Love Is News (1937)

78 mins | Screwball comedy | 26 February 1937

Director:

Tay Garnett

Cinematographer:

Ernest Palmer

Editor:

Irene Morra

Production Designer:

Rudolph Sternad

Production Company:

Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

According to Var , Warner Bros. originally bought the screen rights to the story in Jun 1936. According to LAEx , Darryl Zanuck, who wanted Tyrone Power to do light, romantic comedy, was unsure about his casting for the role of "Chico" in Seventh Heaven (see below), so he starred him in this film. Life speculated that this film would probably establish Power "as the leading contender for the romantic juvenile laurels now worn by Robert Taylor." The same LAEx news item stated that Otto Preminger would direct the film. NYT reported that Loretta Young objected to Preminger as being "too foreign to direct such an American story," so Tay Garnett was switched from The Last Slaver , the working title for Slave Ship (see below), to this film. Garnett directed Slave Ship when this film was completed. Gavin Muir and Shirley Deane are listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A modern source states that this was Young's only picture in the 1930s to be a top ten moneymaker and that she was furious that Power was given top billing. Twentieth Century-Fox remade the film in 1948 as That Wonderful Urge , with Tyrone Power again and Gene Tierney, directed by Robert Sinclair. In 1943, Twentieth Century-Fox produced a film entitled Sweet Rosie O'Grady , which was taken from stories by Lipman, Stephani and Edward Van Every and bears some resemblance to this film. That film starred Betty Grable and ... More Less

According to Var , Warner Bros. originally bought the screen rights to the story in Jun 1936. According to LAEx , Darryl Zanuck, who wanted Tyrone Power to do light, romantic comedy, was unsure about his casting for the role of "Chico" in Seventh Heaven (see below), so he starred him in this film. Life speculated that this film would probably establish Power "as the leading contender for the romantic juvenile laurels now worn by Robert Taylor." The same LAEx news item stated that Otto Preminger would direct the film. NYT reported that Loretta Young objected to Preminger as being "too foreign to direct such an American story," so Tay Garnett was switched from The Last Slaver , the working title for Slave Ship (see below), to this film. Garnett directed Slave Ship when this film was completed. Gavin Muir and Shirley Deane are listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A modern source states that this was Young's only picture in the 1930s to be a top ten moneymaker and that she was furious that Power was given top billing. Twentieth Century-Fox remade the film in 1948 as That Wonderful Urge , with Tyrone Power again and Gene Tierney, directed by Robert Sinclair. In 1943, Twentieth Century-Fox produced a film entitled Sweet Rosie O'Grady , which was taken from stories by Lipman, Stephani and Edward Van Every and bears some resemblance to this film. That film starred Betty Grable and Robert Young and was directed by Irving Cummings. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27-Feb-37
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Daily Variety
15 Feb 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Mar 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Nov 36
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 36
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 37
p. 4.
Life
15 Mar 37
pp. 26-29.
Los Angeles Examiner
23-Oct-36
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Motion Picture Daily
16 Feb 37
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Dec 36
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Feb 37
p. 60, 62
New York Times
8-Nov-36
---
New York Times
6 Mar 37
p. 10.
Variety
3-Jun-36
---
Variety
10 Mar 37
p. 15.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Revisions and orig dial
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Love Is News," words by Sidney D. Mitchell, music by Lew Pollack
"The Prisoners' Song," words and music by Guy Massey.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 February 1937
Production Date:
mid November-early December 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 February 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7205
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
6,999
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2957
SYNOPSIS

