Thrill of a Romance (1945)

102,105 or 108 mins | Comedy-drama, Musical | July 1945

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

Harry Stradling

Editor:

George Boemler

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Thrill of a New Romance. Pre-production news items in HR indicate that Robert Z. Leonard worked on the film in the capacity of associate producer in late Jun 1944, at which time he was named to replace Richard Thorpe as director. HR noted that Thorpe was reinstated as director in mid-Jul 1944, when Leonard was hospitalized for a "minor ailment." The picture marked the screen debut of the Metroplitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior. A late Dec 1943 HR news item indicates that Kathryn Grayson was originally considered for the role played by Esther Williams, and a Jun 1944 HR news item notes that Charles Sorel was originally cast in the role played by Henry Travers. Various contemporary news items in HR list Ann Lundeen, Frank Mayo and Jack Perrin in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Some filming took place at Yosemite National Park, Lake Arrowhead and Alhambra, CA. ...

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The working title of this film was Thrill of a New Romance. Pre-production news items in HR indicate that Robert Z. Leonard worked on the film in the capacity of associate producer in late Jun 1944, at which time he was named to replace Richard Thorpe as director. HR noted that Thorpe was reinstated as director in mid-Jul 1944, when Leonard was hospitalized for a "minor ailment." The picture marked the screen debut of the Metroplitan Opera star Lauritz Melchior. A late Dec 1943 HR news item indicates that Kathryn Grayson was originally considered for the role played by Esther Williams, and a Jun 1944 HR news item notes that Charles Sorel was originally cast in the role played by Henry Travers. Various contemporary news items in HR list Ann Lundeen, Frank Mayo and Jack Perrin in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Some filming took place at Yosemite National Park, Lake Arrowhead and Alhambra, CA.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Jun 1945
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Daily Variety
23 May 1945
p. 3
Film Daily
23 May 1945
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 1943
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 1944
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 1944
p. 4, 8
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 1944
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 1944
p. 14
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 1944
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 1944
p. 12
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 1944
p. 16
Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 1944
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 1944
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 1944
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 1944
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 1944
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 1944
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 1944
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 1945
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 1945
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 1945
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 1945
p. 14
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 May 1944
p. 2465
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Dec 1944
p. 2203
New York Times
25 May 1945
p. 22
Variety
23 May 1945
p. 19
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
And introducing The Metropolitan Opera Star
and His Orchestra
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Assoc
MUSIC
Georgie Stoll
Mus adpt and dir
Orch
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte paintings
Matte paintings, cam
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
STAND INS
Esther Williams' diving double
Donald Curtis' diving double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Song of India" by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov; "Wedding March (Bridal Chorus)" from the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner; "Opus No. 1" by Sy Oliver and Sid Garris; "Battle of the Balcony Jive" by Michael Marmarosa.
SONGS
"Vesti la giubba" from the opera I pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo; "I Should Care," music by Sammy Cahn, lyrics by Axel Stordahl and Paul Weston; "Hungarian Rhapsody," music by Franz Liszt, lyrics by Earl Brent; "Serenade," music by Franz Schubert, lyrics by J. Macklyn Maskill; "Lonely Night," folk song adapted by Georgie Stoll, lyrics by Richard Connell; "Ich Liebe Dich," music and lyrics by Edvard Grieg; "Please Don't Say No," music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Ralph Freed; "Because," music and lyrics by Guy D'Hartelot and Edward Teschemacher; "Vive L'Amour," music by Georgie Stoll, lyrics by Ralph Blane and Kay Thompson; "I Want What I Want (When I Want It)," music and lyrics by Victor Herbert.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Thrill of a New Romance
Release Date:
July 1945
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 May 1945; Los Angeles opening: 2 Jul 1945
Production Date:
14 Aug--9 Oct 1944; addl scenes 28 Nov--29 Nov 1944; 14 Jan 1945
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Loew's Inc.
22 May 1945
LP13299
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
102,105 or 108
Length(in feet):
9,405
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10648
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While working at a city pool in Los Angeles, swimming instructor Cynthia Glenn catches the attention of Robert G. Delbar, a visiting businessman. Robert falls instantly in love with Cynthia and embarks on an aggressive campaign to win her affections. He begins by sending a bouquet of flowers every day to Cynthia's home, where she lives with her absentminded aunt Nona and her uncle Hobart. Robert takes Cynthia to the horse races, the ice follies and fancy restaurants until she finally succumbs to his persistence and consents to marry him. Following the wedding, Robert and Cynthia take their honeymoon in the mountains, at the Hotel Monte Blava, but Robert is forced to leave on business a short time after they arrive. Left to entertain herself at the resort, Cynthia befriends Nils Knudsen, the kindly star of the Metropolitan Opera. Nils, who is on a strict weight loss diet, dines at the hotel under the watchful eye of his sweetheart, Sarah Fenway, who is also the manager of the hotel. Cynthia also befriends Major Thomas Milvaine, a celebrated young war hero, and Maude Bancroft, the daughter of the businessman accompanying Robert to Washington. As the days pass, Cynthia teaches Thomas how to swim, while he regales her with war stories and accompanies her on mountain hikes. Meanwhile, Nils repeatedly tries to cheat on his diet, and even refuses to sing with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra unless the band leader brings him a steak. Though preoccupied by his appetite, Nils finds time to counsel Cynthia, who has fallen in love with Thomas. As the day of Robert's return approaches, Thomas and Cynthia grow increasingly frustrated that ...

