Love and Hisses (1937)

84-85 mins | Musical comedy | 31 December 1937

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HISTORY

According to NYT , Simone Simon requested that she be allowed to sing in this film and selected for her sound test "The Bell Song" from the opera Lakmé , which NYT characterized as "a piece so difficult that few operatic stars have been able to sing it." The article states that Simon, who studied voice in France, sung the hardest passages without difficulty. A HR news item stated that the studio purchased the song "Woof" by Norman Zeno and Will Irwin for this film; Bert Lahr, who sang the song (which was renamed "The Wolf Song") in the film had previously sung it in the Broadway production of The Show Is On . According to NYT , Dick Baldwin's performance in his first film, Life Begins at College (see above), won him his role in this film. Var reported that Ben Bernie took acting lessons from the Theatre Guild's Philip Loeb to prepare for this film. According to NYT , writer Art Arthur used to be a Broadway columnist. The two fictional reporters in the film, "Sidney Hoffman" and "Irving Skolsky," apparently were named for gossip columnists Sidney Skolsky and Irving Hoffman. Wally Vernon is listed as a cast member in a HR production chart, but his participation in the final film is doubtful. Warren Mace is credited as a cast member in publicity for the film, but his participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

According to NYT , Simone Simon requested that she be allowed to sing in this film and selected for her sound test "The Bell Song" from the opera Lakmé , which NYT characterized as "a piece so difficult that few operatic stars have been able to sing it." The article states that Simon, who studied voice in France, sung the hardest passages without difficulty. A HR news item stated that the studio purchased the song "Woof" by Norman Zeno and Will Irwin for this film; Bert Lahr, who sang the song (which was renamed "The Wolf Song") in the film had previously sung it in the Broadway production of The Show Is On . According to NYT , Dick Baldwin's performance in his first film, Life Begins at College (see above), won him his role in this film. Var reported that Ben Bernie took acting lessons from the Theatre Guild's Philip Loeb to prepare for this film. According to NYT , writer Art Arthur used to be a Broadway columnist. The two fictional reporters in the film, "Sidney Hoffman" and "Irving Skolsky," apparently were named for gossip columnists Sidney Skolsky and Irving Hoffman. Wally Vernon is listed as a cast member in a HR production chart, but his participation in the final film is doubtful. Warren Mace is credited as a cast member in publicity for the film, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Dec 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Dec 37
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Sep 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 37
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 37
sec. II, p. 90.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Dec 37
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Oct 37
p. 57.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Dec 37
pp. 39-42.
New York Times
3-Oct-37
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New York Times
5-Dec-37
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New York Times
1 Jan 38
p. 11.
Variety
22 Dec 37
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
Vocal supv
SOUND
DANCE
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
Publicity dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Bell Song" from the opera Lakmé , music by Léo Delibes, libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille
"Be a Good Sport," "Sweet Someone," "Broadway's Gone Hawaii" and "I Wanna Be in Winchell's Column," music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
"Power House," music and lyrics by Raymond Scott
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SONGS
"The Bell Song" from the opera Lakmé , music by Léo Delibes, libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille
"Be a Good Sport," "Sweet Someone," "Broadway's Gone Hawaii" and "I Wanna Be in Winchell's Column," music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
"Power House," music and lyrics by Raymond Scott
"The Wolf Song," music and lyrics by Norman Zeno and Will Irwin
"A Little Love, a Little Kiss (Un peu d'amour)," music by Lao Silesu, original French lyrics by Nilson Fysher, English lyrics by Adrian Ross
"Oh, What a Man," music and lyrics by Lew Pollack and Sidney Mitchell.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
31 December 1937
Production Date:
13 September--early November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1937
Copyright Number:
LP8001
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84-85
Length(in feet):
7,609
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3796
SYNOPSIS

