When Love Is Young (1937)

75-76 mins | Comedy-drama, Musical | 28 March 1937

Director:

Hal Mohr

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's pre-release title was Class Prophecy . Universal production files at USC, credit Dawn and DeGraw and Jack Pierce without specifying their contribution. Pierce usually worked as a makeup man in Universal ... More Less

The film's pre-release title was Class Prophecy . Universal production files at USC, credit Dawn and DeGraw and Jack Pierce without specifying their contribution. Pierce usually worked as a makeup man in Universal films. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Mar 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 36
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Mar 37
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Apr 37
p. 43.
New York Times
17 Apr 37
p. 15.
Variety
21 Apr 37
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
"Jack O'Lantern" number des by
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
["Jack O'Lantern"] number staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
Prod asst
Prod secy
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Class Prophecy" by Eleanore Griffin in McCall's Magazine (Nov 1935).
MUSIC
"The Ride of the Valkeries" from the opera Der Walküre by Richard Wagner
"The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss II.
SONGS
"When Love Is Young," "Would I Be Wasting My Time?," "Did Anyone Ever Tell You?"
other songs, music and lyrics by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Class Prophecy
Release Date:
28 March 1937
Production Date:
17 December 36--5 February 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 March 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7017
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2989
SYNOPSIS

Wanda Werner, a quiet farm girl, attends her high school graduation dance in the company of her uncle Hugo, but hopes for at least one dance with the class president, Norman Crocker. To her delight, Norman does ask her to dance, but only because he has accepted a bet to do so. Just before the reading of the class prophecies, Wanda's classmates realize that they neglected to make a prophecy for her. Because she is so quiet, no one really knows her, and the resulting unflattering prediction sends her from the room crying. Determined to put her unhappy past behind her, Wanda moves to New York to study singing. She has no luck there either, until she meets press agent Andy Russell. He hires her to drive a flock of geese down a busy street as a publicity stunt for a play. In return, he gets her a job singing for a morning exercise program. When she is fired from the job, she angrily accuses Andy of lying to her. Seeing her angry for the first time, Andy convinces a producer that she is a great actress. After he remakes her image, he helps Wanda learn the Broadway singing style. As the star of Jack O'Lantern Girl , Wanda is a big success. Andy tells her how much he loves her, intending to ask her to marry him, but when she announces that she is making a visit home, he thinks she is going to see her "boyfriend," Norman, whose picture she keeps in her room. The entire town comes out to welcome Wanda home. ... +


Wanda Werner, a quiet farm girl, attends her high school graduation dance in the company of her uncle Hugo, but hopes for at least one dance with the class president, Norman Crocker. To her delight, Norman does ask her to dance, but only because he has accepted a bet to do so. Just before the reading of the class prophecies, Wanda's classmates realize that they neglected to make a prophecy for her. Because she is so quiet, no one really knows her, and the resulting unflattering prediction sends her from the room crying. Determined to put her unhappy past behind her, Wanda moves to New York to study singing. She has no luck there either, until she meets press agent Andy Russell. He hires her to drive a flock of geese down a busy street as a publicity stunt for a play. In return, he gets her a job singing for a morning exercise program. When she is fired from the job, she angrily accuses Andy of lying to her. Seeing her angry for the first time, Andy convinces a producer that she is a great actress. After he remakes her image, he helps Wanda learn the Broadway singing style. As the star of Jack O'Lantern Girl , Wanda is a big success. Andy tells her how much he loves her, intending to ask her to marry him, but when she announces that she is making a visit home, he thinks she is going to see her "boyfriend," Norman, whose picture she keeps in her room. The entire town comes out to welcome Wanda home. At a party in her honor, Norman turns all his charm on her, greatly upsetting his loyal girl friend, Irene Henry. Discovering how shallow Norman is, Wanda realizes that she loves Andy. She hurries back to New York to tell Andy that she loves him, too. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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