Career Girl (1944)

66-67 mins | Drama | 11 January 1944

Director:

Wallace W. Fox

Writer:

Sam Neuman

Producer:

Jack Schwarz

Cinematographer:

Gus Peterson

Editor:

Robert Crandall

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Jack Schwarz Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Manhattan Rhythm ... More Less

The working title of this film was Manhattan Rhythm . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Dec 1943.
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Daily Variety
9 Dec 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Dec 43
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 43
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Nov 43
p. 1634.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Dec 43
p. 1674.
Variety
8 Mar 43
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Master of prop
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"That's How the Rhumba Began" and "Some Day," words and music by Morey Amsterdam and Tony Romano
"Blue in Love Again" and "A Dream Came True," words and music by Sam Neuman and Michael Breen.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Manhattan Rhythm
Release Date:
11 January 1944
Production Date:
late October--early November 1943
Copyright Claimant:
PRC Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 January 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12426
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66-67
Length(in feet):
6,086
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9335
SYNOPSIS

As her bank account shrinks after weeks of unsuccessfully searching for a theatrical engagement on Broadway, talented singer Joan Terry takes lodgings at Barton Hall, a modest theatrical hotel for women. There she meets a group of women all eagerly trying to start theatrical careers: Thelma Mason, a Brooklyn burlesque queen with a phony regal air; Sue Collins, a sweet, naïve stage-struck girl who lacks talent; and Glenda Benton, an advice columnist. Joan is engaged to James Blake, a smug young executive living in her home town, Kansas City, who is urging her to give up her theatrical career and return home to marry him. One day, Joan meets Steve Dexter, a handsome playboy, and spends a delightful evening with him before he leaves for the coast on business. After Steve departs, Joan realizes that she has fallen in love with him. After three months of struggling to find a job, Joan's bank account is depleted and she is resigned to return to Kansas City and marry James. Before Joan leaves, Glenda gives a party at the hotel, which Steve attends. Impressed by Joan's beautiful voice, the girls, led by Glenda, devise a plan to back her. Inspired by a suggestion from Pop, the kindly hotel proprietor, they create a company called "Talent Inc." designed to promote Joan. After Glenda reads a script that Sue has secured, she realizes that it is the perfect vehicle for Joan. Glenda convinces Felix Black, the low-budget producer who owns the script as well as a second-rate theater, that "Talent Inc." can stage a smash hit starring Joan with very little investment. Meanwhile, Steve has ... +


As her bank account shrinks after weeks of unsuccessfully searching for a theatrical engagement on Broadway, talented singer Joan Terry takes lodgings at Barton Hall, a modest theatrical hotel for women. There she meets a group of women all eagerly trying to start theatrical careers: Thelma Mason, a Brooklyn burlesque queen with a phony regal air; Sue Collins, a sweet, naïve stage-struck girl who lacks talent; and Glenda Benton, an advice columnist. Joan is engaged to James Blake, a smug young executive living in her home town, Kansas City, who is urging her to give up her theatrical career and return home to marry him. One day, Joan meets Steve Dexter, a handsome playboy, and spends a delightful evening with him before he leaves for the coast on business. After Steve departs, Joan realizes that she has fallen in love with him. After three months of struggling to find a job, Joan's bank account is depleted and she is resigned to return to Kansas City and marry James. Before Joan leaves, Glenda gives a party at the hotel, which Steve attends. Impressed by Joan's beautiful voice, the girls, led by Glenda, devise a plan to back her. Inspired by a suggestion from Pop, the kindly hotel proprietor, they create a company called "Talent Inc." designed to promote Joan. After Glenda reads a script that Sue has secured, she realizes that it is the perfect vehicle for Joan. Glenda convinces Felix Black, the low-budget producer who owns the script as well as a second-rate theater, that "Talent Inc." can stage a smash hit starring Joan with very little investment. Meanwhile, Steve has finally realized that he has fallen in love with Joan. After watching a final rehearsal, Steve recognizes that the girls have a hit show and tells James. James then offers to buy the show from Black, planning to shut it down and force Joan to return to Kansas City with him. James is about to close the show when Sue is involved in a fatal accident. As James and the girls gather around her bedside, she discloses her hopes for Joan's career and the future of the show. Touched by Sue's words, James has a change of heart and promises to produce the show. On opening night, James, Glenda and Steve watch Joan triumph on stage. Finally realizing that Joan is in love with Steve, James leaves her to Broadway and returns home to Kansas City. +

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

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