Made for Each Other (1939)

85 or 94 mins | Drama | 10 February 1939

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HISTORY

According to an article in Life, the serum flying sequence in this film was based on an actual incident in which producer David O. Selznick attempted to have serum flown from New York for his critically ill brother Myron, who had pneumonia. A news item in HCN reports that Edmund E. Fellegi, a special effects technician, plunged to his death from a forty foot catwalk from which he was releasing balloons for the New Year's Eve party scenes in this picture. Oscar Levant, in his autobiographical writings, states that he gave Selznick some musical material for this film. In Feb 1940, Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray appeared in a Lux Radio Theatre version of this story, and in Dec 1945, James Stewart and Marsha Hunt appeared in another Lux Radio Theatre version. ...

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According to an article in Life, the serum flying sequence in this film was based on an actual incident in which producer David O. Selznick attempted to have serum flown from New York for his critically ill brother Myron, who had pneumonia. A news item in HCN reports that Edmund E. Fellegi, a special effects technician, plunged to his death from a forty foot catwalk from which he was releasing balloons for the New Year's Eve party scenes in this picture. Oscar Levant, in his autobiographical writings, states that he gave Selznick some musical material for this film. In Feb 1940, Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray appeared in a Lux Radio Theatre version of this story, and in Dec 1945, James Stewart and Marsha Hunt appeared in another Lux Radio Theatre version.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Feb 1939
p. 3
Film Daily
6 Feb 1939
p. 7
Hollywood Citizen-News
3-Oct-38
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 1938
pp. 8-9
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 1939
p. 3
Life
18 Dec 1939
p. 83
Motion Picture Daily
7 Feb 1939
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
24 Dec 1938
p. 36
Motion Picture Herald
4 Feb 1939
p. 56
New York Times
17 Feb 1939
p. 17
Variety
1 Feb 1939
p. .13
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Olin Howland
Monte Collins
Robert Emmett O'Connor
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Contr to humorous situations
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 17 Feb 1939
Production Date:
late Aug--late Oct 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Selznick International Pictures, Inc.
23 February 1939
LP8663
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 94
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4846
SYNOPSIS

Young New York attorney John Mason marries Jane after a brief courtship, incurring the displeasure of his boss, Judge Doolittle, who had hoped that John would marry his daughter Eunice. John's mother, Mrs. Mason, also disapproves of the match, for she had wanted her son to marry the boss's daughter. After their honeymoon is preempted by a court case, the newlyweds move into their new apartment and invite John's overly critical mother to live with them. Although voted the most likely to succeed in his law class, John soon finds his promise dimming as he is unfairly passed over for a partnership in Doolittle's law firm. When baby John is born, financial pressure builds, and Jane pushes for her husband to ask for a raise, but before he can make his plea, the judge bulldozes him into accepting a twenty-five percent pay cut. As bills mount, Jane is forced to look for work and let their maid Lily go, causing more strain between her and her mother-in-law over domestic chores. Tensions in the Mason household increase, causing an estrangement between John and Jane. On New Year's Eve, the Masons reach their nadir. While Jane and John attend a party at a night club, they decide to separate. When Jane sadly calls home to talk to her mother-in-law about the baby, who has had a slight cold, she learns that the child has fallen critically ill. When they take the baby to the hospital, they are told that the baby has almost no chance to live if it does not receive a special serum. Because local suppplies are low, the only place where the ...

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Young New York attorney John Mason marries Jane after a brief courtship, incurring the displeasure of his boss, Judge Doolittle, who had hoped that John would marry his daughter Eunice. John's mother, Mrs. Mason, also disapproves of the match, for she had wanted her son to marry the boss's daughter. After their honeymoon is preempted by a court case, the newlyweds move into their new apartment and invite John's overly critical mother to live with them. Although voted the most likely to succeed in his law class, John soon finds his promise dimming as he is unfairly passed over for a partnership in Doolittle's law firm. When baby John is born, financial pressure builds, and Jane pushes for her husband to ask for a raise, but before he can make his plea, the judge bulldozes him into accepting a twenty-five percent pay cut. As bills mount, Jane is forced to look for work and let their maid Lily go, causing more strain between her and her mother-in-law over domestic chores. Tensions in the Mason household increase, causing an estrangement between John and Jane. On New Year's Eve, the Masons reach their nadir. While Jane and John attend a party at a night club, they decide to separate. When Jane sadly calls home to talk to her mother-in-law about the baby, who has had a slight cold, she learns that the child has fallen critically ill. When they take the baby to the hospital, they are told that the baby has almost no chance to live if it does not receive a special serum. Because local suppplies are low, the only place where the doctors can locate the serum is in Salt Lake City, which is snowed in by a blizzard. Desperate, John turns to Judge Doolittle who is touched by John's plight and offers the five thousand dollars demanded by the pilot, Conway, to deliver the medicine. As news of the mercy flight reaches the radio and newspapers, thousands of people await the arrival of the serum. The storm is so severe that Conway has to parachute out of his plane before it crashes. Though his leg is broken, Conway makes it to a farm house and the serum is transported to New York just in time to save the baby. Some time later, John is made partner and John, Jr. delights Judge Doolittle and the other partners with his first word.

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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