Obliging Young Lady (1942)

78 or 80 mins | Comedy | 30 January 1942

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HISTORY

According to a 1940 news item in LAT , Anne Shirley was considered for the lead in this picture and Jerry Cady was assigned to write the screenplay. An early HR production chart also credits Cady with screenplay, but his contribution was later downgraded to contributor to treatment by SAB . A HR news item notes that Edmond O'Brien replaced James Craig in the role of "Red Reddy" when Craig was reassigned to appear in the film Unexpected Uncle (see below). This picture was Ruth Warwick's first assignment under her RKO contract. Warwick had initially come to the studio to appear in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (see above). The Var review erroneously listed camerman Nicholas Musuraca as Michael ... More Less

According to a 1940 news item in LAT , Anne Shirley was considered for the lead in this picture and Jerry Cady was assigned to write the screenplay. An early HR production chart also credits Cady with screenplay, but his contribution was later downgraded to contributor to treatment by SAB . A HR news item notes that Edmond O'Brien replaced James Craig in the role of "Red Reddy" when Craig was reassigned to appear in the film Unexpected Uncle (see below). This picture was Ruth Warwick's first assignment under her RKO contract. Warwick had initially come to the studio to appear in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (see above). The Var review erroneously listed camerman Nicholas Musuraca as Michael Musuraca. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Nov 1941.
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Film Daily
5 Nov 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 May 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 41
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 41
p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
18 Sep 1940.
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Los Angeles Times
11 Jan 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Nov 41
p. 349.
New York Times
13 Feb 42
p. 24.
Variety
5 Nov 41
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
Isabelle La Mal
Mary Lawrence
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr to trmt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 January 1942
Production Date:
late June--late July 1941
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10851
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78 or 80
Length(in feet):
7,202
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7498
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Reporter "Red" Reddy mesmerizes his fellow New York- bound passengers by repeating the phrase "hy menush" to the clack of the train wheels. Red is himself mesmerized when Linda Norton boards the train, but she rejects his advances. When Linda is met at the New York station by her suitor, insurance salesman Charles Baker, Red glances at her luggage tags and jots down her name. Upon returning from vacation, Linda, a secretary to attorney Markham, goes to the office, where she learns that her boss is enmeshed in a custody suit for little Bridget Potter. Because Bridget's prominent parents are squabbling over her, the judge awards Markham custody, and he entrusts the care of the little girl to Linda. Meanwhile, Red, who has called every Linda Norton in the phone book in search of his dream woman, decides to quit his job as a reporter to write the great American novel. When fellow reporter "Space" O'Shea suggests that he retreat to the mountains to write his masterpiece, Red makes plans to visit Lake Mohawk. Linda also decides to travel to Lake Mohawk to remove Bridget from the custody battle, and Bridget meets Red on the train to the lake. When Linda and Bridget arrive at the lodge posing as sisters, Linda is appalled to discover that Red is also a lodger at the lake. Soon after their arrival, a private detective visits the lodge in search of Bridget, and the little girl tells him that Red is her father, the African explorer Professor Stanley, and Linda is her mother. After Linda reluctantly agrees to continue the ruse, Charles, who saw Red board Linda's ... +


Reporter "Red" Reddy mesmerizes his fellow New York- bound passengers by repeating the phrase "hy menush" to the clack of the train wheels. Red is himself mesmerized when Linda Norton boards the train, but she rejects his advances. When Linda is met at the New York station by her suitor, insurance salesman Charles Baker, Red glances at her luggage tags and jots down her name. Upon returning from vacation, Linda, a secretary to attorney Markham, goes to the office, where she learns that her boss is enmeshed in a custody suit for little Bridget Potter. Because Bridget's prominent parents are squabbling over her, the judge awards Markham custody, and he entrusts the care of the little girl to Linda. Meanwhile, Red, who has called every Linda Norton in the phone book in search of his dream woman, decides to quit his job as a reporter to write the great American novel. When fellow reporter "Space" O'Shea suggests that he retreat to the mountains to write his masterpiece, Red makes plans to visit Lake Mohawk. Linda also decides to travel to Lake Mohawk to remove Bridget from the custody battle, and Bridget meets Red on the train to the lake. When Linda and Bridget arrive at the lodge posing as sisters, Linda is appalled to discover that Red is also a lodger at the lake. Soon after their arrival, a private detective visits the lodge in search of Bridget, and the little girl tells him that Red is her father, the African explorer Professor Stanley, and Linda is her mother. After Linda reluctantly agrees to continue the ruse, Charles, who saw Red board Linda's train, bursts into the hotel and finds the "Stanley" family. Although Linda explains the deception to Charles, he insists upon remaining at the lake. Despite Charles' presence, Red continues romancing Linda, telling her that he is a novelist. Back in New York, Space determines to find Bridget and scoop the custody battle story. Pretending to be Linda's cousin, Space tricks Markham into revealing that Linda is at Lake Mohawk. She leaves for the lake immediately, arriving just after the Migratory Bird Club. Amid bird calls, Space tells Linda that Red is a reporter, leading her to believe that Red has been romancing her for a story. As Red tries to prevent Space from phoning in her story, Charles drives Bridget and Linda back to the city. Bridget, determined to reconcile her "parents," incites Charles to speed, and the three are arrested and taken to the courthouse, where Bridget insists that the judge call her "father", Red Stanley. After instructing the judge to detain his "wife and child," Red calls the Potters, and they all meet at the courthouse. There the Potters pretend to be a big happy family, thus quashing Space's story. Space then sets her sights on Charles, and Red and Linda marry. On their train trip to Niagara Falls, the conducter advises them to repeat the phrase "hy menush" to overcome insomnia. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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