Delicious (1931)

106 mins | Musical comedy | 26 December 1931

Director:

David Butler

Cinematographer:

Ernest Palmer

Editor:

Irene Morra

Production Designer:

Joseph C. Wright

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

This film's working titles were Sky Line and Skyline . According to information in the legal records, the story was based on a play by Guy Bolton, which was produced in London, but no other information concerning the play has been located. Also, according to the legal records The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, kept at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Buddy DeSylva was connected with the film's production in some unspecified manner.
       The opening credits read, "Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Delicious with George Gershwin Music." This was the first film for which George and Ira Gershwin wrote the full score. According to the legal records, the Gershwins were signed to compose eight songs for the film, in addition to the score, including theme and incidental music. The records include an assignment for the song "Mischa-Jascha-Toscha-Sascha," which was not included in the final film. Gershwin's "New York Rhapsody," which was entitled "Rhapsody in Rivets" during production, was highly praised by the critics. MPH commented, "Gershwin's 'New York Rhapsody,' which is presented against a striking background of New York life, is an outstanding feature of the production and probably constitutes one of the finest, if not the finest, musical composition originally conceived for motion pictures." Var remarked that this composition, "which the composer is booked to play in concert shortly, is mutilated as spotted in sections in this script....Gershwin's new rhapsody is cut in pieces when first used as the musical background in a studio scene, but later gets into full play in a ... More Less

This film's working titles were Sky Line and Skyline . According to information in the legal records, the story was based on a play by Guy Bolton, which was produced in London, but no other information concerning the play has been located. Also, according to the legal records The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, kept at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Buddy DeSylva was connected with the film's production in some unspecified manner.
       The opening credits read, "Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Delicious with George Gershwin Music." This was the first film for which George and Ira Gershwin wrote the full score. According to the legal records, the Gershwins were signed to compose eight songs for the film, in addition to the score, including theme and incidental music. The records include an assignment for the song "Mischa-Jascha-Toscha-Sascha," which was not included in the final film. Gershwin's "New York Rhapsody," which was entitled "Rhapsody in Rivets" during production, was highly praised by the critics. MPH commented, "Gershwin's 'New York Rhapsody,' which is presented against a striking background of New York life, is an outstanding feature of the production and probably constitutes one of the finest, if not the finest, musical composition originally conceived for motion pictures." Var remarked that this composition, "which the composer is booked to play in concert shortly, is mutilated as spotted in sections in this script....Gershwin's new rhapsody is cut in pieces when first used as the musical background in a studio scene, but later gets into full play in a symbolic manner as Janet [Gaynor] wanders through the city in a daze." NYT notes that Marvine Maazel played the composition in the film. The work was also entitled "Second Rhapsody." FD reported on 5 Jul 1931 that a rehearsal of "Second Rhapsody" had been given under the auspices of NBC. The premiere of the work on New York on Christmas Day, 1931 occurred one day before the opening on Broadway of the Gershwins' musical Of Thee I Sing . According to modern sources, the song "Blah-Blah-Blah-Blah with You" was originally entitled "Lady of the Moon" and written for the never produced Florenz Ziegfeld musical East Is West , then revised and retitled as "I Just Looked at You" for the musical Show Girl , but discarded from that. Modern sources also state that the song "Thanks to You" was written for this film but dropped and that George Gershwin may have played the piano for some of the songs in the film.
       According to the legal records, Alfred Cordova was originally cast in the role of "Sascha." The legal records also contain information about a $1,500,000 suit by Corinne Swenson, also known as Marie Manix, for the alleged unauthorized use of her story "Lucky Molly Bawn." The suit was settled in May 1933 when the studio bought the story for $3,000. A Var news item, dated 31 Jun 1935, stated that Twentieth Century-Fox was remaking Delicious under the title of The Immigrant . That title was the working title for the 1936 film Paddy O'Day , which starred Jane Withers (see below). While the plot of the later film has similarities to Delicious , neither of the writers of the earlier film are credited in connection with Paddy O'Day . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
5 Jul 31
p. 5.
Film Daily
27 Dec 31
p. 10.
HF
5 Sep 31
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 31
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 33
p. 4.
International Photographer
1 Jan 32
p. 32.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Dec 31
pp. 35-36.
New York Times
26 Dec 31
p. 15.
Variety
29 Dec 31
p. 166.
Variety
31 Jun 1935.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
with George Gershwin music
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Story
Adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
MUSIC
"You Started It" and "New York Rhapsody" by George Gershwin.
SONGS
"Delishious," "Dream Sequence," "Somebody from Somewhere," "Katinkitschka" and "Blah-Blah-Blah-Blah with You," music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Skyline
Sky Line
Release Date:
26 December 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 December 1931
Production Date:
29 August--10 November 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 December 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2697
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
106
Length(in feet):
9,564
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

