Hat Check Honey (1944)

66 or 69 mins | Comedy | 10 March 1944

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Cross Your Fingers . According to the HR review, this was actor Richard Davis' first film after his discharge from the U.S. Army for medical reasons. Although modern sources include the songs "Rhythm of the Islands" and "It Happened in Kaloha" in the film, they were not heard in the viewed ... More Less

The working title of this film was Cross Your Fingers . According to the HR review, this was actor Richard Davis' first film after his discharge from the U.S. Army for medical reasons. Although modern sources include the songs "Rhythm of the Islands" and "It Happened in Kaloha" in the film, they were not heard in the viewed print. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Mar 1944.
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Daily Variety
3 Mar 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Mar 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 44
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Feb 44
p. 1746.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Mar 44
p. 1794.
Variety
8 Mar 44
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
STAND INS
Vocals [for Richard Davis' songs]
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Drumola," composer undetermined.
SONGS
"Slightly Sentimental," "Nice to Know You," "A Dream Ago" and "Rockin' with You," music by Milton Rosen, lyrics by Everett Carter.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Cross Your Fingers
Release Date:
10 March 1944
Production Date:
mid November--late November 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
10 March 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12576
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66 or 69
Length(in feet):
6,160
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9881
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Vaudeville comedian Happy Dan Briggs breaks up his father and son carnival act so that his son Danny, Jr. can have a chance at the big time. Working as a busboy at the Penguin nightclub, Danny meets and falls in love with aspiring writer Susan Brent, who works there as a hat check girl. After being fired as a busboy, Danny is hired to replace Jimmy Cash as the singer in Freddie Slack's orchestra. Encouraged by Danny's newfound success, Susan asks Happy to come to the Penguin in order to patch things up between the father and son. That night, motion picture star Mona Mallory attends the club, but leaves abruptly when the well-meaning Happy spills champagne on her. Happy apologizes to the actress the next morning, however, so she agrees to help Danny get a contract with Major Studios. After his very first film with Mona, the studio heads decide to build up Danny to star status. Happy, in turn, pays Susan's way to Hollywood, where she is immediately hired as a bicycle messenger at the studio. Danny soon becomes a victim of his own success, going so far as to present himself as an aristocrat. Mona, in turn, becomes jealous of Danny's publicity and demands that her new discovery, Alan Dane, co-star in her next film. When her demands are refused, Mona telegrams Happy and asks him to come out to Hollywood. Later, Susan chastises Danny who, on the advice of his agent, Tim Martel, refuses to meet his father at the train station. Danny takes Happy and Susan to a nightclub, where they meet Mona and Alan, with ... +


Vaudeville comedian Happy Dan Briggs breaks up his father and son carnival act so that his son Danny, Jr. can have a chance at the big time. Working as a busboy at the Penguin nightclub, Danny meets and falls in love with aspiring writer Susan Brent, who works there as a hat check girl. After being fired as a busboy, Danny is hired to replace Jimmy Cash as the singer in Freddie Slack's orchestra. Encouraged by Danny's newfound success, Susan asks Happy to come to the Penguin in order to patch things up between the father and son. That night, motion picture star Mona Mallory attends the club, but leaves abruptly when the well-meaning Happy spills champagne on her. Happy apologizes to the actress the next morning, however, so she agrees to help Danny get a contract with Major Studios. After his very first film with Mona, the studio heads decide to build up Danny to star status. Happy, in turn, pays Susan's way to Hollywood, where she is immediately hired as a bicycle messenger at the studio. Danny soon becomes a victim of his own success, going so far as to present himself as an aristocrat. Mona, in turn, becomes jealous of Danny's publicity and demands that her new discovery, Alan Dane, co-star in her next film. When her demands are refused, Mona telegrams Happy and asks him to come out to Hollywood. Later, Susan chastises Danny who, on the advice of his agent, Tim Martel, refuses to meet his father at the train station. Danny takes Happy and Susan to a nightclub, where they meet Mona and Alan, with disastrous results. Later, Martel tells Happy that his presence in Hollywood will hurt Danny's career, so the old vaudevillian agrees to leave. Meanwhile, Danny asks for a delay in the production of his next picture so that he can straighten things out with Susan and his father, but when the studio refuses, he quits and returns to his old job with Freddie Slack's orchestra. Later, Susan writes a screenplay, based on Happy's vaudevillian life, but refuses to sell it to the studio unless Happy plays himself. Happy, in turn, refuses to do the film without his son. The studio then agrees to give Danny another chance, and he and Susan are reconciled. +

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

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