Two for Tonight (1935)

60-61 mins | Musical comedy | 13 September 1935

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Producer:

Douglas MacLean

Cinematographer:

Karl Struss

Editor:

William Shea

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, John Goodman

Production Company:

Paramount Productions, Inc.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Jun 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
31 Aug 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
30 Aug 35
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Sep 35
p. 45.
New York Times
31 Aug 35
p. 16.
Variety
4 Sep 35
p. 31.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the play Two for Tonight by Max Lief and J. O. Lief (production undetermined).
SONGS
"From the Top of Your Head to the Tip of Your Toes," "Without a Word of Warning," "I Wish I Were Aladdin," "Takes Two to Make a Bargain" and "Two for Tonight," words and music by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 September 1935
Production Date:
began 13 June 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 September 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5782
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1107
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. J. S. K. Smythe's three sons, John "Buster" Da Acosta, "Pooch" Donahue and Gilbert Gordon, are all musically inclined, and are products of different marriages. With the hope of selling one of their songs to rescue their broke family, the brothers sneak onto the estate of Alexander Myers, who is renowned for selecting the biggest music hits in the country, and serenade him, unaware that he is deaf. Gil serenades while perched in a tree until Bobbie Lockwood crashes her plane into the tree. Gil is hospitalized and Bobbie gives his mother a promissory note for $50,000 for his injuries. When Gil runs into Bobbie with his wheelchair while on the hospital grounds, he discovers that she is the secretary to theatrical agent Harry Kling, and that she will have to pay him in small installments. After his recovery, she arranges a meeting for him with Kling, who agrees that the story of how he met Bobbie would make a great play, as long as it stars his girl friend Lilly Bianca. Kling goes to Europe and allows the Smythe family to reside in his mansion during his absence while they write the play. When Gil becomes stumped for more material, Kling's butler, Homps, who was a producer in Budapest until the Depression, advises him to "let life be his playwright." In the meantime, Lilly misses the boat she was to board for Europe, and on her return, flirts incessantly with Gil, thereby inspiring Bobbie's jealousy. At a dinner club with Lilly, Gil writes down every occurrence to use as material for the play. In order to get more lurid ... +


Mrs. J. S. K. Smythe's three sons, John "Buster" Da Acosta, "Pooch" Donahue and Gilbert Gordon, are all musically inclined, and are products of different marriages. With the hope of selling one of their songs to rescue their broke family, the brothers sneak onto the estate of Alexander Myers, who is renowned for selecting the biggest music hits in the country, and serenade him, unaware that he is deaf. Gil serenades while perched in a tree until Bobbie Lockwood crashes her plane into the tree. Gil is hospitalized and Bobbie gives his mother a promissory note for $50,000 for his injuries. When Gil runs into Bobbie with his wheelchair while on the hospital grounds, he discovers that she is the secretary to theatrical agent Harry Kling, and that she will have to pay him in small installments. After his recovery, she arranges a meeting for him with Kling, who agrees that the story of how he met Bobbie would make a great play, as long as it stars his girl friend Lilly Bianca. Kling goes to Europe and allows the Smythe family to reside in his mansion during his absence while they write the play. When Gil becomes stumped for more material, Kling's butler, Homps, who was a producer in Budapest until the Depression, advises him to "let life be his playwright." In the meantime, Lilly misses the boat she was to board for Europe, and on her return, flirts incessantly with Gil, thereby inspiring Bobbie's jealousy. At a dinner club with Lilly, Gil writes down every occurrence to use as material for the play. In order to get more lurid material, he makes a prank call to the police department and causes a "seltzer war" at the restaurant, which results in his arrest. Bobbie takes dictation from Gil in his jail cell, and the band from the nightclub in the next cell helps him write the song "Aladdin." Gil is released, and Kling returns from Europe, but becomes enraged when he sees Lilly kissing Gil and cancels the deal, not realizing that Gil was merely thanking her for providing story material. Homps and Gil's mother have fallen in love, and as Homps's uncle has just died and left him an inheritance, Homps decides to produce Gil's play. Homps enlightens Gil to the fact that he and Bobbie are in love and encourages him to use this love to finish his play. When Bobbie leaves the house for good, Gil chases her to a train crossing but is unable to follow her any farther. She returns, however, and she and Gil kiss and make up, thereby creating a happy ending for their play and a new beginning for their lives. +

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