Strike Me Pink (1936)

99-100 mins | Comedy | 24 January 1936

Director:

Norman Taurog

Producer:

Samuel Goldwyn

Cinematographer:

Merritt Gerstad

Editor:

Sherman Todd

Production Designer:

Richard Day

Production Company:

Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.
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HISTORY

Clarence Budington Kelland's novel first appeared as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (25 May--29 Jun 1935). [Contemporary sources note that the film Strike Me Pink is unrelated to a Broadway musical of the same name that opened in New York on 4 Mar 1933]. According to the VAR and NYT reviews, Kelland wrote his story as a starring vehicle for Harold Lloyd. When producer Samuel Goldwyn acquired the property for Eddie Cantor, the production was briefly called Dreamland , then was changed to Shoot the Chutes and then to the release title. According to a 19 Mar 1935 HR news item, Goldwyn engaged Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to adapt Kelland's story. HR news items and production charts also list William Conselman, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin, Bayard Veiller, Edward Chodorov and Lawrence Riley as contributors to the script, however, the contribution of these writers to the completed picture has not been confirmed. HR production charts include the following actors in the cast, although their participation in the finished film has not been confirmed: Nick Lukats, Lindy Hoppers, Fred Kohler, Jr., Tammany Young, Robert Hodges, Arthur Housman, Agnes Anderson, Harry C. Bradley, Charles Irwin and Howard Christie. HR news items noted that Sam Hardy had originally been signed for the role of "Copple." After Hardy died following an emergency operation, he was replaced by William Frawley, who was borrowed from Paramount. According to HR , the substitution necessitated the reshooting of approximately two weeks of filming. Director Norman Taurog was also borrowed ... More Less

Clarence Budington Kelland's novel first appeared as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (25 May--29 Jun 1935). [Contemporary sources note that the film Strike Me Pink is unrelated to a Broadway musical of the same name that opened in New York on 4 Mar 1933]. According to the VAR and NYT reviews, Kelland wrote his story as a starring vehicle for Harold Lloyd. When producer Samuel Goldwyn acquired the property for Eddie Cantor, the production was briefly called Dreamland , then was changed to Shoot the Chutes and then to the release title. According to a 19 Mar 1935 HR news item, Goldwyn engaged Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to adapt Kelland's story. HR news items and production charts also list William Conselman, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin, Bayard Veiller, Edward Chodorov and Lawrence Riley as contributors to the script, however, the contribution of these writers to the completed picture has not been confirmed. HR production charts include the following actors in the cast, although their participation in the finished film has not been confirmed: Nick Lukats, Lindy Hoppers, Fred Kohler, Jr., Tammany Young, Robert Hodges, Arthur Housman, Agnes Anderson, Harry C. Bradley, Charles Irwin and Howard Christie. HR news items noted that Sam Hardy had originally been signed for the role of "Copple." After Hardy died following an emergency operation, he was replaced by William Frawley, who was borrowed from Paramount. According to HR , the substitution necessitated the reshooting of approximately two weeks of filming. Director Norman Taurog was also borrowed from Paramount. A HR news item stated that Bill Thomas was scheduled to create "special art work," for the film, but his contribution to the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to the film's pressbook, the picture cost between $1,500,000 and $2,000,000 and marked the film debut of the dance team Thomas and Chilton. The pressbook also notes that Goldwyn rented "The Cyclone Racer," a roller coaster in Long Beach, CA, for use in the chase scenes. This was the first English language film of actress Jinx Falkenberg (1919--2003). Strike Me Pink was the last of six films Cantor made for Goldwyn, and the first picture choreographed by Broadway dance director Robert Alton. Modern sources include the following in the cast: Geraine Greear ( Goldwyn Girl ), Monte Vandergrift, Wade Boteler and Lee Phelps. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
22 Jan 36
p. 14.
Box Office
18-Jan-36
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Daily Variety
10 Jan 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Jun 35
p. 8.
Film Daily
13 Sep 35
p. 8.
Film Daily
5 Dec 35
p. 12.
Film Daily
14 Jan 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 35
pp. 1-2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 35
pp. 1-2.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 35
p. 1, 4
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 35
pp. 1-3.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 35
p. 2, 7
Hollywood Reporter
3 Oct 35
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 35
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 35
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 35
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 35
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Dec 35
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Dec 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 36
p. 1, 5-15.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jan 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 36
p. 12.
Motion Picture Daily
11 Jan 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Nov 35
p. 34.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Jan 36
p. 35.
New York Times
1-Dec-35
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New York Times
17 Jan 36
p. 15.
Variety
23-Oct-35
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Variety
22 Jan 36
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Spec eff dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Adpt and scr
Adpt and scr
Adpt and scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dances and ensembles photog
High and Low number photog
Spec eff photog
Spec eff photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
DANCE
Dances and ensembles dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Dreamland by Clarence Budington Kelland (New York, 1935).
SONGS
"Calabash Pipe," "The Lady Dances," "First You've Got Me High, Then You've Got Me Low" and "Shake It Off with Rhythm," music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Lew Brown.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Shoot the Chutes
Dreamland
Release Date:
24 January 1936
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 January 1936
Production Date:
30 September--late December 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn
Copyright Date:
22 January 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6076
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99-100
Length(in feet):
8,997
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1860
SYNOPSIS

