Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me (1940)

61 mins | Comedy-drama | 15 March 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Fashions for Sale . It was then retitled Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me to become part of Universal's series based on popular songs. Story writer Ed Sullivan was a columnist for the New York Daily News . Although the film print credits Charles Grayson and Edmund Hartmann with screenplay, a production chart in HR attributes the screenplay to Harry Clork and Paul Gerard Smith. The extent of Clork's and Smith's participation in the film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Fashions for Sale . It was then retitled Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me to become part of Universal's series based on popular songs. Story writer Ed Sullivan was a columnist for the New York Daily News . Although the film print credits Charles Grayson and Edmund Hartmann with screenplay, a production chart in HR attributes the screenplay to Harry Clork and Paul Gerard Smith. The extent of Clork's and Smith's participation in the film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Apr 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Apr 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 40
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 40
pp. 12-13.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Apr 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
8 Apr 40
p. 15.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Apr 40
p. 39.
New York Times
26 Apr 40
p. 25.
Variety
1 May 40
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd tech
SOURCES
SONGS
"Unfair to Love," music and lyrics by Frank Skinner and Sam Lerner
"A Lemon in the Garden of Love," music and lyrics by Richard Carle and M. E. Rourke
"Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me," music and lyrics by Con Conrad and Sidney Clare.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fashions for Sale
Release Date:
15 March 1940
Production Date:
began February 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 March 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9487
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6117
SYNOPSIS

When the exclusive woman's shop owned by C. J. Woodbury experiences a business slump, C. J. fires Tommy Shaw, his press agent, for offending a customer. While waiting in the unemployment line, Tommy meets aspiring actress Connie Curtiss, who confides her dream of owning a Woodbury gown. Inspired by Connie's confession, Tommy proposes a Miss Manhattan contest to publicize an inexpensive line of Woodbury designs. C. J. approves of Tommy's idea and hires Connie to be "Miss Manhattan," the average working girl. The campaign is a huge success and Tommy becomes so involved in his work that he ignores Connie's affection for him. Running out of publicity angles, Tommy decides to marry "Miss Manhattan" to "Mr. Manhattan" and hires Joe Porter for the job. To boost the sale of wedding accessories, Tommy decides to hold the ceremony during the Woodbury musical revue, but as the show proceeds, Tommy has second thoughts and decides to marry Connie himself. Joe, fearful of losing his benefits, protests, and as a result, the two come to blows. Tommy, the winner, then carries Connie onto the stage and they have a double wedding as C. J. decides to marry Minerva, his fiancée of thirty ... +


When the exclusive woman's shop owned by C. J. Woodbury experiences a business slump, C. J. fires Tommy Shaw, his press agent, for offending a customer. While waiting in the unemployment line, Tommy meets aspiring actress Connie Curtiss, who confides her dream of owning a Woodbury gown. Inspired by Connie's confession, Tommy proposes a Miss Manhattan contest to publicize an inexpensive line of Woodbury designs. C. J. approves of Tommy's idea and hires Connie to be "Miss Manhattan," the average working girl. The campaign is a huge success and Tommy becomes so involved in his work that he ignores Connie's affection for him. Running out of publicity angles, Tommy decides to marry "Miss Manhattan" to "Mr. Manhattan" and hires Joe Porter for the job. To boost the sale of wedding accessories, Tommy decides to hold the ceremony during the Woodbury musical revue, but as the show proceeds, Tommy has second thoughts and decides to marry Connie himself. Joe, fearful of losing his benefits, protests, and as a result, the two come to blows. Tommy, the winner, then carries Connie onto the stage and they have a double wedding as C. J. decides to marry Minerva, his fiancée of thirty years. +

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

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