Joy of Living (1938)

85 or 90 mins | Comedy | 6 May 1938

Director:

Tay Garnett

Producer:

Felix Young

Cinematographer:

Joseph Walker

Editor:

Jack Hively

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Joy of Loving . According to an Oct 1937 HR news item, John Barrymore was "set" for the lead in the production. ... More Less

The working title of this film was Joy of Loving . According to an Oct 1937 HR news item, John Barrymore was "set" for the lead in the production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Mar 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Mar 38
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 37
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 38
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 38
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 38
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Feb 38
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Mar 38
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jan 38
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Mar 38
p. 39.
New York Times
6 May 38
p. 27.
Variety
23 Mar 38
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Tay Garnett Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Supv dance novelty routines
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
SONGS
"Just Let Me Look at You," "You Couldn't Be Cuter," "What's Good About Goodnight?" and "A Heavenly Party," music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Dorothy Fields.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Joy of Loving
Release Date:
6 May 1938
Production Date:
6 December 1937--8 February 1938
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 April 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7921
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 90
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3976
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On opening night of her new show, Broadway musical star Maggie Garret is rescued from a horde of autograph seekers by wealthy Boston shipowner Dan Brewster, who adores her "angelic" performances but loathes her parasitic family. Unappreciative of Dan's efforts, Maggie has him arrested for mashing but, in court, reluctantly agrees to serve as his probation officer. Although she is strongly attracted to Dan, his accurate but stinging appraisals of her family, whose spending habits force her into a killing work schedule and near bankruptcy, infuriates her. Determined to win her heart, however, Dan convinces her to spend a "cheap" evening with him at various night spots, including a German beer hall and a skating rink. Drunk and happy, Dan and Maggie return to the Garret home, where Dan's presence causes the family to protest in panic. After Dan accuses Maggie's parents, sister Salina and brother-in-law Bert of being leeches, the ever loyal Maggie throws him out. When she learns that he is about to set sail, however, Maggie catches him at the dock and proposes. Once married, the couple realize that they have different ideas on how to spend their lives together, and Dan, who wants Maggie to leave her family and career, demands an annulment. Despondent, Maggie returns to her family but, after being subjected to their excessive whining about her sudden marriage, finally sees the depth of their selfish dependency. Chasing after Dan in the rain, Maggie gleefully announces that she is ready to sail with him to his South Sea island, ... +


On opening night of her new show, Broadway musical star Maggie Garret is rescued from a horde of autograph seekers by wealthy Boston shipowner Dan Brewster, who adores her "angelic" performances but loathes her parasitic family. Unappreciative of Dan's efforts, Maggie has him arrested for mashing but, in court, reluctantly agrees to serve as his probation officer. Although she is strongly attracted to Dan, his accurate but stinging appraisals of her family, whose spending habits force her into a killing work schedule and near bankruptcy, infuriates her. Determined to win her heart, however, Dan convinces her to spend a "cheap" evening with him at various night spots, including a German beer hall and a skating rink. Drunk and happy, Dan and Maggie return to the Garret home, where Dan's presence causes the family to protest in panic. After Dan accuses Maggie's parents, sister Salina and brother-in-law Bert of being leeches, the ever loyal Maggie throws him out. When she learns that he is about to set sail, however, Maggie catches him at the dock and proposes. Once married, the couple realize that they have different ideas on how to spend their lives together, and Dan, who wants Maggie to leave her family and career, demands an annulment. Despondent, Maggie returns to her family but, after being subjected to their excessive whining about her sudden marriage, finally sees the depth of their selfish dependency. Chasing after Dan in the rain, Maggie gleefully announces that she is ready to sail with him to his South Sea island, "Paradise." +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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