She Got What She Wanted (1930)

87 mins | Comedy | 1 November 1930

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HISTORY

Screen rights to George Rosener’s 1929 play, She Got What She Wanted, were first acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures, according to the 5 April 1930 issue of Inside Facts of Stage and Screen. Months later, an item in the 30 August 1930 Motion Picture News announced that Tiffany Productions, Inc. planned to make a movie adaptation of the play, directed by James Cruze. Although Cruze had recently divorced actress Betty Compson, he cast her in the lead role of “Mahyna,” as stated in the 13 September 1930 Motion Picture News. The same day’s Exhibitor Herald-World reported that, during shooting, the film would be referred to by the temporary title, Discontent.
       On 17 September 1930, Variety announced that principal photography had commenced in Hollywood, CA. Shooting ended by 2 October 1930, according to that day’s Film Daily. Some location filming took place at a railroad station, as indicated by a 1 November 1930 Exhibitiors Herald World item, which noted that a large crane used to suspend microphones off camera drew “curious crowds” of onlookers.
       A planned release date of 1 November 1930 was cited in the 27 September 1930 Harrison’s Reports. To promote the film, James Cruze agreed to a tie-in campaign with the Mennen Shaving Cream Company, according to the 30 October 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today, which noted that advertisements would “consist of a production scene of the James Cruze Tiffany picture ‘She Got What She Wanted,’ along with a short biography of Cruze and a synopsis of the story.”

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Screen rights to George Rosener’s 1929 play, She Got What She Wanted, were first acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures, according to the 5 April 1930 issue of Inside Facts of Stage and Screen. Months later, an item in the 30 August 1930 Motion Picture News announced that Tiffany Productions, Inc. planned to make a movie adaptation of the play, directed by James Cruze. Although Cruze had recently divorced actress Betty Compson, he cast her in the lead role of “Mahyna,” as stated in the 13 September 1930 Motion Picture News. The same day’s Exhibitor Herald-World reported that, during shooting, the film would be referred to by the temporary title, Discontent.
       On 17 September 1930, Variety announced that principal photography had commenced in Hollywood, CA. Shooting ended by 2 October 1930, according to that day’s Film Daily. Some location filming took place at a railroad station, as indicated by a 1 November 1930 Exhibitiors Herald World item, which noted that a large crane used to suspend microphones off camera drew “curious crowds” of onlookers.
       A planned release date of 1 November 1930 was cited in the 27 September 1930 Harrison’s Reports. To promote the film, James Cruze agreed to a tie-in campaign with the Mennen Shaving Cream Company, according to the 30 October 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today, which noted that advertisements would “consist of a production scene of the James Cruze Tiffany picture ‘She Got What She Wanted,’ along with a short biography of Cruze and a synopsis of the story.”

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
18 Sep 1930
p. 12
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
30 Oct 1930
p. 2
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
6 Nov 1930
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Exhibitors Herald-World
13 Sep 1930
p. 42
Exhibitors Herald-World
4 Oct 1930
p. 16
Exhibitors Herald-World
1 Nov 1930
p. 44
Film Daily
2 Oct 1930
p. 6
Film Daily
9 Nov 1930
---
Harrison's Reports
27 Sep 1930
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Harrison's Reports
22 Nov 1930
p. 186
Hollywood Filmograph
26 Apr 1930
p. 20
Inside Facts of Stage and Screen
5 Apr 1930
p. 5
Los Angeles Times
16 Nov 1930
p. J5
Motion Picture News
30 Aug 1930
p. 39
Motion Picture News
13 Sep 1930
p. 31
Motion Picture News
27 Sep 1930
p. 34c
New York Times
29 Dec 1930
p. 18
Variety
17 Sep 1930
p. 25
Variety
24 Dec 1930
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Variety
31 Dec 1930
p. 19
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
C. Edgar Schoenbaum
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play She Got What She Wanted by George Rosener (New York, 4 Mar 1929).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Discontent
Release Date:
1 November 1930
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: week of 16 Nov 1930
Production Date:
Sep 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
James Cruze Productions, Inc.
19 December 1930
LP1844
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mahyna, a dissatisfied Russian peasant girl, marries Boris and comes to New York in search of "the soul of love," only to become a drudge in their cheap flat. Meanwhile, Boris, a bookshop keeper, dreams of a prosperous future from the book he is writing. Their boarder, Dave, a partner in a gambling establishment, makes a play for Mahyna; she is tempted to leave with him when Eddie, a former admirer, arrives on the scene, and the two get into constant arguments over her. A year later, she is married to Dave, and it is agreed that Boris will live with them. Boris becomes well-to-do with the sale of his book and begins an affair with Olga, the Happiness Girl on the radio. A series of complications ensue, as the unreliable Eddie returns to renew his suit and Dave is involved in a murder case. Ditched by both men, Mahyna at last finds that Boris is indeed her only true ...

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Mahyna, a dissatisfied Russian peasant girl, marries Boris and comes to New York in search of "the soul of love," only to become a drudge in their cheap flat. Meanwhile, Boris, a bookshop keeper, dreams of a prosperous future from the book he is writing. Their boarder, Dave, a partner in a gambling establishment, makes a play for Mahyna; she is tempted to leave with him when Eddie, a former admirer, arrives on the scene, and the two get into constant arguments over her. A year later, she is married to Dave, and it is agreed that Boris will live with them. Boris becomes well-to-do with the sale of his book and begins an affair with Olga, the Happiness Girl on the radio. A series of complications ensue, as the unreliable Eddie returns to renew his suit and Dave is involved in a murder case. Ditched by both men, Mahyna at last finds that Boris is indeed her only true love.

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