On a ship headed from Europe to America, immigrants sing and have fun in steerage. Heather Gordon, a Scottish woman whose parents have died, is going to live with an uncle in Idaho. Her Russian friend Sascha, who wants to make it as a composer in New York City, is traveling with relatives. Wealthy Americans Larry Beaumont and Diana Van Bergh travel in first-class. Diana's mother wants the two married and Larry has proposed, but Diana has merely stated that she will think about it. Heather and Sascha sneak into the first-class section for some fun, but they are spotted and chased. Later, in the ship's stable, Heather meets Larry, who is a polo player, and mistakes him for a groom. Sascha and Heather meet again in the ship's music room, where they are caught by the crew and accused of shipboard thefts. Larry, however, along with his Swedish valet Jansen, vouches for the pair. After Heather has a dream about her arrival in America, in which she is greeted by "Mr. Ellis" and a welcoming committee, who give her the key to the city, the ship arrives at Ellis Island, where Heather discovers that her uncle now refuses to take her in. According to the law, with no means of support, she must be sent back to Europe. Sascha offers to marry her so that she can stay, but she refuses, saying that she doesn't love him in that way. Meanwhile, because Larry cannot see Heather before he departs, he asks Diana to deliver a letter to her, but after he leaves the ship, Diana's mother tears it up. While Inspector ... +


On a ship headed from Europe to America, immigrants sing and have fun in steerage. Heather Gordon, a Scottish woman whose parents have died, is going to live with an uncle in Idaho. Her Russian friend Sascha, who wants to make it as a composer in New York City, is traveling with relatives. Wealthy Americans Larry Beaumont and Diana Van Bergh travel in first-class. Diana's mother wants the two married and Larry has proposed, but Diana has merely stated that she will think about it. Heather and Sascha sneak into the first-class section for some fun, but they are spotted and chased. Later, in the ship's stable, Heather meets Larry, who is a polo player, and mistakes him for a groom. Sascha and Heather meet again in the ship's music room, where they are caught by the crew and accused of shipboard thefts. Larry, however, along with his Swedish valet Jansen, vouches for the pair. After Heather has a dream about her arrival in America, in which she is greeted by "Mr. Ellis" and a welcoming committee, who give her the key to the city, the ship arrives at Ellis Island, where Heather discovers that her uncle now refuses to take her in. According to the law, with no means of support, she must be sent back to Europe. Sascha offers to marry her so that she can stay, but she refuses, saying that she doesn't love him in that way. Meanwhile, because Larry cannot see Heather before he departs, he asks Diana to deliver a letter to her, but after he leaves the ship, Diana's mother tears it up. While Inspector O'Flynn, who is sent to make sure that Heather stays on the boat, is distracted by Jansen, Heather hides in a horse van, which is lowered directly onto a train. The horse turns out to belong to Larry, and Heather arrives at his mansion just as O'Flynn drives up to question him. Jansen hides Heather, but she is eventually discovered by Larry, who finds out that she never got his letter. Larry offers to help the girl, but she goes away during the night, leaving a note explaining that she cannot accept anything from him. Heather then goes to Sascha and his family, who put her to work in a café show disguised as a Russian. Olga, one of Sascha's relatives, sends Larry a telegram explaining where Heather is. O'Flynn almost catches Heather, but he is fooled through the efforts of Larry, Jansen, and Olga. That same night, Diana and her mother show up to invite Heather and the Russians to play at the engagement party for Diana and Larry the following week. Heather, who has fallen in love with Larry, is crushed, and when Sascha proposes to her again, she accepts. The Russians buy them a radio as a wedding present, and they are all listening to Larry's polo game when they hear that he has been injured. Heather rushes to Larry's, where Diana lets her in, but then calls the police. Now realizing who Heather really loves, Sascha calls off the marriage. Meanwhile, Jansen proposes to Olga and she accepts. Heather escapes with O'Flynn hot on her tail and, after a mad chase around the city, gives herself up. A judge orders her deported, and she is sent to a ship about to set sail for Europe. Larry, however, finally realizes Diana's true nature and rushes to board Heather's ship. On the ship he proposes to Heather, who accepts, and they plan to be married by the captain on the high seas. +

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