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While working at a city pool in Los Angeles, swimming instructor Cynthia Glenn catches the attention of Robert G. Delbar, a visiting businessman. Robert falls instantly in love with Cynthia and embarks on an aggressive campaign to win her affections. He begins by sending a bouquet of flowers every day to Cynthia's home, where she lives with her absentminded aunt Nona and her uncle Hobart. Robert takes Cynthia to the horse races, the ice follies and fancy restaurants until she finally succumbs to his persistence and consents to marry him. Following the wedding, Robert and Cynthia take their honeymoon in the mountains, at the Hotel Monte Blava, but Robert is forced to leave on business a short time after they arrive. Left to entertain herself at the resort, Cynthia befriends Nils Knudsen, the kindly star of the Metropolitan Opera. Nils, who is on a strict weight loss diet, dines at the hotel under the watchful eye of his sweetheart, Sarah Fenway, who is also the manager of the hotel. Cynthia also befriends Major Thomas Milvaine, a celebrated young war hero, and Maude Bancroft, the daughter of the businessman accompanying Robert to Washington. As the days pass, Cynthia teaches Thomas how to swim, while he regales her with war stories and accompanies her on mountain hikes. Meanwhile, Nils repeatedly tries to cheat on his diet, and even refuses to sing with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra unless the band leader brings him a steak. Though preoccupied by his appetite, Nils finds time to counsel Cynthia, who has fallen in love with Thomas. As the day of Robert's return approaches, Thomas and Cynthia grow increasingly frustrated that their brief romance will soon end. Maude, who is also aware that Cynthia and Thomas have fallen in love, secretly arranges a week-long delay to Robert's return, but the delay makes their inevitable separation all the more painful. One afternoon, Cynthia sets out for a solitary hike in the mountains to take her mind off her heartbreak, but Thomas finds her in the woods and joins her. As night approaches, the two hikers realize that they are lost, and decide to camp in the woods overnight and try find their way back to the hotel in the morning. Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Nils is overjoyed when he meets a doctor who tells him that he can forget his diet and eat and drink just about everything he desires. When Robert returns to the hotel the following morning, he discovers that his wife did not sleep in her room the previous night, and angrily accuses Cynthia of infidelity when she returns with Thomas later in the day. Cynthia calls Robert a "stuffed shirt," and later admits that she is in love with Thomas. After agreeing to an annulment, Cynthia moves back home to be with her aunt and uncle. Nils, realizing that he must help reunite Cynthia and Thomas, arranges a romantic serenade for Cynthia outside her aunt and uncle's house. With vocal help from Nils, Thomas captivates Cynthia with a song, and the resumption of their romance is all but assured.

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