This Way Please (1937)

63 or 72 mins | Musical comedy | 15 October 1937

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HISTORY

The opening screen credits state "Introducing Fibber McGee and Molly." The end credits, however, list the character names "Fibber McGee and Molly" for Jim and Marian Jordan, the real names of the famous radio couple. According to a HR news item on 20 May 1937, Betty Grable replaced Shirley Ross in the cast. The film marked the screen debut of Mary Livingstone, the wife of comedian Jack Benny and one of the stars of his radio ... More Less

The opening screen credits state "Introducing Fibber McGee and Molly." The end credits, however, list the character names "Fibber McGee and Molly" for Jim and Marian Jordan, the real names of the famous radio couple. According to a HR news item on 20 May 1937, Betty Grable replaced Shirley Ross in the cast. The film marked the screen debut of Mary Livingstone, the wife of comedian Jack Benny and one of the stars of his radio program. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Sep 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Sep 37
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 37
p. 30.
Hollywood Reporter
20-May-37
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 37
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Sep 37
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Sep 37
p. 42.
New York Times
8 Oct 37
p. 27.
Variety
15 Sep 37
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus arr
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Is It Love or Infatuation?" music and lyrics by Frederick Hollander and Sam Coslow
"What the Country Needs Is Voom-Voom" and "Delighted to Meet You," music and lyrics by Sam Coslow
"This Way Please," music and lyrics by Sam Coslow and Al Siegel
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SONGS
"Is It Love or Infatuation?" music and lyrics by Frederick Hollander and Sam Coslow
"What the Country Needs Is Voom-Voom" and "Delighted to Meet You," music and lyrics by Sam Coslow
"This Way Please," music and lyrics by Sam Coslow and Al Siegel
"Sound Effects Man," music and lyrics by Jock and George Gray.
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COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
15 October 1937
Production Date:
mid May--late June 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 October 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7506
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
gauge
35mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.37:1
Duration(in mins):
63 or 72
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
3533
SYNOPSIS

The Occident Theater advertises bandleader Brad Morgan as the "Bachelor of Hearts," who is popular among the usherettes. Maxine Barry, the niece of the theater boss, S. J. Crawford, is trying to get Inky Wells, Director of Publicity, to propose marriage. Theater manager Stu Randall hires Jane Morrow as an usherette, unaware that she had hoped to be a performer. Fibber McGee and Molly drive their trailer from Wistful Vista up to the theater, where they are hired by Inky. When Jane wanders up to the theater roof, Stu catches her with Brad and is about to fire her for impropriety when Inky suggests using Jane in an advertisement photograph with Brad. Fibber joins Lee and the girls exercising on the roof until Molly catches him and he falls. When Brad hears Jane sing, he tries to convince Crawford to hire her for the show, but well aware of Brad's flirtatious history with his female proteges, Crawford fires them both. Meanwhile, the projectionist and his friends perform a dance number and are heard over the loudspeaker, thereby replacing the soundtrack of a movie about a Tartar chieftain torturing his hostages. When auditions are held for Brad's replacement, Fibber and Molly are given an act and Jane is re-hired. After Stu takes Jane home from the theater, Brad unexpectedly jumps out of the rumble seat, and he and Jane ride a street sweeper. When Jane protests being advertised as "the Girl Who Broke Brad Morgan's Heart," Inky suggests that she and Brad wed in the theater. Brad agrees, then plans with reporters to double-cross her. When Brad is late for the ... +


The Occident Theater advertises bandleader Brad Morgan as the "Bachelor of Hearts," who is popular among the usherettes. Maxine Barry, the niece of the theater boss, S. J. Crawford, is trying to get Inky Wells, Director of Publicity, to propose marriage. Theater manager Stu Randall hires Jane Morrow as an usherette, unaware that she had hoped to be a performer. Fibber McGee and Molly drive their trailer from Wistful Vista up to the theater, where they are hired by Inky. When Jane wanders up to the theater roof, Stu catches her with Brad and is about to fire her for impropriety when Inky suggests using Jane in an advertisement photograph with Brad. Fibber joins Lee and the girls exercising on the roof until Molly catches him and he falls. When Brad hears Jane sing, he tries to convince Crawford to hire her for the show, but well aware of Brad's flirtatious history with his female proteges, Crawford fires them both. Meanwhile, the projectionist and his friends perform a dance number and are heard over the loudspeaker, thereby replacing the soundtrack of a movie about a Tartar chieftain torturing his hostages. When auditions are held for Brad's replacement, Fibber and Molly are given an act and Jane is re-hired. After Stu takes Jane home from the theater, Brad unexpectedly jumps out of the rumble seat, and he and Jane ride a street sweeper. When Jane protests being advertised as "the Girl Who Broke Brad Morgan's Heart," Inky suggests that she and Brad wed in the theater. Brad agrees, then plans with reporters to double-cross her. When Brad is late for the wedding, the follow-up show goes on first, and to stall for time, Crawford sends out the sound effects man to perform. Stu, arriving at the theater with a newspaper that announces that Brad has stood up Jane at the altar, offers to take Brad's place alongside Jane, and Crawford orders Inky and Maxine to join in and make it a double wedding. When Brad, hiding in the projection booth, sees Jane with Stu, he becomes jealous and fights the reporters to join her on stage. Brad and Jane leave on their honeymoon, followed by the McGees and Inky and Maxine in their trailer. +

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

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