Her Master's Voice (1936)

75 mins | Comedy | 17 January 1936

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HISTORY

According to the film's pressbook, playwright Elmer Harris worked on the adaptation of Clare Kummer's play, although an Apr 1934 news item in DV noted that Kummer was writing the screen adaptation. The title of the film may have been derived from ad campaign for R.C.A. Victor's gramophones, which depicted a dog listening to a Victrola, accompanied by the caption, "His master's voice." Laura Hope Crews and Elizabeth Patterson reprised their roles from the Broadway stage production for this ... More Less

According to the film's pressbook, playwright Elmer Harris worked on the adaptation of Clare Kummer's play, although an Apr 1934 news item in DV noted that Kummer was writing the screen adaptation. The title of the film may have been derived from ad campaign for R.C.A. Victor's gramophones, which depicted a dog listening to a Victrola, accompanied by the caption, "His master's voice." Laura Hope Crews and Elizabeth Patterson reprised their roles from the Broadway stage production for this film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Apr 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
14 Oct 35
p. 7.
Daily Variety
12 Feb 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Feb 36
p. 13.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Feb 36
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Nov 35
p. 52.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Feb 36
p. 59.
Variety
26 Feb 36
p. 37.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 January 1936
Production Date:
began 14 October 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 January 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6070
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1772
SYNOPSIS

Passive Ned Farrar loses his job after his wife Queena and mother-in-law, Ellie Martin, convince him to ask for a raise. Ned sees no cause for despair, and good-naturedly brings home champagne to "celebrate," but Queena and Ellie are distraught and disappointed. Queena considers returning to her singing career, which she abandoned at Ned's insistence when they married, but Ned refuses to hear of it. That same evening, Queena's wealthy and domineering aunt, Minnie Stickney, visits and mistakes Ned for the butler, calling him George. Ned maintains the farce, aware that she disapproves of Queena's marriage to him. Min commandeers Queena to her estate for a "cure" and, without Queena's knowledge, hires Ned as her new house man. Min lavishes praise on Ned, finding him an exemplary servant, while Queena catches a miserable cold in a sleeping porch, which Min has prescribed as part of her treatment, but never catches sight of Ned. While Ned keeps busy at the estate and with another secret job, he also finds Ellie a maid's position with Horace Twilling, a former employer who owns a radio station. After Queena finds out that Ned has been working for Min, he tries to sneak into her room at night but, to their mutual surprise, finds Min in the bed instead. Min assumes Ned has amorous intentions for her, but lets him leave peacefully. The next morning Min flutteringly tries to dissuade Ned from his supposed affection for her, until Queena and Ellie reveal his identity. Ned tells Queena that she can go "fly a kite," because she left him when things got a little rough, and storms ... +


Passive Ned Farrar loses his job after his wife Queena and mother-in-law, Ellie Martin, convince him to ask for a raise. Ned sees no cause for despair, and good-naturedly brings home champagne to "celebrate," but Queena and Ellie are distraught and disappointed. Queena considers returning to her singing career, which she abandoned at Ned's insistence when they married, but Ned refuses to hear of it. That same evening, Queena's wealthy and domineering aunt, Minnie Stickney, visits and mistakes Ned for the butler, calling him George. Ned maintains the farce, aware that she disapproves of Queena's marriage to him. Min commandeers Queena to her estate for a "cure" and, without Queena's knowledge, hires Ned as her new house man. Min lavishes praise on Ned, finding him an exemplary servant, while Queena catches a miserable cold in a sleeping porch, which Min has prescribed as part of her treatment, but never catches sight of Ned. While Ned keeps busy at the estate and with another secret job, he also finds Ellie a maid's position with Horace Twilling, a former employer who owns a radio station. After Queena finds out that Ned has been working for Min, he tries to sneak into her room at night but, to their mutual surprise, finds Min in the bed instead. Min assumes Ned has amorous intentions for her, but lets him leave peacefully. The next morning Min flutteringly tries to dissuade Ned from his supposed affection for her, until Queena and Ellie reveal his identity. Ned tells Queena that she can go "fly a kite," because she left him when things got a little rough, and storms out of the house, leaving them to believe he is so distraught that he is going to kill himself. At the same time, Ellie announces that Twilling has proposed to her. After Twilling arrives at Min's home, he insists that Ellie marry him, and reveals that Ned has a job at his radio station, broadcasting a musical show as "The Fireside Troubadour." When the police arrest Ned for taking off in Min's automobile, Ned broadcasts his show over the police network, and his family regains their faith in him. +

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