It All Came True (1940)

97 mins | Comedy-drama | 6 April 1940

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Thomas Richards

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were The Roaring Nineties and And It All Came True. ...

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The working titles of this film were The Roaring Nineties and And It All Came True.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Apr 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
5 Apr 1940
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 1939
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 1939
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
3 Apr 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
3 Apr 1940
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
6 Apr 1940
p. 39
New York Times
6 Apr 1940
p. 13
Variety
10 Apr 1940
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to trmt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
Orch arr
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Better Than Life" by Louis Bromfield in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Jan 1936).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Gaucho Serenade" and "Angel in Disguise," words and music by Kim Gannon, Paul Mann, Stephen Weiss, James Cavanaugh, John Redmonds and Nat Simon.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
And It All Came True
The Roaring Nineties
Release Date:
6 April 1940
Production Date:
began 29 Nov 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
6 March 1940
LP9521
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
97
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6005
SYNOPSIS

Nora Taylor and Maggie Ryan run a boardinghouse furnished with and peopled by relics. When the bank threatens to foreclose on the mortgage unless they pay their back taxes, Nora, who lives her life through the little stories she makes up, has confidence that Maggie's daughter Sarah Jane, an aspiring singer, will become a big success and save the house. Nora's dream is shattered when the feisty Sarah appears broke, after having been fired from her sixth job in a row. With Sarah unemployed, their last hope becomes Nora's son Tommy, a struggling young composer who has been away for five years. Tommy has more trouble than he can handle, however, when his boss, gambler Chips Maguire who is wanted for the murder of a mobster, implicates Tommy in the murder and then demands that Tommy hide him at his mother's boardinghouse. Thus, Tommy returns home with Chips, whom he introduces as Mr. Grasselli, a man with a nervous condition who needs complete privacy. While cleaning Chips' room one day, Nora confides to him her latest story in which Tommy becomes a great composer and Sarah, a famous singer, and they fall in love. Later, when Sarah hears Tommy playing the composition he has written, she suggests that they team up, but Tommy, tormented by the threat of Chips turning him in for murder, rejects the idea. However, when Sarah recognizes Chips as the gambler Chips Maguire who is wanted for murder, she determines to maneuver him into providing financial backing for them. Chips offers the backing himself when, bored by his confinement, he learns that Nora and Maggie have only ...

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Nora Taylor and Maggie Ryan run a boardinghouse furnished with and peopled by relics. When the bank threatens to foreclose on the mortgage unless they pay their back taxes, Nora, who lives her life through the little stories she makes up, has confidence that Maggie's daughter Sarah Jane, an aspiring singer, will become a big success and save the house. Nora's dream is shattered when the feisty Sarah appears broke, after having been fired from her sixth job in a row. With Sarah unemployed, their last hope becomes Nora's son Tommy, a struggling young composer who has been away for five years. Tommy has more trouble than he can handle, however, when his boss, gambler Chips Maguire who is wanted for the murder of a mobster, implicates Tommy in the murder and then demands that Tommy hide him at his mother's boardinghouse. Thus, Tommy returns home with Chips, whom he introduces as Mr. Grasselli, a man with a nervous condition who needs complete privacy. While cleaning Chips' room one day, Nora confides to him her latest story in which Tommy becomes a great composer and Sarah, a famous singer, and they fall in love. Later, when Sarah hears Tommy playing the composition he has written, she suggests that they team up, but Tommy, tormented by the threat of Chips turning him in for murder, rejects the idea. However, when Sarah recognizes Chips as the gambler Chips Maguire who is wanted for murder, she determines to maneuver him into providing financial backing for them. Chips offers the backing himself when, bored by his confinement, he learns that Nora and Maggie have only twenty-four hours to pay their taxes and suggests turning the boardinghouse into a gay nineties club. On opening night, one of the boarders becomes tipsy and tips the police to Chips's whereabouts. When the officers appear to arrest him, Chips, swayed by Nora and Maggie's kindness, has a change of heart and clears Tommy by accepting the blame himself. With the success of the club, Nora's story all comes true as Tommy and Sarah achieve recognition for their talents and fall in love.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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