Just Around the Corner (1938)

70-71 mins | Comedy | 11 November 1938

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Sunnyside Up and Lucky Penny . Although a HR news item states that the "original" story was written by Kenneth Earl and Howard Ellis Smith, and that Wally Vernon was to be in the cast, their participation in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to a modern source, executive producer Darryl Zanuck and director Irving Cummings wrote the script under the pseudonyms Darrell Ware and J. P. McEvoy. This was the last of four films co-starring Shirley Temple and Bill ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Sunnyside Up and Lucky Penny . Although a HR news item states that the "original" story was written by Kenneth Earl and Howard Ellis Smith, and that Wally Vernon was to be in the cast, their participation in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to a modern source, executive producer Darryl Zanuck and director Irving Cummings wrote the script under the pseudonyms Darrell Ware and J. P. McEvoy. This was the last of four films co-starring Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Nov 1938.
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Daily Variety
29 Oct 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Nov 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 38
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 38
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
5 Dec 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Sep 38
p. 44.
Motion Picture Herald
5 Nov 38
p. 36, 38
New York Times
3 Dec 38
p. 11.
Variety
2 Nov 38
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
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
DANCE
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"This Is a Happy Little Ditty," "I Love to Walk in the Rain" and "Brass Buttons and Epaulettes," music and lyrics by Walter Bullock and Harold Spina
"Just Around the Corner," music by Albert von Tilzer, lyrics by Dolph Singer.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Sunnyside Up
Lucky Penny
Release Date:
11 November 1938
Production Date:
22 April--late May 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 November 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8747
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-71
Length(in feet):
6,260
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4280
SYNOPSIS

Penny Hale is delighted when her father Jeff summons her home from the private school she attends, although his reasons are not explained. After arriving at their home, the exclusive Riverview Hotel, Penny rushes to their penthouse, but there she encounters Milton Ramsby. Milton informs her that the penthouse is now occupied by himself, his sister Lola, his mother Julia, and his uncle, Samuel G. Henshaw. While Penny and Milton quarrel, Julia and Mr. Waters, the building manager, enter, and Waters sends Penny to the basement, where she and her father now live. Jeff, who has become the hotel electrician, explains to her that he cannot find work as an architect since the bank foreclosed on his building, the East Gate Project. As the days pass, Penny happily looks after her father and plays with the hotel employees, but one afternoon, Waters becomes vexed when she distracts them from their work. When Jeff returns home, Waters warns him that he and Penny will be evicted if she misbehaves again. Jeff chastises Penny, but just then, he is summoned to the penthouse by Lola, who is his sweetheart, so that he can plead with Henshaw, the banker in charge of East Gate. Henshaw crushes Jeff's hopes, however, after which Jeff and Lola argue and terminate their relationship. The next day, Penny rescues Milton from some tough neighborhood kids, and as thanks, he takes her to the hotel playroom. Unfortunately, the other children and Waters do not take kindly to her presence, and the humiliated Penny leaves. Later, Jeff cheers her up by telling her that their situation will improve when ... +


Penny Hale is delighted when her father Jeff summons her home from the private school she attends, although his reasons are not explained. After arriving at their home, the exclusive Riverview Hotel, Penny rushes to their penthouse, but there she encounters Milton Ramsby. Milton informs her that the penthouse is now occupied by himself, his sister Lola, his mother Julia, and his uncle, Samuel G. Henshaw. While Penny and Milton quarrel, Julia and Mr. Waters, the building manager, enter, and Waters sends Penny to the basement, where she and her father now live. Jeff, who has become the hotel electrician, explains to her that he cannot find work as an architect since the bank foreclosed on his building, the East Gate Project. As the days pass, Penny happily looks after her father and plays with the hotel employees, but one afternoon, Waters becomes vexed when she distracts them from their work. When Jeff returns home, Waters warns him that he and Penny will be evicted if she misbehaves again. Jeff chastises Penny, but just then, he is summoned to the penthouse by Lola, who is his sweetheart, so that he can plead with Henshaw, the banker in charge of East Gate. Henshaw crushes Jeff's hopes, however, after which Jeff and Lola argue and terminate their relationship. The next day, Penny rescues Milton from some tough neighborhood kids, and as thanks, he takes her to the hotel playroom. Unfortunately, the other children and Waters do not take kindly to her presence, and the humiliated Penny leaves. Later, Jeff cheers her up by telling her that their situation will improve when "Uncle Sam" recovers from the Depression and can help business again. Because Henshaw resembles the "Uncle Sam" cartoon that Jeff shows her, Penny confuses the two, and she helps Henshaw that afternoon when he is beseiged by reporters. The old man is confused but pleased by her actions, and admits that he wishes Milton was more like her. Soon after, Penny trims Milton's curls and arranges for him to trade clothes with Mugsy, a neighborhood boy with whom Milton fights, and Henshaw is delighted by the change in his nephew. Later that evening, Milton and Penny reunite Lola and Jeff, but the lovers are interrupted by Julia and Henshaw, who forbids Lola to see Jeff. She asks Henshaw to help Jeff, but Henshaw instead arranges for him to get a job in Borneo, which necessitates his leaving Penny and Lola behind. Two days before Jeff is to leave, Penny organizes a benefit show for "Uncle Sam" Henshaw so that he will be able to help business. Some reporters find out and soon Henshaw, who is in financial trouble, reads a ridiculing article about the benefit. Outraged, he sends two henchmen to get whoever is responsible. They grab Penny within sight of Jeff, who follows as they take her to Henshaw's office, where she explains her peculiar logic. Jeff and Henshaw, touched by her gesture, return her to the benefit, where she and the gang are a success. While they perform, Waters, who had been dumped in a laundry shoot, escapes and summons the riot squad, who are thrown out by Henshaw. They arrest Waters on their way out, and Henshaw tells reporters that he is resuming work on East Gate. Jeff is put in charge of the project and celebrates with a kiss from Lola. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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