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Information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, located at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, indicates that Robert Ellis, Helen Logan and Valentine Davies worked on early versions of the screenplay for this picture. Their contribution to the completed film is doubtful, however. According to a 29 Oct 1942 HR news item, Alice Faye and Phil Regan were originally scheduled to star in the picture. Other actors announced by HR as having been cast included Ronald Graham, Jack Oakie (who was to play "Danny O'Mara" according to studio records), Phil Baker and Perry Como (who was to make his debut in the picture). In Jul 1943, HR also reported that Lillian Porter had been cast in the film, but her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Although the onscreen credits introduce actress Vivian Blaine "in Her First Featured Role," Blaine had appeared in several previous productions for Twentieth Century-Fox, including a starring role in the 1943 film Jitterbugs (see below). According to a 2 Nov 1943 HR item, the studio placed Blaine into Greenwich Village after showing two theater audiences a test reel of Technicolor footage of Blaine, Gale Robbins, Faye Marlowe, Lois Andrews and Doris Merrick, then asking the audiences to choose their favorite.
       The picture marked the screen debut of The Revuers, a cabaret group featuring Judy Holliday (who is billed as Judith Tuvim on the CBCS), Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Alvin Hammer. Although a 16 Feb 1944 HR news indicated that The Revuers' "satiric sketch of a Shubert operetta" had been purchased by ... More Less

Information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, located at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, indicates that Robert Ellis, Helen Logan and Valentine Davies worked on early versions of the screenplay for this picture. Their contribution to the completed film is doubtful, however. According to a 29 Oct 1942 HR news item, Alice Faye and Phil Regan were originally scheduled to star in the picture. Other actors announced by HR as having been cast included Ronald Graham, Jack Oakie (who was to play "Danny O'Mara" according to studio records), Phil Baker and Perry Como (who was to make his debut in the picture). In Jul 1943, HR also reported that Lillian Porter had been cast in the film, but her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Although the onscreen credits introduce actress Vivian Blaine "in Her First Featured Role," Blaine had appeared in several previous productions for Twentieth Century-Fox, including a starring role in the 1943 film Jitterbugs (see below). According to a 2 Nov 1943 HR item, the studio placed Blaine into Greenwich Village after showing two theater audiences a test reel of Technicolor footage of Blaine, Gale Robbins, Faye Marlowe, Lois Andrews and Doris Merrick, then asking the audiences to choose their favorite.
       The picture marked the screen debut of The Revuers, a cabaret group featuring Judy Holliday (who is billed as Judith Tuvim on the CBCS), Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Alvin Hammer. Although a 16 Feb 1944 HR news indicated that The Revuers' "satiric sketch of a Shubert operetta" had been purchased by the studio for their debut, their sequence was cut from the finished picture, and modern sources note that the group appears only in the party scene at "Bonnie Watson's" apartment. After the group broke up, Holliday became a well-known Broadway and motion picture comedienne and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Born Yesterday (see above). Comden and Green became a popular songwriting team whose films included On the Town (see above). Actor Felix Bressart was borrowed from M-G-M for the production.
       According to information in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Breen Office initially rejected the screenplay due to "sustained scenes of excessive and unnecessary drinking and drunkenness." A Nov 1942 HR news item noted that songwriter Leo Robin was teamed with Nacio Herb Brown to compose the film's songs after Robin's longtime collaborator, Ralph Rainger, died in a plane crash on 23 Oct 1942. In a 27 Oct 1943 HR news item listing songs that were to be included in the film, the Robin and Brown songs "I'm Down to My Last Dream," "You Make Me Mad," "Oh, Brother," "Never Before," "That Thing They Sing About," "I've Been Smiling in My Sleep" and "I Have to See You Privately" were mentioned, but none of these titles were in the completed picture. Carmen Miranda's rendition of "Give Me a Band and a Bandana" includes excerpts from "O Que e que a baiana tem" by Dorival Caymmi and "Quando eu penso na baia" by Ary Barroso. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Aug 1944.
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Daily Variety
9 Aug 44
p. 3, 6
Down Beat
1 Oct 44
p. 7.
Film Daily
15 Aug 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Citizen-News
1 Sep 1944.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
25 May 42
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 1942.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 May 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 43
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 44
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jan 44
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 44
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 44
p. 10.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Aug 1944.
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Motion Picture Herald
16 Sep 1944.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Aug 44
p. 2041.
New York Times
28 Sep 44
p. 26.
Variety
9 Aug 44
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Suggested by a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Fill-in dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Tech adv
Electrician
Electrician
STAND INS
Piano double for Don Ameche
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"It Goes to Your Toes," "Give Me a Band and a Bandana" and "It's All for Art's Sake," music and lyrics by Leo Robin and Nacio Herb Brown
"Whispering," music by John Schonberger, lyrics by Malvin Schonberger
"I Like to Be Loved by You," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon
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SONGS
"It Goes to Your Toes," "Give Me a Band and a Bandana" and "It's All for Art's Sake," music and lyrics by Leo Robin and Nacio Herb Brown
"Whispering," music by John Schonberger, lyrics by Malvin Schonberger
"I Like to Be Loved by You," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon
"I'm Just Wild About Harry," music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, Portuguese lyrics by Aloysio Oliveira
"Swingin' Down the Lane," music by Isham Jones, lyrics by Gus Kahn
"When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose," music by Percy Wenrich, lyrics by Jack Mahoney "This Is Our Lucky Day," music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1944
Production Date:
4 November 1943--5 January 1944
addl seq began late January 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 August 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12842
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
81-83
Length(in feet):
7,375
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9841
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1922, aspiring composer Kenneth Harvey travels from the Midwest to Greenwich Village, NY, where he hopes to interest famed composer Kavosky in his concerto. Kenneth wanders into a speakeasy owned by the brash Danny O'Hare, who wants to put on a musical extravaganza showcasing his singing sweetheart, Bonnie Watson. Danny hopes that the show will make Bonnie a star and make up for the fact that he cost her an opportunity of playing a leading role for Ziegfeld. Danny's other main entertainer, Princess Querida, mistakenly assumes that Kenneth is rich, although the few hundred-dollar bills he innocently flashes are the extent of his traveling money. Danny immediately targets Kenneth as a chump and begins to get friendly with him, but Bonnie disapproves and allows Kenneth to escort her home. At her apartment, Bonnie confesses that when she came to Greenwich Village, she had aspirations to become a poet, and advises Kenneth to be more careful about displaying his money. Danny, jealous of Kenneth and Bonnie's obvious attraction to each other, brings the gang up to Bonnie's apartment for a party, and Kenneth plays some of his concerto for them. The next morning, Danny arranges for Kenneth to move to the top floor apartment and begin writing songs for their show, although Bonnie stipulates that music from Kenneth's concerto must be withdrawn from the show if Kavosky likes it. Meanwhile, Hofer, a former violinist with Kavosky's orchestra, persuades the maestro to hear Kenneth play, which Kavosky reluctantly does to get rid of Hofer. Hofer then lies to Kenneth, telling him that Kavosky wants to perform his concerto at Carnegie Hall, ... +


