Change of Heart (1938)

65-66 mins | Comedy-drama | 14 January 1938

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Headline Huntress . According to a 22 Feb 1937 DV news item, Fox intended to co-feature Michael Whalen and Katherine de Mille in the film. Although author Stewart Edward White is not credited on screen, or in the SAB or reviews, the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library add the following information about the literary source: an original, unpublished story entitled "Headline Huntress" was purchased from authors Lillian Worth and Edythe Zell and was intended to be the basis of the film, but was not actually used. After the picture was completed and the screen credits prepared, it was learned by Fox executives that the script by screenwriters Frances Hyland and Albert Ray "incorporated a great portion of" a 1930 Fox film entitled Part Time Wife , which in turn was based on the short story "The Shepper-Newfounder" by Stewart Edward White (see The AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4147). Fox decided not to credit White for Change of Heart and hoped that he would not complain. A pre-release MPH article noted that "the producing organization has not yet arrived at a decision as to who will receive writing and adapting credits." Some scenes were filmed on location at the Flintridge Country Club in ... More Less

The working title of this film was Headline Huntress . According to a 22 Feb 1937 DV news item, Fox intended to co-feature Michael Whalen and Katherine de Mille in the film. Although author Stewart Edward White is not credited on screen, or in the SAB or reviews, the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library add the following information about the literary source: an original, unpublished story entitled "Headline Huntress" was purchased from authors Lillian Worth and Edythe Zell and was intended to be the basis of the film, but was not actually used. After the picture was completed and the screen credits prepared, it was learned by Fox executives that the script by screenwriters Frances Hyland and Albert Ray "incorporated a great portion of" a 1930 Fox film entitled Part Time Wife , which in turn was based on the short story "The Shepper-Newfounder" by Stewart Edward White (see The AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4147). Fox decided not to credit White for Change of Heart and hoped that he would not complain. A pre-release MPH article noted that "the producing organization has not yet arrived at a decision as to who will receive writing and adapting credits." Some scenes were filmed on location at the Flintridge Country Club in California. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8-Jan-38
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Daily Variety
22-Feb-37
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Daily Variety
30 Dec 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Mar 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 37
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 37
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Jan 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Dec 37
p. 29.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jan 38
p. 52.
Variety
5 Jan 38
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
Asst cam
Gaffer
Cable man
Best boy
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Props
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
MAKEUP
Hair
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
Welfare worker
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Shepper-Newfounder" by Stewart Edward White in The Saturday Evening Post (29 Mar 1930).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Headline Huntress
Release Date:
14 January 1938
Production Date:
22 November--mid December 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 January 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8029
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65-66
Length(in feet):
5,972
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
3929
SYNOPSIS

When workaholic advertising executive Anthony Murdock returns from a business trip, he is dismayed to learn that his wife Carol, who is a professional golfer, is playing in a tournament and cannot meet him until later. Tony is so annoyed by Carol's tardiness that he eats dinner without her, thereby ruining the surprise dinner she had planned for their wedding anniversary. When Carol arrives, Tony accuses her of preferring golf and her golfing partner, Phillip Reeves, to him. Tony's selfishness and unfounded jealousy finally drives Carol over the edge, and she tells him that she is sick of his egotism. The couple agree to separate, and Carol leaves after stating that she does not need any of his money. Tony regrets his rash actions, and the next day, when he overhears his secretaries gossip about Carol doing the right thing by leaving him, he realizes that something is amiss in his life. He queries his oldest employee, Tom Jones, who tells him that he works too hard and has forgotten how to trust people. Jones suggests that Tony take up golf as a way of relaxing and winning back Carol, and Tony reluctantly agrees. At the country club, Tony is assigned young Jimmy Milligan as his caddy, and Jimmy quickly becomes fed up with Tony's temper as he muffs his shots. After Tony apologizes, the pair become friends and Jimmy reveals that he is an orphan and lives alone in a shack by the golf course. As time passes, Tony learns to control his temper and relax, while Carol is pursued by Phillip, who is in love with her. Several ... +


When workaholic advertising executive Anthony Murdock returns from a business trip, he is dismayed to learn that his wife Carol, who is a professional golfer, is playing in a tournament and cannot meet him until later. Tony is so annoyed by Carol's tardiness that he eats dinner without her, thereby ruining the surprise dinner she had planned for their wedding anniversary. When Carol arrives, Tony accuses her of preferring golf and her golfing partner, Phillip Reeves, to him. Tony's selfishness and unfounded jealousy finally drives Carol over the edge, and she tells him that she is sick of his egotism. The couple agree to separate, and Carol leaves after stating that she does not need any of his money. Tony regrets his rash actions, and the next day, when he overhears his secretaries gossip about Carol doing the right thing by leaving him, he realizes that something is amiss in his life. He queries his oldest employee, Tom Jones, who tells him that he works too hard and has forgotten how to trust people. Jones suggests that Tony take up golf as a way of relaxing and winning back Carol, and Tony reluctantly agrees. At the country club, Tony is assigned young Jimmy Milligan as his caddy, and Jimmy quickly becomes fed up with Tony's temper as he muffs his shots. After Tony apologizes, the pair become friends and Jimmy reveals that he is an orphan and lives alone in a shack by the golf course. As time passes, Tony learns to control his temper and relax, while Carol is pursued by Phillip, who is in love with her. Several months after their separation, Carol and Tony are paired in a game by Jimmy, who is not aware that they are married because he knows Carol by her professional name, Wayne. Carol is impressed by the apparent changes in Tony, and after the game, the couple go to find a dog for Jimmy to replace one he had named "Corky." Corky was a "Shepper-Newfounder," a mutt sold to Jimmy as a purebred, and Carol and Tony have difficulties finding a dog matching Corky's peculiar characteristics. They finally find one, however, and Jimmy is overjoyed by his new friend, "Rex." Despite an earlier argument over Tony's suspicions about Carol's expensive apartment, Carol agrees to go home with him for dinner. The couple are on the verge of reconciling when Tony opens a letter from his lawyer and discovers that Carol, who used to be a professional model, has been supporting herself by modeling swimsuits and lingerie. Tony angrily declares that she has humiliated him by working instead of taking money from him, and Carol storms out. Two weeks later, Tony goes to the club and finds out from Phillip that Carol is in London. Because he believes that Phillip intends to join Carol after the divorce is final, Tony challenges him to a game of golf, and the two men end up fighting. After Phillip gives Tony a good thrashing, he reveals that Carol is still in love with her foul-tempered mate. Tony rushes to England with Jimmy and Rex, and his appearance convinces Carol that he truly loves her. The reunited couple cuddle as they look at a billboard of a baby, and Tony suggests that they should have one of their own. +

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

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