Champagne Charlie (1936)

58-60 mins | Drama | 8 May 1936

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HISTORY

According to a HR news item, retakes on this film were shot sporadically over a period of six months due to the unavailability at various times of cast members Herbert Mundin, Minna Gombell and Noel Madison. MPH commented that the film "parallels the actual life experiences of an American million dollar princess whose marital affairs made sensational news material and the tragedy that was the aftermath of one of them made international front page headlines." No information has been located to determine the identity of the ... More Less

According to a HR news item, retakes on this film were shot sporadically over a period of six months due to the unavailability at various times of cast members Herbert Mundin, Minna Gombell and Noel Madison. MPH commented that the film "parallels the actual life experiences of an American million dollar princess whose marital affairs made sensational news material and the tragedy that was the aftermath of one of them made international front page headlines." No information has been located to determine the identity of the "princess." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Oct 35
p. 1.
Daily Variety
21 May 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 May 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 35
p. 2, 11
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 35
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
28 Apr 36
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Dec 35
p. 51.
New York Times
7 May 36
p. 21.
Variety
13 May 36
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
STAND INS
Stunt knife-thrower
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 May 1936
Production Date:
21 October--early November 1935
sporatic retakes over six month period
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 May 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6472
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58-60
Length(in feet):
5,300
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1779
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On an ocean liner leaving New York for Paris, heiress Linda Hollingsworth, who is on a double honeymoon with her husband Tod and her friend Lillian and Lillian's fourth husband, recognizes one of the bartenders, Mr. Fipps, who used to be the valet to the deceased Champagne Charlie. When she, Lillian and Fipps drink a toast to Charlie, Tod is uncomfortable. After the newlyweds leave the bar, Fipps recognizes a rough-looking patron, Pedro Gorini. Following a phone call from Gorini to Linda, which interrupts a passionate embrace from Tod, who thinks she still carries a torch for Charlie, Linda agrees to Gorini's demand that unless she come to his cabin, he will expose her past to the newspapers. While Gorini, still on the phone with Linda, demands money which, he says, she and Charlie cost him a year ago, Fipps enters, and later, when Linda arrives, she sees Fipps and Gorini struggling. Subsequently, Fipps confesses to the captain of the ship that he killed Gorini; however, Linda denies this and tells the captain the story of her involvement with Champagne Charlie: One year earlier, Linda, a spoiled heiress who loves to gamble and is engaged to Tod, her childhood sweetheart, meets Charlie Cortland while playing roulette in Monte Carlo with Lillian. Charlie, a gambler whose passion is champagne and whose air of European elegance and nonchalance greatly appeals to Linda, has lost $200,000 belonging to his backers, Gorini and Ivan Suchine, over the past year. When Suchine reads that Linda has a million dollar dowry, he convinces Charlie to marry her so that they could split the dowry and says he would then tear up Charlie's ... +


On an ocean liner leaving New York for Paris, heiress Linda Hollingsworth, who is on a double honeymoon with her husband Tod and her friend Lillian and Lillian's fourth husband, recognizes one of the bartenders, Mr. Fipps, who used to be the valet to the deceased Champagne Charlie. When she, Lillian and Fipps drink a toast to Charlie, Tod is uncomfortable. After the newlyweds leave the bar, Fipps recognizes a rough-looking patron, Pedro Gorini. Following a phone call from Gorini to Linda, which interrupts a passionate embrace from Tod, who thinks she still carries a torch for Charlie, Linda agrees to Gorini's demand that unless she come to his cabin, he will expose her past to the newspapers. While Gorini, still on the phone with Linda, demands money which, he says, she and Charlie cost him a year ago, Fipps enters, and later, when Linda arrives, she sees Fipps and Gorini struggling. Subsequently, Fipps confesses to the captain of the ship that he killed Gorini; however, Linda denies this and tells the captain the story of her involvement with Champagne Charlie: One year earlier, Linda, a spoiled heiress who loves to gamble and is engaged to Tod, her childhood sweetheart, meets Charlie Cortland while playing roulette in Monte Carlo with Lillian. Charlie, a gambler whose passion is champagne and whose air of European elegance and nonchalance greatly appeals to Linda, has lost $200,000 belonging to his backers, Gorini and Ivan Suchine, over the past year. When Suchine reads that Linda has a million dollar dowry, he convinces Charlie to marry her so that they could split the dowry and says he would then tear up Charlie's IOUs. Linda, who is upset at Tod's constant nagging concerning her gambling, falls in love with Charlie as they travel throughout Europe together in the next few weeks. When she tells Charlie that she must return to New York to attend a board of directors' meeting, he proposes, and they plan to be wed in the same room in which her mother was married. In New York, Tod, jealous and drunk, accosts Charlie. Charlie easily knocks Tod out and then brings him to his hotel, where Tod becomes convinced that Charlie really loves Linda. That night, at a symphony, Charlie recognizes a medallion cross on a necklace Linda wears, which belonged to her mother. After the concert, Linda reveals that she really is the daughter of a broken-down Russian refugee. Her mother died soon after her birth, she says, and to save her from scandal after her father became involved with a married woman, her great aunt adopted her and gave her her name of Craig. Deciding not to disgrace Linda, Charlie plans to leave and tells Gorini and Suchine that he and Linda are going to elope to Connecticut to marry. When Linda's entrance interrupts their conversation and Gorini and Suchine see that the elopement plans are a surprise, albeit pleasant, to Linda, their suspicions are aroused and they demand to follow Charlie and Linda's car to be witnesses at the wedding. During the ride, Charlie confesses the scheme to Linda, who does not believe him. When the other car is out of sight, Charlie slows down and pushes Linda out. Gorini then throws his knife at Charlie, and Charlie's convertible crashes killing him. As Linda concludes her story to the captain, she says that after Charlie's death, she learned that before her parents' marriage, Charlie had been secretly engaged to her mother, but that her mother's parents made her marry her father, a Russian prince. Charlie, who after the marriage served in the Foreign Legion during World War I, later built up his reputation as Champagne Charlie. When he learned Linda was the daughter of the woman he once loved, he could not go through with the scheme. Linda's feeling is that Charlie crashed the car on purpose. After Linda relates that Gorini fell on his own knife while he struggled with Fipps, the captain decides to call the death an accident and orders champagne for himself, Linda and Fipps. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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