Do You Love Me (1946)

91 mins | Romantic comedy, Musical | May 1946

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Kitten on the Keys . Although most sources list the film's title with a "?", the title on the screen does not include a question mark. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection and the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, Bert Granet wrote a treatment for the film in Sep 1943. The picture was originally conceived for Lynn Bari, Dick Haymes, and either the Jimmy Dorsey or Benny Goodman bands, and was to mark Perry Como's film debut. It was shot in the Spring of 1945 but was extensively revised and added to after principal photography. Certain characters, including "Artemus and Burton Hilliard" and "Emerson," played by Paul Harvey, Robert Middlemass and Charles Smith respectively did not make it into the released version. In addition, studio records suggest that composer and critic Deems Taylor was to appear in the film as himself. An examination of the script for the Oct 1945 revisions reveals that the appearance of a French speaking, older gentleman, who is never explained in the film, is meant to be an older version of Katherine's fiancé, Ralph, and was played by the same actor, Richard Gaines. Edward Stevenson was borrowed from RKO to design Maureen O'Hara's wardrobe. A radio version of the film, featuring Haymes, O'Hara and Barry Sullivan, was broadcast on Lux Radio Theater on 23 Dec ... More Less

The working title of this film was Kitten on the Keys . Although most sources list the film's title with a "?", the title on the screen does not include a question mark. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection and the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, Bert Granet wrote a treatment for the film in Sep 1943. The picture was originally conceived for Lynn Bari, Dick Haymes, and either the Jimmy Dorsey or Benny Goodman bands, and was to mark Perry Como's film debut. It was shot in the Spring of 1945 but was extensively revised and added to after principal photography. Certain characters, including "Artemus and Burton Hilliard" and "Emerson," played by Paul Harvey, Robert Middlemass and Charles Smith respectively did not make it into the released version. In addition, studio records suggest that composer and critic Deems Taylor was to appear in the film as himself. An examination of the script for the Oct 1945 revisions reveals that the appearance of a French speaking, older gentleman, who is never explained in the film, is meant to be an older version of Katherine's fiancé, Ralph, and was played by the same actor, Richard Gaines. Edward Stevenson was borrowed from RKO to design Maureen O'Hara's wardrobe. A radio version of the film, featuring Haymes, O'Hara and Barry Sullivan, was broadcast on Lux Radio Theater on 23 Dec 1946. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Apr 1946.
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Daily Variety
15 Apr 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Apr 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 46
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Jun 45
p. 2499.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Apr 46
p. 2949.
New York Times
25 May 46
p. 12.
Variety
17 Apr 46
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
Addl dial
Addl dial
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc
COSTUMES
Cost worn by Miss O'Hara des by
Other cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
MUSIC
Finale of Symphony No. 4, Opus 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
excerpt from "Années de Pelerinage" by Franz Liszt
"Wedding March" by Felix Mendelssohn
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MUSIC
Finale of Symphony No. 4, Opus 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
excerpt from "Années de Pelerinage" by Franz Liszt
"Wedding March" by Felix Mendelssohn
"Wedding March (Bridal Chorus)" from the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
"I Wish I Knew" by Harry Warren
"Back Beat Boggie" by Harry James
"St. Louis Blues" by W. C. Handy.
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SONGS
"I Didn't Mean a Word I Said," music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Harold Adamson
"Moonlight Propaganda," music and lyrics by Herb Magidson and Matty Malneck
"Do You Love Me?" music and lyrics by Harry Ruby
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SONGS
"I Didn't Mean a Word I Said," music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Harold Adamson
"Moonlight Propaganda," music and lyrics by Herb Magidson and Matty Malneck
"Do You Love Me?" music and lyrics by Harry Ruby
"As If I Didn't Have Enough on My Mind," music and lyrics by Harry James, Lionel Newman and Charles Henderson
"The More I See You," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Kitten on the Keys
Release Date:
May 1946
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 17 May 1946
Production Date:
17 April--22 June 1945
addl scenes 9 October--11 November 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 May 1946
Copyright Number:
LP406
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
8,030
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10938
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mousy, staid Katherine Hilliard is dean of the Hilliard School of Music which was founded by her ancestors one hundred and seventy years before. After the school's current Board of Trustees declare themselves pleased with Katherine's work, she tells the Board that after the annual Spring Festival, she and school treasurer Ralph Wainwright plan to be married. Katherine then leaves for New York to consult with Dr. Herbert Benham, a composer and critic, who is to be guest conductor at the Festival. On the crowded train into New York, Katherine is forced to stand in the vestibule of a car reserved for Barry Clayton's band, and he invites her in. Barry and the band attempt to entertain her with a swing number but, much to Barry's chagrin, she announces that she doesn't like it, prompting Barry to declare that she has "ice water in her veins." In New York Katherine meets Herbert at his office, but is still confused by her encounter with Barry and wonders if she is indeed a "cold fish." Herbert suggests that she remove her glasses and let her hair down. She is pleased with that "look" and goes on a shopping spree to buy more fashionable clothes. After a new, elegant Katherine emerges, she takes a cab to El Sudan, the nightclub where Barry is appearing. When the driver tells her she cannot be admitted without an escort, Katherine approaches a total stranger, well-dressed Jimmy Hale, and invites him to join her for dinner. In the cab she tells him she thinks swing musicians are crude exhibitionists, with Barry heading the list, and "crooners" not far behind. From the bandstand in the club, Barry ... +


