No, No Nanette (1940)

96 mins | Comedy-drama | 20 December 1940

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writer:

Ken Englund

Producer:

Herbert Wilcox

Cinematographer:

Russell Metty

Editor:

Elmo Williams

Production Designer:

J. P. Williams
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HISTORY

The stage musical ran in Chicago a year before opening in New York. According to an article in LAEx, M-G-M considered buying the rights to the show for Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. A news item in HR adds that Kent Taylor was originally set for the lead opposite Anna Neagle. In 1930, First National produced a film based on the show directed by Clarence Badger and starring Bernice Claire and Alexander Grey. In 1970, Ruby Keeler starred in a Broadway revival of the musical. ...

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The stage musical ran in Chicago a year before opening in New York. According to an article in LAEx, M-G-M considered buying the rights to the show for Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. A news item in HR adds that Kent Taylor was originally set for the lead opposite Anna Neagle. In 1930, First National produced a film based on the show directed by Clarence Badger and starring Bernice Claire and Alexander Grey. In 1970, Ruby Keeler starred in a Broadway revival of the musical.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
Corporate note credit:
General (mod):
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Dec 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
20 Dec 1940
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 1940
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 1940
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 1940
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 1940
p. 4
Los Angeles Examiner
20 May 1940
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Motion Picture Daily
20 Dec 1940
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
28 Dec 1940
p. 39
New York Times
20 Dec 1940
p. 33
Variety
25 Dec 1940
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Herbert Wilcox Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Miss Neagle's portraits
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Vernon Walker
Spec eff
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the musical No! No! Nanette by Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach, Vincent Youmans and Emil Nyitray, words and music by Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach and Vincent Youmans (New York, 16 Sep 1925).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
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SONGS
"I Want to Be Happy," "Tea for Two," "No, No Nanette," "Where Has My Hubby Gone" and "Take a Little One Step," words and music by Vincent Youmans, Otto Harbach and Irving Caesar.
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 December 1940
Premiere Information:
Philadelphia opening: 13 Dec 1940
Production Date:
began 13 Aug 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
20 December 1940
LP10231
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
96
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6608
SYNOPSIS

"Happy" Jimmy Smith of the fashionable North Shore is experiencing financial difficulties due to his tight fisted wife Susan and his philandering ways. Jimmy's latest problem is Sonya from Syracuse, who is demanding the money he promised her for her acting career. When Jimmy's old friend, theatrical producer William Trainor, announces that he is casting a new show, Jimmy's niece Nanette finagles a way to rid her uncle of Sonya. Nanette cajoles Bill into putting the would-be actress in his show, and in the process, Bill falls in love with Nanette. Next, under threat of Betty from Bridgeport, the family flees to New York, where Jimmy encounters Kitty from Kansas, to whom he has promised an artistic career. Once again pressed into the service of her uncle, Nanette calls upon artist Tom Gillespie and convinces him to teach Kitty the art trade and Tom, like Bill, also falls in love with Nanette. Jimmy is relieved until Betty from Bridgeport appears and demands five thousand dollars. To raise the money, Nanette sells the portrait that Tom has painted of her to a cigarette company, an act which angers and disappoints Tom, who had planned to exhibit his masterpiece in art galleries and thus break out of the commercial art market. On the rebound, Nanette goes out with Bill, who convinces her to meet him at the airport that night so they can elope to Nevada. Meanwhile, Susan, who has discovered her husband's extracurricular activities, also boards the plane bound for Nevada and a divorce, and Jimmy, headed for the Virgin Islands, books passage on the same flight. All ends happily when, as ...

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"Happy" Jimmy Smith of the fashionable North Shore is experiencing financial difficulties due to his tight fisted wife Susan and his philandering ways. Jimmy's latest problem is Sonya from Syracuse, who is demanding the money he promised her for her acting career. When Jimmy's old friend, theatrical producer William Trainor, announces that he is casting a new show, Jimmy's niece Nanette finagles a way to rid her uncle of Sonya. Nanette cajoles Bill into putting the would-be actress in his show, and in the process, Bill falls in love with Nanette. Next, under threat of Betty from Bridgeport, the family flees to New York, where Jimmy encounters Kitty from Kansas, to whom he has promised an artistic career. Once again pressed into the service of her uncle, Nanette calls upon artist Tom Gillespie and convinces him to teach Kitty the art trade and Tom, like Bill, also falls in love with Nanette. Jimmy is relieved until Betty from Bridgeport appears and demands five thousand dollars. To raise the money, Nanette sells the portrait that Tom has painted of her to a cigarette company, an act which angers and disappoints Tom, who had planned to exhibit his masterpiece in art galleries and thus break out of the commercial art market. On the rebound, Nanette goes out with Bill, who convinces her to meet him at the airport that night so they can elope to Nevada. Meanwhile, Susan, who has discovered her husband's extracurricular activities, also boards the plane bound for Nevada and a divorce, and Jimmy, headed for the Virgin Islands, books passage on the same flight. All ends happily when, as the plane is airbound, Jimmy and Susan tearfully reconcile and Nanette discovers that Bill has brought Tom aboard to marry her.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

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

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