Glamour (1934)

74-75 mins | Melodrama | 9 April 1934

Director:

William Wyler

Writer:

Doris Anderson

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Charles D. Hall

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The onscreen title reads "Edna Ferber's Glamour ." According to news items in HR , Lois Weber was initially slated to write and direct the film, and Universal attempted to get Doris Kenyon for the lead, however, the production would have upset her honeymoon plans. HR also noted that George O'Neill was to write revisions of the script, however, his contribution to the final film is undetermined. According to a Var review, fifteen minutes of the film were cut between its Hollywood preview and New York release. A modern source notes that Constance Cummings was engaged to Carl Laemmle, Jr. at the time of this ... More Less

The onscreen title reads "Edna Ferber's Glamour ." According to news items in HR , Lois Weber was initially slated to write and direct the film, and Universal attempted to get Doris Kenyon for the lead, however, the production would have upset her honeymoon plans. HR also noted that George O'Neill was to write revisions of the script, however, his contribution to the final film is undetermined. According to a Var review, fifteen minutes of the film were cut between its Hollywood preview and New York release. A modern source notes that Constance Cummings was engaged to Carl Laemmle, Jr. at the time of this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Jan 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
26 Feb 34
p. 2.
Film Daily
12 May 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 33
p. 2.
International Photographer
1 Mar 34
p. 17.
Motion Picture Daily
12 May 34
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Apr 34
p. 59.
New York Times
12 May 34
p. 12.
Variety
15 May 34
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President; A B. F. Zeidman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
Mus score
Mus score
Mus numbers
Mus numbers
SOUND
Sd supv
DANCE
Dance supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Supv secy and scr clerk
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Glamour" by Edna Ferber in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar 1932).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Heaven on Earth," words and music by Roy Turk and Harry Akst.
COMPOSERS
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Edna Ferber's Glamour
Release Date:
9 April 1934
Production Date:
29 January--26 February 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 March 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4585
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74-75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young and beautiful Linda Fayne is determined to become a stage star. By following him to his country home with non-stop chatter, Linda pesters composer Victor Banki until he takes her in and, at his wit's end, promises to write a song for her. When she overhears Victor's conversation with theater owner Carl Ibsen, she realizes he is uninterested in her and leaves. Victor is haunted by the thought of her, however, and after finding her again, falls in love with her and diverts all of his energy into making her a star. Unfortunately, Linda has no real talent, either as a dancer or singer. After Victor and she marry, Linda reads a movie star's account of how having a child improved her acting, and decides to have a child. In spite of her lack of talent, Linda becomes a major star after her baby is born and is hounded by reporters, dressmakers, photographers and aspiring actors. She has no time for her son Stevie, whose nurse Nana distrusts her and contrives to keep him away from her. One night at dinner, Victor and Linda discover a new talent, Lorenzo Valenti, and cast him in a leading role opposite Linda. Linda and Lorenzo fall in love, and after the musical ends, Linda leaves Victor to marry Lorenzo. Lorenzo becomes a star in London and Linda subjugates her career for him, becoming his secretary. She is blissfully happy until she discovers he is having an affair. Linda leaves Lorenzo and returns to America just as her little son dies of pneumonia. Stevie's death destroys Victor, who has been unable to compose music ... +


Young and beautiful Linda Fayne is determined to become a stage star. By following him to his country home with non-stop chatter, Linda pesters composer Victor Banki until he takes her in and, at his wit's end, promises to write a song for her. When she overhears Victor's conversation with theater owner Carl Ibsen, she realizes he is uninterested in her and leaves. Victor is haunted by the thought of her, however, and after finding her again, falls in love with her and diverts all of his energy into making her a star. Unfortunately, Linda has no real talent, either as a dancer or singer. After Victor and she marry, Linda reads a movie star's account of how having a child improved her acting, and decides to have a child. In spite of her lack of talent, Linda becomes a major star after her baby is born and is hounded by reporters, dressmakers, photographers and aspiring actors. She has no time for her son Stevie, whose nurse Nana distrusts her and contrives to keep him away from her. One night at dinner, Victor and Linda discover a new talent, Lorenzo Valenti, and cast him in a leading role opposite Linda. Linda and Lorenzo fall in love, and after the musical ends, Linda leaves Victor to marry Lorenzo. Lorenzo becomes a star in London and Linda subjugates her career for him, becoming his secretary. She is blissfully happy until she discovers he is having an affair. Linda leaves Lorenzo and returns to America just as her little son dies of pneumonia. Stevie's death destroys Victor, who has been unable to compose music since Linda left him. Linda receives a telegram from Lorenzo asking her forgiveness and her return, but she realizes she and Victor belong together and they reunite. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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