Love Birds (1934)

60 or 62 mins | Comedy | 12 March 1934

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HISTORY

Although the film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity and dialogue script. This film's working titles were Two Clucks , Niagara and Niagara Falls . Niagara Falls was also the alternate title for the Slim Summerville and ZaSu Pitts film Out All Night (see below). The Var preview length for this film was 80 minutes, which suggests the film may have been substantially cut before its general release. The Universal production files at the USC Cinema-Television Library credit Merna Kennedy in the role of "Kitten," and she is listed in the cast in the DV preview review. Dorothy Christy replaced her, however. The files also list William Wyler as an early choice for director. FD erroneously credits actor Clarence Wilson with ... More Less

Although the film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity and dialogue script. This film's working titles were Two Clucks , Niagara and Niagara Falls . Niagara Falls was also the alternate title for the Slim Summerville and ZaSu Pitts film Out All Night (see below). The Var preview length for this film was 80 minutes, which suggests the film may have been substantially cut before its general release. The Universal production files at the USC Cinema-Television Library credit Merna Kennedy in the role of "Kitten," and she is listed in the cast in the DV preview review. Dorothy Christy replaced her, however. The files also list William Wyler as an early choice for director. FD erroneously credits actor Clarence Wilson with editing. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Jan 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 May 34
p. 9.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Apr 34
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Apr 34
p. 38.
Variety
29 May 34
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
MAKEUP
Hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr clerk
Child welfare worker
STAND INS
Stand-in for ZaSu Pitts
Stand-in for Slim Summerville
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Niagara
Niagara Falls
Two Clucks
Release Date:
12 March 1934
Production Date:
10 November--4 December 1933
retakes shot early January 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 March 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4531
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 62
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When farmer Henry Whipple's chickens overtake her schoolroom, teacher Araminta Tootle is fired and retires with her precocious, weakling nephew Gladwyn, who loves to quote the Bible, to Banning, California. There, she purchases an abandoned desert ranch called El Mirage, where a Chinese man once was murdered, from realtor Jameson Forbes. Forbes's secretary, Kitten, sells the same ranch to Henry, and the two new owners meet at the ranch, each claiming to be the rightful owner. Later they discover the ranch has no water. When a prospecting hobo named Barbwire hears from Gladwyn that Henry molested Araminta, he fights Henry and loses his gold tooth inlay in the sand. Barbwire thinks he has discovered gold and causes a gold rush on the property. Among the new arrivals is Madam Bertha Smith and her three "girls," prostitutes who flirt with Henry to get at his money. After Henry fights a prospector to get him off the land, Araminta falls in love with him. She and Henry go into town with the madam and her girls for a drink, which Henry hopes will ease a toothache he has acquired. In the saloon, Araminta scowls when Gertie, one of Bertha's girls, flirts with Henry, so he refuses Gertie's advances. When Jameson and Kitten read of the gold rush, they return to swindle Henry and Araminta out of their property. Henry and Araminta both sell their deeds for $10,000, planning to give the money to each other to bring water to the ranch. A traveling medicine man then tries to pull Henry's bad tooth, and although he pulls the wrong one, he recognizes Henry's gold ... +


When farmer Henry Whipple's chickens overtake her schoolroom, teacher Araminta Tootle is fired and retires with her precocious, weakling nephew Gladwyn, who loves to quote the Bible, to Banning, California. There, she purchases an abandoned desert ranch called El Mirage, where a Chinese man once was murdered, from realtor Jameson Forbes. Forbes's secretary, Kitten, sells the same ranch to Henry, and the two new owners meet at the ranch, each claiming to be the rightful owner. Later they discover the ranch has no water. When a prospecting hobo named Barbwire hears from Gladwyn that Henry molested Araminta, he fights Henry and loses his gold tooth inlay in the sand. Barbwire thinks he has discovered gold and causes a gold rush on the property. Among the new arrivals is Madam Bertha Smith and her three "girls," prostitutes who flirt with Henry to get at his money. After Henry fights a prospector to get him off the land, Araminta falls in love with him. She and Henry go into town with the madam and her girls for a drink, which Henry hopes will ease a toothache he has acquired. In the saloon, Araminta scowls when Gertie, one of Bertha's girls, flirts with Henry, so he refuses Gertie's advances. When Jameson and Kitten read of the gold rush, they return to swindle Henry and Araminta out of their property. Henry and Araminta both sell their deeds for $10,000, planning to give the money to each other to bring water to the ranch. A traveling medicine man then tries to pull Henry's bad tooth, and although he pulls the wrong one, he recognizes Henry's gold nugget in the bar as an inlay, and the gold rush is declared a hoax. After Forbes claims to be the new owner, the prospectors attack him for "salting" his land with pieces of gold in order to unload the property. Later, Gladwyn returns to school and proudly fights with the boys. While cheering Gladwyn, Araminta accidentally hits Henry in the mouth, causing him to wince in pain. +

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