Bring Your Smile Along (1955)

83 mins | Musical comedy | August 1955

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writer:

Blake Edwards

Producer:

Jonie Taps

Cinematographer:

Charles "Bud" Lawton

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Designer:

William Flannery

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Bring Your Smile Along marked the directorial debut of actor-writer Blake Edwards and the acting debut of Constance ... More Less

Bring Your Smile Along marked the directorial debut of actor-writer Blake Edwards and the acting debut of Constance Towers. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Jul 1955.
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Daily Variety
22 Jun 55
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Jun 55
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 55
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 55
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 55
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Jul 55
p. 498.
Variety
22 Jun 55
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus supv and cond
Mus scoring
SOUND
Rec supv
DANCE
Choreog
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"Bring Your Smile Along," words and music by Benny Davis and Carl Fischer
"If Spring Never Comes," words and music by Bill Carey and Carl Fischer
"Gandy Dancer's Ball," words and music by Paul Mason Howard and Paul Weston
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SONGS
"Bring Your Smile Along," words and music by Benny Davis and Carl Fischer
"If Spring Never Comes," words and music by Bill Carey and Carl Fischer
"Gandy Dancer's Ball," words and music by Paul Mason Howard and Paul Weston
"Don't Blame Me," words and music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
"Side by Side," words and music by Harry Woods
"When a Girl Is Beautiful" and "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy," words and music by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
"Italian Mother Song," words and music by Ned Washington and Lester Lee.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1955
Production Date:
12 January--1 February 1955
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1955
Copyright Number:
LP5140
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound Recording
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17403
SYNOPSIS

At a small New England college, music teacher Nancy Willows decides to depart mid-semester for New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter. Her fiancé, biology teacher David Parker, reluctantly agrees to Nancy's decision and promises to visit her in three months. In New York, singer Jerry Dennis and his partner, musician Martin "Marty" Adams, are fired from their engagement playing for a chorus line when Marty lashes out at another band member in frustration over the shabby show. When Jerry frets about their unemployment, Marty insists it is the motivation they need to make another attempt to sell his songs and get Jerry a recording contract. Meanwhile, Nancy moves into the apartment across from Jerry and Marty. That evening, when she hears Jerry playing one of Marty's compositions, she is inspired to write matching lyrics. The following morning Nancy slips the lyrics sheet under Marty's door with her card before departing to see publisher Mr. Jenson. When the landlady, Mrs. Kline, comes into Marty and Jerry's room to clean, she accidentally separates the card from the lyrics. Later, Jerry finds the lyrics and tries them out with Marty's tune. The men are excited about the completed song, which they call "If Spring Never Comes," and wonder who wrote the lyrics. They go to visit Jenson, but because he is seeing Nancy, they meet with his partner, who agrees to publish the song if they can learn the identity of the lyricist. The partners spend all day vainly seeking their mystery writer and arrive home dejected. Later that evening, Marty hears Nancy singing in the shower and, recognizing their song, excitedly ... +


At a small New England college, music teacher Nancy Willows decides to depart mid-semester for New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter. Her fiancé, biology teacher David Parker, reluctantly agrees to Nancy's decision and promises to visit her in three months. In New York, singer Jerry Dennis and his partner, musician Martin "Marty" Adams, are fired from their engagement playing for a chorus line when Marty lashes out at another band member in frustration over the shabby show. When Jerry frets about their unemployment, Marty insists it is the motivation they need to make another attempt to sell his songs and get Jerry a recording contract. Meanwhile, Nancy moves into the apartment across from Jerry and Marty. That evening, when she hears Jerry playing one of Marty's compositions, she is inspired to write matching lyrics. The following morning Nancy slips the lyrics sheet under Marty's door with her card before departing to see publisher Mr. Jenson. When the landlady, Mrs. Kline, comes into Marty and Jerry's room to clean, she accidentally separates the card from the lyrics. Later, Jerry finds the lyrics and tries them out with Marty's tune. The men are excited about the completed song, which they call "If Spring Never Comes," and wonder who wrote the lyrics. They go to visit Jenson, but because he is seeing Nancy, they meet with his partner, who agrees to publish the song if they can learn the identity of the lyricist. The partners spend all day vainly seeking their mystery writer and arrive home dejected. Later that evening, Marty hears Nancy singing in the shower and, recognizing their song, excitedly tries to break into her apartment, frightening Nancy. Mrs. Kline finally makes introductions, and after Nancy explains her recent arrival in New York, Marty and Jerry invite her to their favorite little Italian restaurant to discuss the possibilities of publishing their tune and working together. When they break out into an argument about whether the lyric or music comes first, Marty and Nancy try writing a song off the cuff, and before the evening is over, delight the restaurant proprietor with a song about his wife, called "Mamma Mia." The following day, Nancy, Marty and Jerry take the two tunes to Jenson, who agrees to publish the songs and gives them an advance. When Marty expresses his growing affection for Nancy, however, she tells him about her involvement with David. A short time later, as Marty and Nancy continue writing songs together, Jerry informs them that Jenson has arranged for him to record "Mamma Mia." In a few weeks, the trio has compiled several songs, recordings and two radio hits. Back in New England, David receives the news in letters from Nancy and decides to surprise her with a visit. During a night out dancing, Jerry and Jenson's secretary, Marge Stevenson, pair off and Marty decides to declare his feelings for Nancy, who feels confused and guilty over David. After David arrives, Marty grows short-tempered, and at a recording session with Jerry taping "If Spring Never Comes," starts an argument with Nancy. Concerned over Nancy's moodiness, David nevertheless asks her to return to New England with him, but she hesitates. Later that evening, Marty apologizes to Nancy for their fight, but grows angry again when she confides that David has asked her to go back with him. When Marty complains that Nancy will be breaking up a lucrative partnership, she is hurt and immediately decides to return with David to resume teaching. Before she departs, Nancy gives one last set of lyrics to Jerry to pass on to Marty. Marty refuses the lyrics, angering Jerry, and the two friends part ways. Jerry goes on to continued recording success, appearing on various television programs, while Marty searches in vain for a competent lyricist. Some months later, Jerry receives a letter from Nancy asking him to perform at the campus dance, which prompts Jerry to visit Marty and offer him Nancy's lyrics again and reveal that Nancy has broken up with David. At Nancy's college campus dance, Jerry make a surprise appearance to the delight of the students. While Jerry performs a medley of Marty and Nancy's songs, Nancy and Marty are reunited and make up. +

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

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