So Goes My Love (1946)

88 or 90-91 mins | Romantic comedy | 19 April 1946

Director:

Frank Ryan

Producer:

Jack H. Skirball

Cinematographer:

Joseph Valentine

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were A Genius in the Family and The Life of Hiram Percy Maxim . The credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity in studio files located at the USC Cinema-Television Library. The following written prologue appears onscreen before the credits: "As Goes My Heart, So Goes My Love." The film was Myrna Loy's first starring role as a freelance artist following her departure from M-G-M. Bobby Driscoll was borrowed from Walt Disney for the role of "Percy." So Goes My Love was the first film that producers Jack Skirball and Bruce Manning made for Universal Pictures. The real Hiram Stevens Maxim, born in Maine in 1840, became a British citizen in 1900 and was knighted the following year in honor of his numerous inventions. These included the re-coil operated machine gun, an automatic steam-powered water pump and a mousetrap. His brother Hudson (Isaac) Maxim (1853--1927) was also an inventor and the American representative of Hiram's company. Maxim died in 1916. His son, Hiram Percy Maxim (1896-1936), wrote the autobiography upon which So Goes My Love is loosely based and continued the family tradition of inventing, developing the Maxim silencer for firearms and adapting the principle to automobile ... More Less

The working titles of this film were A Genius in the Family and The Life of Hiram Percy Maxim . The credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity in studio files located at the USC Cinema-Television Library. The following written prologue appears onscreen before the credits: "As Goes My Heart, So Goes My Love." The film was Myrna Loy's first starring role as a freelance artist following her departure from M-G-M. Bobby Driscoll was borrowed from Walt Disney for the role of "Percy." So Goes My Love was the first film that producers Jack Skirball and Bruce Manning made for Universal Pictures. The real Hiram Stevens Maxim, born in Maine in 1840, became a British citizen in 1900 and was knighted the following year in honor of his numerous inventions. These included the re-coil operated machine gun, an automatic steam-powered water pump and a mousetrap. His brother Hudson (Isaac) Maxim (1853--1927) was also an inventor and the American representative of Hiram's company. Maxim died in 1916. His son, Hiram Percy Maxim (1896-1936), wrote the autobiography upon which So Goes My Love is loosely based and continued the family tradition of inventing, developing the Maxim silencer for firearms and adapting the principle to automobile mufflers. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Mar 1946.
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Daily Variety
25 Mar 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Mar 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Oct 45
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 45
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Dec 45
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 46
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Mar 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 46
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
19 Jan 46
p. 2809.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Mar 46
p. 2917.
New York Times
2 May 46
p. 3.
Variety
27 Mar 46
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jack H. Skirball-Bruce Manning Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Dir of makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Set cont
STAND INS
Stand-in for Myrna Loy
Stand-in for Don Ameche
Stand-in for Bobby Driscoll
Stand-in for Molly Lamont
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel A Genius in the Family by Hiram Percy Maxim (New York and London, 1936).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Life of Hiram Percy Maxim
A Genius in the Family
Release Date:
19 April 1946
Production Date:
29 October--late December 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Skirball-Manning Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 March 1946
Copyright Number:
LP456
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88 or 90-91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11446
SYNOPSIS

In 1867 just outside of Boston, a pig farmer's daughter, Jane Budden, determined to get away from country life, takes the proceeds from selling the family pigs and heads south to Brooklyn to find a husband. On her way to the home of her cousin, Garnet Allison, Jane has a brief encounter with an eccentric young man, Hiram Stevens Maxim, a poor, unsuccessful inventor, who turns out to be the Allisons' next-door neighbor. Garnet invites several of the local matrons to her home to introduce Jane, who surprises and delights them by declaring her determination to marry. They are scandalized, however, when she admits she is not particular who she marries as long as the man meets her requirements of intelligence and wealth. One of the ladies, Mrs. Meade, is Hiram's landlady, and after meeting Jane, Mrs. Meade warns him about the "designing woman" who is his new neighbor. Hiram promptly visits Jane with a bouquet of flowers to inquire about her motivations for coming to Brooklyn and then informs her he is one prospect she can count out. The next day Jane and the Allisons are surprised when smoke begins billowing from Mrs. Meade's boardinghouse. The volunteer fire brigade, led by Josephus Ford, arrives but are unable to find the source of the smoke, which emanates from Hiram's latest invention, a smokeless curling iron. When Josephus finally discovers the source of the smoke and drenches Hiram with the hose, Jane looks on with approval. Some days later at a party, Jane proves quite popular with many of the local young men. While dancing with several in turn, however, Jane is ... +