After Martin J. Canavan is appointed city editor of the New York Daily Express , rival reporter Steve Leyton quits. When a hot tip comes in that the multi-millionaire tin-can heiress, Tony Gateson, will be landing shortly at the Newark airport, Marty accepts a sock in the jaw from Steve and tricks him into covering the story. At the airport, Steve gains Tony's confidence after posing as the leader of a special police detail to help her and learns that she has broken with her fiancé, Count Andre de Guyon, whom she calls a "blue-blooded moron." When Tony learns Steve's identity and he refuses to kill the story about the breakup, she announces to the other reporters that she and Steve have become engaged, so that he will experience what it feels like to be a "public freak." Marty fires Steve, who is hounded by autograph-seekers and a horde of salemen. Tony then agrees to meet him for lunch to discuss the situation. Steve brings Marty to prove that the story is not true, but Tony kisses Steve passionately so that photographers from the other papers can get pictures of them. Steve follows Tony into the country, where she is arrested for speeding and reckless driving. After learning that Steve has convinced the judge to sentence her to thirty days, Tony sends him on an errand to her car and then has him arrested for trying to rob it. She tells the other reporters that "Stevekins" had himself thrown in jail to be near her. The next day, after she is released and pays Steve's fine, she tries to attract his attention by faking ... +


After Martin J. Canavan is appointed city editor of the New York Daily Express , rival reporter Steve Leyton quits. When a hot tip comes in that the multi-millionaire tin-can heiress, Tony Gateson, will be landing shortly at the Newark airport, Marty accepts a sock in the jaw from Steve and tricks him into covering the story. At the airport, Steve gains Tony's confidence after posing as the leader of a special police detail to help her and learns that she has broken with her fiancé, Count Andre de Guyon, whom she calls a "blue-blooded moron." When Tony learns Steve's identity and he refuses to kill the story about the breakup, she announces to the other reporters that she and Steve have become engaged, so that he will experience what it feels like to be a "public freak." Marty fires Steve, who is hounded by autograph-seekers and a horde of salemen. Tony then agrees to meet him for lunch to discuss the situation. Steve brings Marty to prove that the story is not true, but Tony kisses Steve passionately so that photographers from the other papers can get pictures of them. Steve follows Tony into the country, where she is arrested for speeding and reckless driving. After learning that Steve has convinced the judge to sentence her to thirty days, Tony sends him on an errand to her car and then has him arrested for trying to rob it. She tells the other reporters that "Stevekins" had himself thrown in jail to be near her. The next day, after she is released and pays Steve's fine, she tries to attract his attention by faking an accident in her car. Steve, however, carries her from the car and drops her in a pool of mud. Later, when Tony tells Steve that she plans to "jilt" him to create more headlines and humiliation for him, Steve says that he is glad because it will help publicize the vaudeville act he plans to do to recreate their "romance." Horrified, Tony refuses to jilt him, and Steve impulsively kisses her passionately, which causes them both to realize that their charade has gone too far. Tony agrees to call off the engagement quickly and quietly and to give Marty the exclusive story the next morning. The next day, after Tony has not shown up, Steve bets Marty a sock on the jaw that she will appear by 10:15. However, Tony, having learned that her friend, Lois Westcott, is about to marry the count, rushes to city hall to stop them. She convinces the count that she still loves him and at 10:15, as Marty socks Steve, calls the Daily Express with the story that she will marry the count. After the call, Steve demands repayment and socks Marty back. At city hall, after the count tells Lois about his change in wedding plans, Tony admits that she was only pretending so she could reveal to Lois that the count is really a cad. Tony goes to see Steve and, when she finds him rehearsing a scene from the vaudeville act, calls him despicable. She confides in her wealthy uncle, Cyrus Jeffrey, who has liked Steve all along, and Cyrus, without her knowledge, buys a half interest in the newspaper with the condition that Steve be made managing editor. When Marty learns that Steve is now his boss, he demands to be taken off the payroll. In the midst of their argument, the count arrives and offers ten of Tony's love letters for $10,000. Tony arrives and offers the count $25,000 for them, but Steve keeps them stating that he and the count already made a deal. Tony leaves upset and Marty socks the count, while Steve puts a box marked "Gateson letters" into a safe. Publisher J. D. Jones then demands the letters and reveals that Cyrus is half owner of the paper. Steve quits, thinking that Tony got him his new position. When the box is opened and Tony sees that Steve has destroyed the letters, she tearfully voes to "eat crow." She chases Steve into a drugstore pay phone, demanding an interview and asking questions such as, "Don't you think Tony Gateson is a human being" and "When are you going to act like one yourself?" Steve calls Marty, and as Marty listens and a crowd watching from outside cheers, Steve kisses Tony. +

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