It's Tough to Be Famous (1932)

79-81 mins | Comedy-drama | 2 April 1932

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

Robert Lord

Cinematographers:

Byron Hartley, Sol Polito

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's pre-release title was Tough to Be Famous . The song "Scotty Boy" was sung by Clarence Nordstrom, who was a musical comedy juvenile on ... More Less

The film's pre-release title was Tough to Be Famous . The song "Scotty Boy" was sung by Clarence Nordstrom, who was a musical comedy juvenile on Broadway. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 Apr 32
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 32
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 May 32
p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Apr 32
pp. 38-39.
New York Times
9 Apr 32
p. 18.
Variety
12 Apr 1932.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Goldfish Bowl by Mary McCall, Jr. (Boston, 1932)
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Scotty Boy," words and music by Sam A. Perry.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Tough to be Famous
Release Date:
2 April 1932
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 March 1932
Copyright Number:
LP2934
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79-81
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Scotty McClenahan, captain of a damaged submarine, helps all his men escape but stays behind himself. At the last minute, rescue divers reach the ship and save him. The press hounds the new hero. He receives a ticker tape parade, and acquires a manager and a speech writer. Someone even writes a song, "Scotty Boy," about him. Tired of all the fuss, Scotty escapes from a party to visit his girl, Janet Porter. After a reporter sees him leave at three in the morning, Scotty announces his engagement. They have a happy carefree honeymoon, and then Scotty starts his job at the S. J. Boynton Gyroscope Co. He is eager to work, but it seems that he is only getting his high salary for the publicity value of his name. Scotty hates public life, so when he comes home after a speaking tour to see an interview with Janet announced on the cover of a magazine, he feels betrayed. They quarrel, and Janet leaves home. At the office, Boynton is upset about a new hero, Ole Olafson, who has been hired by a competitor, Atlas Gyroscope. Boynton wants Scotty to head an expedition up the Amazon in the repaired submarine to draw public attention back to him, but Scotty quits his job instead. Having taken this step, Scotty tries to reconcile with Janet. She suggests they try living with their parents and dating as they used to do. Reluctantly, he agrees, but finally presses her for a decision, and when she hesitates, he decides to go on the submarine expedition after all. Just ... +


Scotty McClenahan, captain of a damaged submarine, helps all his men escape but stays behind himself. At the last minute, rescue divers reach the ship and save him. The press hounds the new hero. He receives a ticker tape parade, and acquires a manager and a speech writer. Someone even writes a song, "Scotty Boy," about him. Tired of all the fuss, Scotty escapes from a party to visit his girl, Janet Porter. After a reporter sees him leave at three in the morning, Scotty announces his engagement. They have a happy carefree honeymoon, and then Scotty starts his job at the S. J. Boynton Gyroscope Co. He is eager to work, but it seems that he is only getting his high salary for the publicity value of his name. Scotty hates public life, so when he comes home after a speaking tour to see an interview with Janet announced on the cover of a magazine, he feels betrayed. They quarrel, and Janet leaves home. At the office, Boynton is upset about a new hero, Ole Olafson, who has been hired by a competitor, Atlas Gyroscope. Boynton wants Scotty to head an expedition up the Amazon in the repaired submarine to draw public attention back to him, but Scotty quits his job instead. Having taken this step, Scotty tries to reconcile with Janet. She suggests they try living with their parents and dating as they used to do. Reluctantly, he agrees, but finally presses her for a decision, and when she hesitates, he decides to go on the submarine expedition after all. Just as he leaves the house, Janet calls to tell Scotty she loves him. Together they leave for New York, and when a car stalls on the railroad tracks in front of them, Scotty pushes it over in a nick of time. Afraid of being a hero again, he then drives away as fast as he can. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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