In 1867 just outside of Boston, a pig farmer's daughter, Jane Budden, determined to get away from country life, takes the proceeds from selling the family pigs and heads south to Brooklyn to find a husband. On her way to the home of her cousin, Garnet Allison, Jane has a brief encounter with an eccentric young man, Hiram Stevens Maxim, a poor, unsuccessful inventor, who turns out to be the Allisons' next-door neighbor. Garnet invites several of the local matrons to her home to introduce Jane, who surprises and delights them by declaring her determination to marry. They are scandalized, however, when she admits she is not particular who she marries as long as the man meets her requirements of intelligence and wealth. One of the ladies, Mrs. Meade, is Hiram's landlady, and after meeting Jane, Mrs. Meade warns him about the "designing woman" who is his new neighbor. Hiram promptly visits Jane with a bouquet of flowers to inquire about her motivations for coming to Brooklyn and then informs her he is one prospect she can count out. The next day Jane and the Allisons are surprised when smoke begins billowing from Mrs. Meade's boardinghouse. The volunteer fire brigade, led by Josephus Ford, arrives but are unable to find the source of the smoke, which emanates from Hiram's latest invention, a smokeless curling iron. When Josephus finally discovers the source of the smoke and drenches Hiram with the hose, Jane looks on with approval. Some days later at a party, Jane proves quite popular with many of the local young men. While dancing with several in turn, however, Jane is annoyed to notice Hiram standing aside passing negative judgment on each of her potential suitors. Hiram is especially disapproving when Jane shows more than a passing interest in Josephus, who, it turns out, is a wealthy lawyer with important real estate interests. Later, as Jane's interest in Josephus grows, Hiram scoffs at her, assuring her she will never gain the attentions of so important a citizen as Josephus. Then Jane receives the newly printed invitations to her and Josephus' wedding. Hiram attends the engagement party uninvited and upsets Jane by telling her she will never be happy with Josephus. Her confidence wanes, when, to her dismay, Josephus asks her to sign a pre-wedding contract. Jane grows further discouraged after Josephus reveals how he expects his future wife to behave, but she only truly realizes her error when he announces that he has just bought a large interest in a pork packing plant. Jane excuses herself and hurries after Hiram and proposes to him. He accepts after warning her that he is poor and has nothing to offer her. She assures him she will see to it that he is successful. Jane and Hiram marry and he struggles along with several small inventions, always with support and encouragement from Jane. Soon they have a son, Percy, whom Hiram insists on rearing in a somewhat eccentric manner to build the boy's character and confidence. As Percy grows into a precocious and energetic young boy, Hiram's odd inventions begin to meet with increasing practical and financial success. The House of Science decides to honor Hiram as inventor and engineer of the times and requests that he sit for a formal portrait. Jane, now pregnant with their second child, is delighted by the family's prosperity and longs to see Hiram's countenance along side other world famous inventors of the day, but Hiram steadfastly refuses. Undeterred, Jane commissions a scatterbrained artist, Magel, to come to the house to do the portrait, but Hiram insists the portrait is a waste of time. Distracted by Hiram's obstinate attitude, Jane is accidentally knocked down by Percy as he is playing with his dog and is taken gravely ill. During a fearsome night, it appears that Jane and the new baby may die, but finally both recover. Hiram, who has been wracked with despair at the thought of losing Jane, surprises her as soon as she is well by taking her and the entire family to Magel's to sit for a family portrait. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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