Spineless Eddie Pink, who runs a handy man shop at Millwood University, is continually bothered by bullies. His only protector is the kindly but dense Butch Carson, who has been a senior for three years. Eddie subscribes to a mail order character building course, which promises to turn him from a mouse into a man by giving him a forceful personality. Meanwhile, Butch confides in Eddie that he must graduate this year in order to help his mother Hattie and her secretary, Claribel Higg, who run the Dreamland amusement park. They are beleagured by racketeer Vance and his gang, who are trying to force them to install crooked slot machines in the park. Eddie helps Butch pass his final exam, and Hattie is so grateful that she makes Eddie co-manager of Dreamland with Butch. After graduation, Eddie and Butch go to the Club Lido, which features torch singer Joyce Lennox. Eddie has adored Joyce from afar for years, and he does not know that she is Vance's girl friend. The next day, Eddie is at Dreamland when he is approached by Vance's henchmen, Copple, Marsh, Selby and Thrust, about installing the slot machines. With Claribel's help, Eddie gets rid of the mugs, but their jubilation is quickly soured when they discover that Butch, who has joined the Navy on a whim, will be leaving immediately. Eddie is dismayed about being left in charge of Dreamland, especially when Copple returns with a hired gun named Killer. Eddie tries to use his forceful personality on Killer, but finds that Killer has taken the same correspondence course. Fortunately for Eddie, Killer has not finished the ... +


Spineless Eddie Pink, who runs a handy man shop at Millwood University, is continually bothered by bullies. His only protector is the kindly but dense Butch Carson, who has been a senior for three years. Eddie subscribes to a mail order character building course, which promises to turn him from a mouse into a man by giving him a forceful personality. Meanwhile, Butch confides in Eddie that he must graduate this year in order to help his mother Hattie and her secretary, Claribel Higg, who run the Dreamland amusement park. They are beleagured by racketeer Vance and his gang, who are trying to force them to install crooked slot machines in the park. Eddie helps Butch pass his final exam, and Hattie is so grateful that she makes Eddie co-manager of Dreamland with Butch. After graduation, Eddie and Butch go to the Club Lido, which features torch singer Joyce Lennox. Eddie has adored Joyce from afar for years, and he does not know that she is Vance's girl friend. The next day, Eddie is at Dreamland when he is approached by Vance's henchmen, Copple, Marsh, Selby and Thrust, about installing the slot machines. With Claribel's help, Eddie gets rid of the mugs, but their jubilation is quickly soured when they discover that Butch, who has joined the Navy on a whim, will be leaving immediately. Eddie is dismayed about being left in charge of Dreamland, especially when Copple returns with a hired gun named Killer. Eddie tries to use his forceful personality on Killer, but finds that Killer has taken the same correspondence course. Fortunately for Eddie, Killer has not finished the book, and Eddie is able to outwit him. Later, Hattie and Claribel talk Eddie into hiring a bodyguard, Nick Parkyakarkus. After a week has passed, Claribel realizes that she is in love with Eddie, while Vance gets tired of his men's failures. Vance decides to use Joyce to trap Eddie into cooperating, and he arranges for Eddie to witness what appears to be Joyce murdering her brother Chorley. Desperate to protect his dream girl, Eddie tells Vance that he killed Chorley when the gang pretends to question her. Vance tells Eddie that he will hush up the affair if Eddie puts 150 slot machines in Dreamland. When Eddie protests that the machines are crooked, Vance has him test one that pays him a jackpot. Believing that all the machines will pay out, Eddie agrees, and the machines are delivered the next day. Hattie and Claribel are horrifed, and after Claribel realizes that Eddie allowed them in to protect Joyce, she orders him to leave. Eddie, who has discovered that the machines are rigged, goes to Joyce's apartment, where he finds Chorley alive. Eddie then hides and records Vance and Chorley discussing their racket, but the crooks see him as he attempts to flee. Eddie returns to his office and shares his discoveries with Claribel, who summons the police. The gang arrives, and after they chase Eddie and Parkyakarkus through the park's rides and into a hot air balloon, they are finally apprehended by the police. An exhausted Eddie agrees to marry Claribel, and she uses his forceful personality tricks to entice a kiss from him. +

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