It's Love I'm After (1937)

87 mins | Romantic comedy | 20 November 1937

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writer:

Casey Robinson

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was A Gentleman After Midnight ... More Less

The film's working title was A Gentleman After Midnight . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30 Jul 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Jul 37
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
29 May 37
pp. 41-42.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Jul 37
pp. 39-40.
New York Times
11 Nov 37
p. 31.
Variety
21 Jul 37
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Contr to dial
Contr to trmt
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Gentleman After Midnight
Release Date:
20 November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 November 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7554
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3297
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Battling Shakespearean actors Basil Underwood and Joyce Arden perform the death scene from Romeo and Juliet , sniping at each other sotto voce between the lines. In spite of their conflicts, they really are in love and plan to marry that evening. Their plans change, however, when Marcia West, a member of the audience, visits Basil backstage to tell him he is her ideal man. Her distraught fiancé, Henry Grant, begs Basil to attend a house party and act caddishly to Marcia so she will fall out of love with him. Basil agrees, but Joyce, her marriage postponed for the twelfth time, is angry and suspicious. At the house party, Basil's efforts to make Marcia hate him backfire, and he starts to enjoy her attentions. Joyce arrives unexpectedly at the party and catches Basil and Marcia in a romantic moment, even though Digges, Basil's valet, has tried to warn the couple with a series of bird imitations. For revenge, Joyce introduces herself as Basil's wife, but when even this fails to discourage Marcia, she agrees to give Basil a "divorce." Panicked by the thought of losing the only woman he loves, Basil hurries back to his hotel, only to find Marcia there ahead of him. Henry follows and, admitting his love for Marcia, offers to give her up if it will make her happy. She is touched by his gesture and finally realizing that Basil is a bore, leaves gladly with Henry. Joyce sees them in the lobby, understands that they have reconciled and happily agrees to marry Basil at ... +


Battling Shakespearean actors Basil Underwood and Joyce Arden perform the death scene from Romeo and Juliet , sniping at each other sotto voce between the lines. In spite of their conflicts, they really are in love and plan to marry that evening. Their plans change, however, when Marcia West, a member of the audience, visits Basil backstage to tell him he is her ideal man. Her distraught fiancé, Henry Grant, begs Basil to attend a house party and act caddishly to Marcia so she will fall out of love with him. Basil agrees, but Joyce, her marriage postponed for the twelfth time, is angry and suspicious. At the house party, Basil's efforts to make Marcia hate him backfire, and he starts to enjoy her attentions. Joyce arrives unexpectedly at the party and catches Basil and Marcia in a romantic moment, even though Digges, Basil's valet, has tried to warn the couple with a series of bird imitations. For revenge, Joyce introduces herself as Basil's wife, but when even this fails to discourage Marcia, she agrees to give Basil a "divorce." Panicked by the thought of losing the only woman he loves, Basil hurries back to his hotel, only to find Marcia there ahead of him. Henry follows and, admitting his love for Marcia, offers to give her up if it will make her happy. She is touched by his gesture and finally realizing that Basil is a bore, leaves gladly with Henry. Joyce sees them in the lobby, understands that they have reconciled and happily agrees to marry Basil at last. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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