Love Me Forever (1935)

90-91 or 93 mins | Musical | 27 June 1935

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HISTORY

According to HR production charts, Love Me Forever began production under the title On Wings of Song . The Var review states that in the film's original version, "Steve Corelli" was killed at the end, while HR states that "Steve" was shot in the wings of the theater as "Margaret" sent him a message over the radio. NYT noted that Thurston Hall's character "Maurizzio" was made up to resemble Giulio Gatti-Casazza, who managed the Metropolitan Opera House in New York from 1908 until 1935. Several reviewers compared the film with Grace Moore and Victor Schertzinger's 1934 picture, One Night of Love (see below). Love Me Forever was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound ... More Less

According to HR production charts, Love Me Forever began production under the title On Wings of Song . The Var review states that in the film's original version, "Steve Corelli" was killed at the end, while HR states that "Steve" was shot in the wings of the theater as "Margaret" sent him a message over the radio. NYT noted that Thurston Hall's character "Maurizzio" was made up to resemble Giulio Gatti-Casazza, who managed the Metropolitan Opera House in New York from 1908 until 1935. Several reviewers compared the film with Grace Moore and Victor Schertzinger's 1934 picture, One Night of Love (see below). Love Me Forever was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Jun 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Jun 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5-Feb-35
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Jun 35
p. 3.
MPSI
1 May 35
p. 4.
MPSI
1 Jun 35
p. 11.
New York Times
28 Jun 35
p. 24.
Newsweek
6 Jul 35
p. 18.
Time
8 Jul 35
p. 33.
Variety
3 Jul 35
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Miss Grace Moore
Douglas Dumbrille
Olin Howland
Fred W. Malatesta
Jean DeBriac
Ethan A. Laidlaw
Charles R. Moore
Lorimer Johnston
Wilfrid North
Robert Dale
Rebecca Wassem
Jean Beeks
Andre Cheron
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Asst cam
Set lighting foreman
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
Women's wardrobe
Men's wardrobe
MUSIC
Mus dir
Operatic numbers cond by
Thematic mus
MAKEUP
Hair
STAND INS
Double for Grace Moore
Stand-in for Grace Moore
SOURCES
SONGS
Quartet from the opera Rigoletto , music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
"Musetta's Street Song" and "Tiny Hands" from the opera La Bohème , music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
"Love Me Forever," music by Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Gus Kahn
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SONGS
Quartet from the opera Rigoletto , music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
"Musetta's Street Song" and "Tiny Hands" from the opera La Bohème , music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
"Love Me Forever," music by Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Gus Kahn
"Funiculì Funiculà," music and lyrics by Luigi Denza
"Il bacio" by Luigi Arditi, arranged by Victor Schertzinger.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
On Wings of Song
Release Date:
27 June 1935
Production Date:
18 March--27 April 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5642
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90-91 or 93
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
976
SYNOPSIS

In Lake Placid, New York, singer Margaret Howard turns down Boston heir Phillip Cameron's marriage proposal despite the fact that she is broke and must auction her family's estate. Attending the auction is Steve Corelli, a music lover who has gambled his way into the big time. Steve hears Margaret sing and hires her to work at his cafe. Steve wants Margaret to sing opera, but when his nightclub audience is unappreciative, he transforms it into a dinner theater called "La Marguerita." Margaret's opening night performance of Rigoletto is a success, and to celebrate, Steve invites her to his apartment where he has a suite of rooms for her, but Margaret refuses his invitation. The next morning, Margaret finds Phil waiting in her dressing room and cancels her rehearsal schedule to spend the day with him. Steve, afraid of losing Margaret to Phil, tells her that the Metropolitan Opera wants to audition her so that she will not go to Boston with Phil. Then, Steve pays exorbitant fees to have Margaret study with the best teachers and finally manages to get a member of the Met, Maurizzio, to attend one of her performances. When Steve goes to tell Margaret of her success, he finds her in Phil's arms and after entertaining the thought of killing Phil, becomes drunk and goes gambling. Miller, the proprietor of the gambling house, demands payment from Steve after he loses $15,000. Steve pays him with a bad check and goes into hiding. Luigi, Steve's assistant, takes Margaret to see Steve, and he tells her that he cannot attend her opening night at the Met, ... +


In Lake Placid, New York, singer Margaret Howard turns down Boston heir Phillip Cameron's marriage proposal despite the fact that she is broke and must auction her family's estate. Attending the auction is Steve Corelli, a music lover who has gambled his way into the big time. Steve hears Margaret sing and hires her to work at his cafe. Steve wants Margaret to sing opera, but when his nightclub audience is unappreciative, he transforms it into a dinner theater called "La Marguerita." Margaret's opening night performance of Rigoletto is a success, and to celebrate, Steve invites her to his apartment where he has a suite of rooms for her, but Margaret refuses his invitation. The next morning, Margaret finds Phil waiting in her dressing room and cancels her rehearsal schedule to spend the day with him. Steve, afraid of losing Margaret to Phil, tells her that the Metropolitan Opera wants to audition her so that she will not go to Boston with Phil. Then, Steve pays exorbitant fees to have Margaret study with the best teachers and finally manages to get a member of the Met, Maurizzio, to attend one of her performances. When Steve goes to tell Margaret of her success, he finds her in Phil's arms and after entertaining the thought of killing Phil, becomes drunk and goes gambling. Miller, the proprietor of the gambling house, demands payment from Steve after he loses $15,000. Steve pays him with a bad check and goes into hiding. Luigi, Steve's assistant, takes Margaret to see Steve, and he tells her that he cannot attend her opening night at the Met, but promises to listen to her performance on the radio. On opening night, Margaret tells Phil that he is not the one for her. Meanwhile, Steve cannot bear merely listening to Margaret sing La Boheme , so he goes to the Met and learns that Margaret has paid off Miller with a loan from Maurizzio. At the conclusion of Margaret's performance, she sees Steve in the audience and they blow kisses to one another. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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