Everybody Sing (1938)

80 or 91 mins | Musical comedy | 4 February 1938

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Producer:

Harry Rapf

Cinematographer:

Joseph Ruttenberg

Editor:

William S. Gray

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Pre-release titles of the film were The Ugly Duckling and Swing Fever . The writing credits for Milton Merlin, Bert Kalmer, Harry Ruby and Dalton Trumbo were tentative only according to SAB records contained in the AMPAS library file on the film, and were not recorded in the final records of SAB . The extent of Merlin's contributions to the film are unknown, however, Kalmar and Ruby's work was most likely the special lyrics used by Fanny Brice in her "Snooks" number. According to a news item in HR , Trumbo was working on "polishing" the script just prior to production. Another HR news item noted that this was Monty Woolley's first film under contract to M-G-M. Although reviews based on various previews listed a running time of 80 min., MPH release charts and MPA listed the release time as 91 min. Brice's "Snooks" number was based on the popular Broadway and radio character she portrayed, "Baby ... More Less

Pre-release titles of the film were The Ugly Duckling and Swing Fever . The writing credits for Milton Merlin, Bert Kalmer, Harry Ruby and Dalton Trumbo were tentative only according to SAB records contained in the AMPAS library file on the film, and were not recorded in the final records of SAB . The extent of Merlin's contributions to the film are unknown, however, Kalmar and Ruby's work was most likely the special lyrics used by Fanny Brice in her "Snooks" number. According to a news item in HR , Trumbo was working on "polishing" the script just prior to production. Another HR news item noted that this was Monty Woolley's first film under contract to M-G-M. Although reviews based on various previews listed a running time of 80 min., MPH release charts and MPA listed the release time as 91 min. Brice's "Snooks" number was based on the popular Broadway and radio character she portrayed, "Baby Snooks." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Jan 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Jan 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 37
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 37
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Oct 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 38
pp. 5-14
Motion Picture Daily
20 Jan 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Dec 37
p. 38.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jan 38
p. 38.
New York Times
11 Mar 38
p. 15.
Variety
26 Jan 38
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
Addl dial
Addl dial
Contr to dial
Contr to dial
Contr to dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
Assoc conductor
Orch by
Mus interpolations and vocal arr
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
Dance dir
Mus numbers staged by
"Quainty, Dainty Me" staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Props
STAND INS
Dance double for Fanny Brice
Singing voice double for Lynn Carver in "The One I
SOURCES
SONGS
"The One I Love," "Down on Melody Farm," "Swing Mr. Mendelssohn," "The Show Must Go On," music by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurman, lyrics by Gus Kahn
"Quainty, Dainty Me," "Snooks (Why? Because!)" music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Ugly Duckling
Spring Fever
Release Date:
4 February 1938
Production Date:
2--3 September
late September--21 December 1937
retakes 8 January--10 January 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 January 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7786
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80 or 91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3973
SYNOPSIS

After being expelled from the exclusive Colvin School for Girls for singing Mendelssohn in swing time, Judy Bellaire must go home and face her family. Although eccentricity is a family trademark, Judy's father Hillary and mother Diana are distressed that she has gotten expelled again. Only the family servants, Olga Chekaloff and Ricky Saboni, and her sister Sylvia seem to sympathize. Playwright Hillary is too busy rehearsing his new play starring Diana and Jerrold Hope, as well as coping with the family's strained finances, to listen to Judy. When backer John Fleming finally decides that he has had enough of the Bellaires and won't finance the play, Judy thinks that she can save them by performing herself. Although Ricky is a successful singer each night at the Cafe Nappo, he stays with the Bellaires to be near Sylvia, who returns his affection. During the various family crises, Judy is put on a boat to Europe to prevent her from taking a job singing at the Cafe Neppo, but she sneaks away and becomes a sensation, unknown to her self-absorbed parents. To further help the Bellaires, Ricky talks his boss at the Cafe, Signor Giovanni Vittorino, into backing a show starring himself and Judy. Meanwhile, because Jerrold has threatened to quit Hillary's play, Sylvia promises to marry him. Heartbroken, she sends Olga out with a message for Ricky, but Olga loses it and forgets all about it when she is given a part in the show. As opening night for Hillary's play approaches, a child welfare agent attempts to stop Judy from appearing in the play because she is under age, but ... +


After being expelled from the exclusive Colvin School for Girls for singing Mendelssohn in swing time, Judy Bellaire must go home and face her family. Although eccentricity is a family trademark, Judy's father Hillary and mother Diana are distressed that she has gotten expelled again. Only the family servants, Olga Chekaloff and Ricky Saboni, and her sister Sylvia seem to sympathize. Playwright Hillary is too busy rehearsing his new play starring Diana and Jerrold Hope, as well as coping with the family's strained finances, to listen to Judy. When backer John Fleming finally decides that he has had enough of the Bellaires and won't finance the play, Judy thinks that she can save them by performing herself. Although Ricky is a successful singer each night at the Cafe Nappo, he stays with the Bellaires to be near Sylvia, who returns his affection. During the various family crises, Judy is put on a boat to Europe to prevent her from taking a job singing at the Cafe Neppo, but she sneaks away and becomes a sensation, unknown to her self-absorbed parents. To further help the Bellaires, Ricky talks his boss at the Cafe, Signor Giovanni Vittorino, into backing a show starring himself and Judy. Meanwhile, because Jerrold has threatened to quit Hillary's play, Sylvia promises to marry him. Heartbroken, she sends Olga out with a message for Ricky, but Olga loses it and forgets all about it when she is given a part in the show. As opening night for Hillary's play approaches, a child welfare agent attempts to stop Judy from appearing in the play because she is under age, but Olga has the man arrested as a kidnapper. discovering finally that Judy is not in Europe and fearing that she really has been kidnapped, they go to the police station, where they learn that she is appearing in Ricky's play. They go to the theater to stop her, but seeing her perform, they realize that the stage is where she belongs. Finally, the play is a success, Ricky and Sylvia are reunited and Olga chases after her long-lost love Boris, who is now driving a taxi. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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