grade, while the stuffy Cyril gets nervous and is not allowed to advance a grade. When Nazro gets a telegram from Washington stating that automatic equipment will be installed in the lighthouse and that Cap will soon lose his job, he keeps the news from Cap and writes to Mr. and Mrs. John Mason in Boston, whose names he found in the scrapbook the captain recovered when he rescued Star. Cap learns about the change, however, from another sailor. When Cap cannot get another job, Nazro, at the urging of Star's teacher, Mary Marshall, who is afraid Morgan will get a court order to have Star taken away, sends the Masons a telegram. When Nazro, trying to cheer up the depressed Cap, tells him about the telegram, Cap explodes in anger and accuses Nazro of plotting to take Star away from him. As the new equipment is installed at the lighthouse, Cap plans to take Star to the Widow Croft's to live, but Nazro informs him that Morgan is on her way accompanied by a deputy sheriff with a court order to take Star. Cap and Star hide out with Paul on Nazro's boat, but at night, as Nazro brings them supplies, the deputy sheriff and Morgan follow. Cap hits the man, who still manages to take the crying child away. On shore, Mary tells the deputy that John Mason, who, as the American consul of Morocco, had been away the previous four years, has just arrived with proof that Star is his niece. Satisfied, the deputy turns Star over to Mason and his wife. Although Star is happy with her abundant new toys in the Masons' big house, she misses Cap. As a surprise, the Masons take her on a trip to their boat, where, to her delight, she finds that they have hired Cap as the captain, Nazro as first mate and Paul as the crew. Now that he has a job, Paul can marry his sweetheart Mary. Cap is a bit chagrined to learn that the Widow Croft is the ship's cook, but they all sing happily with the joyous Star at the end. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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