In 1922, aspiring composer Kenneth Harvey travels from the Midwest to Greenwich Village, NY, where he hopes to interest famed composer Kavosky in his concerto. Kenneth wanders into a speakeasy owned by the brash Danny O'Hare, who wants to put on a musical extravaganza showcasing his singing sweetheart, Bonnie Watson. Danny hopes that the show will make Bonnie a star and make up for the fact that he cost her an opportunity of playing a leading role for Ziegfeld. Danny's other main entertainer, Princess Querida, mistakenly assumes that Kenneth is rich, although the few hundred-dollar bills he innocently flashes are the extent of his traveling money. Danny immediately targets Kenneth as a chump and begins to get friendly with him, but Bonnie disapproves and allows Kenneth to escort her home. At her apartment, Bonnie confesses that when she came to Greenwich Village, she had aspirations to become a poet, and advises Kenneth to be more careful about displaying his money. Danny, jealous of Kenneth and Bonnie's obvious attraction to each other, brings the gang up to Bonnie's apartment for a party, and Kenneth plays some of his concerto for them. The next morning, Danny arranges for Kenneth to move to the top floor apartment and begin writing songs for their show, although Bonnie stipulates that music from Kenneth's concerto must be withdrawn from the show if Kavosky likes it. Meanwhile, Hofer, a former violinist with Kavosky's orchestra, persuades the maestro to hear Kenneth play, which Kavosky reluctantly does to get rid of Hofer. Hofer then lies to Kenneth, telling him that Kavosky wants to perform his concerto at Carnegie Hall, and that they should begin the orchestrations immediately. Kenneth works hard on his music, which he withdraws from Danny's show, even though Bonnie has already written the lyrics. Danny is infuriated, especially when he sees Bonnie and Kenneth kiss, but Bonnie is thrilled by Kenneth's seeming good fortune. Unknown to Bonnie, Danny, who continues to rehearse the numbers using Kenneth's music, is aware of the situation when Hofer swindles Danny out of his life savings, which Hofer says is the down payment on the musicians' wages for the Carnegie Hall performance. Hofer disappears with the money, and Kenneth discovers his treachery after speaking to the surprised Kavosky. The heartbroken Kenneth is on his way home when he sees Hofer returning the money to Danny, who has realized that Bonnie is truly in love with Kenneth. The young composer misunderstands the situation and assumes that Danny and Bonnie were in on the swindle. While Kenneth is angrily packing, Querida questions him and learns of his misapprehension. She then gets him arrested by giving him some bootleg liquor to carry, and while Kenneth languishes in jail, Danny, Bonnie and the others step up their rehearsals and prepare to open the show. On opening night, Danny's right-hand man, Brophy, bails Kenneth out of jail, and the irate composer rushes over to the theater to confront Danny. As he watches from the audience, Kenneth is amazed to see Kavosky conduct his concerto, which has been turned into an elaborate number featuring Querida and Bonnie. Kenneth rushes backstage, where Danny reveals that Kavosky volunteered his services after learning of the swindle perpetrated by Hofer. Danny also advises Kenneth to make up with Bonnie, and after her final number, Kenneth embraces her in the wings. +

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