Mousy, staid Katherine Hilliard is dean of the Hilliard School of Music which was founded by her ancestors one hundred and seventy years before. After the school's current Board of Trustees declare themselves pleased with Katherine's work, she tells the Board that after the annual Spring Festival, she and school treasurer Ralph Wainwright plan to be married. Katherine then leaves for New York to consult with Dr. Herbert Benham, a composer and critic, who is to be guest conductor at the Festival. On the crowded train into New York, Katherine is forced to stand in the vestibule of a car reserved for Barry Clayton's band, and he invites her in. Barry and the band attempt to entertain her with a swing number but, much to Barry's chagrin, she announces that she doesn't like it, prompting Barry to declare that she has "ice water in her veins." In New York Katherine meets Herbert at his office, but is still confused by her encounter with Barry and wonders if she is indeed a "cold fish." Herbert suggests that she remove her glasses and let her hair down. She is pleased with that "look" and goes on a shopping spree to buy more fashionable clothes. After a new, elegant Katherine emerges, she takes a cab to El Sudan, the nightclub where Barry is appearing. When the driver tells her she cannot be admitted without an escort, Katherine approaches a total stranger, well-dressed Jimmy Hale, and invites him to join her for dinner. In the cab she tells him she thinks swing musicians are crude exhibitionists, with Barry heading the list, and "crooners" not far behind. From the bandstand in the club, Barry introduces Jimmy, "the crown prince of crooners" and persuades him to do a song. While Jimmy sings, Barry introduces himself to Katherine, whom he does not recognize, telling her that she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. When she puts on her glasses and reminds him about a certain train ride, he is flabbergasted, but Katherine thanks him for forcing her to change her appearance. A few moments later, Katherine spots a distinguished-looking, French speaking, older gentleman entering, and tells Jimmy she must leave. In the cab to her hotel, Jimmy reveals that he and Barry have often been rivals for the same girl. The next morning, Jimmy sends Katherine flowers and invites her to lunch, and although she tells him that she is engaged, he arranges to meet her at Benham's office. Herbert is stunned by the "new" Katherine. Jimmy, who knows Herbert, calls with a change of plan and asks Katherine to meet him at Mindy's restaurant. Barry and his sidekick, Dilly, are also there, and Dilly tells columnist Earl Williams about Barry's interest in Katherine. When the same distinguished gentleman who was at El Sudan comes into Mindy's, Katherine skips out once more. Barry then tells Jimmy that he is really in love with Katherine. Later, Katherine tries to write to Ralph, but her mind wanders and she decides to go out. She finds Jimmy waiting for her, and they go for a romantic walk in a park. The next day, four bellboys arrive at Katherine's room with flowers from Barry. In the meantime, Ralph has called Herbert to find out what has happened to Katherine and Herbert covers for her. Later, Katherine tells Herbert that she is in love with Jimmy. After more gifts arrive from Barry, he phones Katherine and she agrees to meet him, intending to tell him she is going to marry Jimmy. At her hotel, Katherine finds a telegram from Ralph saying that he will be arriving momentarily. When Barry shows up with room service and dinner, plus an engagement ring en route from Cartier's, Katherine begs him to leave before Ralph arrives and promises to meet him later at a jam session. Herbert tries to help her by telling Ralph that she is in love with another man and Ralph, assuming Herbert is the other man, socks him and leaves. Later, Katherine asks Jimmy to take her to the jam session where Williams utters a cryptic apology to Jimmy. Jimmy then finds a copy of Williams' column, which suggests that Katherine has been using Jimmy to get to Barry. She denies Williams' charge, but when Barry shows up and announces their engagement, Jimmy is totally disillusioned. After Jimmy socks him, Williams suddenly realizes Katherine's connection with the Hilliard School and writes an article, with accompanying photo, about her "goings-on." This scandalizes the school's trustees and Katherine is removed as dean with a final decision about her future to be made after the Festival. Barry, Jimmy and Herbert team up to try to save Katherine's job and reputation. At the Festival, Herbert conducts a spirited version of a classical work, then introduces a classic in the swing tradition, played and conducted by Barry. Jimmy closes the concert with a popular song. The concert is a big success and the trustees are convinced Katherine has done no wrong. After the concert, Barry and Jimmy go to Katherine's office where Jimmy waits outside while Katherine reveals her feelings to Barry. A dejected Barry emerges, socks Jimmy and tells Dilly that he is through with women. However, Dilly introduces him to an ardent fan who is waiting for him in a cab, and Barry is thrilled when the fan turns out to be Betty Grable. Jimmy then surprises Katherine in her office and they embrace. +

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