At Lindy's Restaurant in New York, bandleader Ben Bernie asks gossip columnist Walter Winchell, with whom he has a mock public feud, to give a boost to "Eugenie," his new singer from Europe, and Winchell invites Bernie to his broadcast. After Bernie tricks Winchell into signing for the check, Winchell, during his broadcast, calls Eugenie a phony, and Bernie kicks in a bass drum as he leaves in a huff. Later, at Winchell's office, Count Pierre Rauol Guerin, an attaché from the French Embassy in Washington, beseeches Winchell to help him find his daughter Yvette, who left home three weeks earlier to pursue a career on Broadway. Winchell agrees and they find Yvette at Bernie's chorus call at the Club Casino. Winchell is very impressed with Yvette's voice, and after Bernie says that he is not interested in her, Winchell vows to make her a star, despite her father's misgivings. After Winchell leaves excitedly, Bernie, Guerin and Yvette express delight that the first part of their scheme to publicly embarrass Winchell has succeeded: Yvette is really Eugenie, and they plan to announce this after Winchell has made her a star. At Lindy's, busboy Steve Norton, from Boise, Idaho, gives Bernie the sheet music to a song he has written. Bernie agrees to look at it, but when the maitre d' fires Steve for bothering the customers, Steve believes that Bernie "snitched" on him. Meanwhile, Winchell gives Yvette a new name, "Yvette Yvette," which Yvette says sounds silly. After Winchell arranges for Yvette to audition at the Manila Club, Bernie tells her to learn Steve's song. Steve, who has gotten a ... +


At Lindy's Restaurant in New York, bandleader Ben Bernie asks gossip columnist Walter Winchell, with whom he has a mock public feud, to give a boost to "Eugenie," his new singer from Europe, and Winchell invites Bernie to his broadcast. After Bernie tricks Winchell into signing for the check, Winchell, during his broadcast, calls Eugenie a phony, and Bernie kicks in a bass drum as he leaves in a huff. Later, at Winchell's office, Count Pierre Rauol Guerin, an attaché from the French Embassy in Washington, beseeches Winchell to help him find his daughter Yvette, who left home three weeks earlier to pursue a career on Broadway. Winchell agrees and they find Yvette at Bernie's chorus call at the Club Casino. Winchell is very impressed with Yvette's voice, and after Bernie says that he is not interested in her, Winchell vows to make her a star, despite her father's misgivings. After Winchell leaves excitedly, Bernie, Guerin and Yvette express delight that the first part of their scheme to publicly embarrass Winchell has succeeded: Yvette is really Eugenie, and they plan to announce this after Winchell has made her a star. At Lindy's, busboy Steve Norton, from Boise, Idaho, gives Bernie the sheet music to a song he has written. Bernie agrees to look at it, but when the maitre d' fires Steve for bothering the customers, Steve believes that Bernie "snitched" on him. Meanwhile, Winchell gives Yvette a new name, "Yvette Yvette," which Yvette says sounds silly. After Winchell arranges for Yvette to audition at the Manila Club, Bernie tells her to learn Steve's song. Steve, who has gotten a job as an elevator operator at the hotel where Yvette is staying, hears her hum the song and when he finds out that she got it from Bernie, he finds Bernie and slugs him in the eye. Later, Steve apologizes to Yvette and, after playing other songs he has written, kisses her. At the audition, the club owner, who is in collusion with Bernie, rejects Yvette. Bernie then broadcasts news of the rejection over his radio program, and Winchell vows to put Yvette on his own show over a national hookup. Bernie plans to open his own club with Yvette the night after she sings on Winchell's show and publicly embarrass Winchell by announcing her real identity as the singer Winchell panned. On the night of her performance, when Steve becomes upset that Bernie has been sending Yvette flowers, she explains the ruse to him, but he remains perturbed and vows to leave for home that night. Yvette tells Bernie that she will go to Boise with Steve, but when Bernie promises to hire him to write songs, she agrees to continue with the plan. Bernie explains the situation to Steve and convinces him not to see Yvette until after the show the next evening. Upset that Steve has not come to see her, Yvette confides in Winchell, who then acknowledges defeat to Bernie. Just then, Winchell's secretary Joan reports that the mob has abducted Yvette. Winchell gets a call to bring $50,000 to a secluded country spot. Winchell and Bernie arrive there, and when Winchell explains that he couldn't get the money in time, Bernie is held hostage, while Winchell is given until eleven that night to bring the money. After Bernie is blindfolded, Winchell makes plans with the mobsters, with whom he has been in cahoots all along, to carry out a trick to get even with Bernie. That night, the mobsters tell Bernie that they have learned that Winchell has tipped off the cops, and they discuss how they will now kill Bernie. At the Manila Club, Winchell tells the audience that they will soon witness the greatest death scene since Camille. Followed by a spotlight, Bernie, still blindfolded, is led onstage. On a national radio hookup, Winchell says that he has the money, but one of the mobsters accuses Winchell of bringing the cops and tells the other to let Bernie have it. A shot is fired into the air, and Bernie falls amid gales of laughter. He then removes his blindfold and accepts the gag. Yvette is introduced, and during her song, she sees Steve, who has come with flowers. He then joins her, Winchell and Bernie onstage as they sing his song. +

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