Enchanted April (1935)

66 mins | Comedy-drama | 1 February 1935

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HISTORY

According to an early HR production chart, Rosalie Stewart and playwright Kane Campbell wrote an adaptation for this production, but their contribution to the completed film has not been determined. HR production charts list the following additional cast members: Gwendolyn Logan, May Beatty, Hector Sarno, Doris Lloyd, Charlotte Granville, Henry Armetta, Inez Palange and Eric Blore. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. RKO borrowed Frank Morgan from M-G-M for this production. Preview running times suggest that the studio edited the film by at least twelve minutes before its general release. A British version of Elizabeth's novel, also entitled Enchanted April , starring Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright and directed by Mike Newell, was released in the U.S. in ... More Less

According to an early HR production chart, Rosalie Stewart and playwright Kane Campbell wrote an adaptation for this production, but their contribution to the completed film has not been determined. HR production charts list the following additional cast members: Gwendolyn Logan, May Beatty, Hector Sarno, Doris Lloyd, Charlotte Granville, Henry Armetta, Inez Palange and Eric Blore. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. RKO borrowed Frank Morgan from M-G-M for this production. Preview running times suggest that the studio edited the film by at least twelve minutes before its general release. A British version of Elizabeth's novel, also entitled Enchanted April , starring Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright and directed by Mike Newell, was released in the U.S. in 1992. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Dec 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Jan 35
p. 10.
HF
20 Oct 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 34
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 34
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 34
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 35
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Oct 34
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Dec 34
pp. 40-41.
New York Times
9 Mar 35
p. 19.
Variety
13 Mar 35
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 February 1935
Production Date:
late October--mid November 1934
Copyright Claimant:
RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 February 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5311
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
480
SYNOPSIS

At a Hempstead club for housewives, lonely and neglected Lotty Wilkins convinces husband-dominated Rose Arbuthnot to join her for a one-month holiday in Italy. Lotty, whose husband Mellersh, a former researcher at the British Library, became a popular romance novelist at her urging and then was transformed into a "ladies man," arranges with Rose to rent an Italian castle with two other English women for the month of April. When they arrive at San Salvatore, Lotty and Rose are surprised to discover that their co-renters, Lady Caroline Dester and Mrs. Phoebe Brockwell Templeton Fisher, have already moved in and have claimed the best rooms for themselves. Rose, whose husband Henry is a pompous London lawyer, is particularly disappointed to have her position as the castle hostess taken over by the dour and bossy Mrs. Fisher. In spite of the castle's primitive amenities and Mrs. Fisher's stuffiness, Lotty and Rose determine to enjoy themselves and write their husbands of their adventures. As Lotty, a self-proclaimed "seer," had predicted to Rose, Henry shows up at San Salvatore, but only seems to want to ingratiate himself with Lady Caroline and Mrs. Fisher. While Rose and Henry, whose demeanor softens in the romantic atmosphere of the castle, become re-acquainted, Mrs. Fisher also falls under San Salvatore's spell. To Lotty's joy, Mrs. Fisher extends a warm dinner invitation to artist Peppo Briggs, the castle's owner. Unknown to Lotty, however, Mellersh is looking for Lady Caroline, with whom he is infatuated, in London. When Mellersh hears that Lady Caroline, who knows him only by his "pen" name, is in Italy, he looks her up at the castle, unaware that ... +


At a Hempstead club for housewives, lonely and neglected Lotty Wilkins convinces husband-dominated Rose Arbuthnot to join her for a one-month holiday in Italy. Lotty, whose husband Mellersh, a former researcher at the British Library, became a popular romance novelist at her urging and then was transformed into a "ladies man," arranges with Rose to rent an Italian castle with two other English women for the month of April. When they arrive at San Salvatore, Lotty and Rose are surprised to discover that their co-renters, Lady Caroline Dester and Mrs. Phoebe Brockwell Templeton Fisher, have already moved in and have claimed the best rooms for themselves. Rose, whose husband Henry is a pompous London lawyer, is particularly disappointed to have her position as the castle hostess taken over by the dour and bossy Mrs. Fisher. In spite of the castle's primitive amenities and Mrs. Fisher's stuffiness, Lotty and Rose determine to enjoy themselves and write their husbands of their adventures. As Lotty, a self-proclaimed "seer," had predicted to Rose, Henry shows up at San Salvatore, but only seems to want to ingratiate himself with Lady Caroline and Mrs. Fisher. While Rose and Henry, whose demeanor softens in the romantic atmosphere of the castle, become re-acquainted, Mrs. Fisher also falls under San Salvatore's spell. To Lotty's joy, Mrs. Fisher extends a warm dinner invitation to artist Peppo Briggs, the castle's owner. Unknown to Lotty, however, Mellersh is looking for Lady Caroline, with whom he is infatuated, in London. When Mellersh hears that Lady Caroline, who knows him only by his "pen" name, is in Italy, he looks her up at the castle, unaware that Lotty is also there. Before he can put himself in a compromising situation, Lotty showers her husband with grateful kisses and professes her love. Overwhelmed by his wife's affections, Mellersh happily returns her love, while Mrs. Fisher allows Rose to act as hostess, and Lady Caroline warms to Briggs. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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