Hello, Everybody! (1933)

69-70 mins | Drama | 17 February 1933

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HISTORY

This film's working title was Queen of the Air . The title of Fannie Hurst's original story was "Nice Girl." Var incorrectly credits William Davidson with the part of Mr. Parker and calls George Barbier's character "Mr. Blair." The NYT review credits Irving Bacon with the part of "Joe," while the MPH review lists Jack Pennick as "Joe." Pennick is called "Joe" in the film. Ted Collins was Smith's real-life manager. As the film's opening credits roll, Kate Smith sings "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," which was her signature radio theme song. In the New York nightclub scene, Smith performs her famous "hotcha" dance, which she had performed in 1926 Broadway show, Honeymoon Lane . A montage within the film, which shows Kate Smith's rise to fame, includes RKO ... More Less

This film's working title was Queen of the Air . The title of Fannie Hurst's original story was "Nice Girl." Var incorrectly credits William Davidson with the part of Mr. Parker and calls George Barbier's character "Mr. Blair." The NYT review credits Irving Bacon with the part of "Joe," while the MPH review lists Jack Pennick as "Joe." Pennick is called "Joe" in the film. Ted Collins was Smith's real-life manager. As the film's opening credits roll, Kate Smith sings "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," which was her signature radio theme song. In the New York nightclub scene, Smith performs her famous "hotcha" dance, which she had performed in 1926 Broadway show, Honeymoon Lane . A montage within the film, which shows Kate Smith's rise to fame, includes RKO marquees. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
28 Jan 33
p. 15.
International Photographer
1 Jan 33
p. 30.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Jan 33
p. 30.
New York Times
30 Jan 33
p. 9.
Variety
31 Jan 33
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," music by Harry Woods, lyrics by Howard E. Johnson
"Moon Song," "The Great Open Spaces," "Hello, Everybody," "Queen of Lullaby Land," "Pickanninies' Heaven" and "Twenty Million People," music by Arthur Johnston, lyrics by Sam Coslow.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Queen of the Air
Release Date:
17 February 1933
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 27 January 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 February 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3657
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69-70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The Smiths' farm is threatened when Mr. Marshall of the General Power and Water Company tries to force the farmers of Walasco County to sell their water rights to him. Hunt Blake, an envoy for the company, falls quickly in love with Lily Smith while trying to convince her sister Kate to cooperate with Marshall. After Hunt proposes to Lily, he quits his job with the power company. As he and Lily pack to move to San Francisco, Jed, who has worked on the farm for thirty-two years, convinces Hunt to stay and help Kate fight the company. When Marshall hosts a town social to be broadcast on the radio, Kate sings "Out in the Great Open Spaces" and is heard on the radio for the first time. Later, after Kate leaves the social to check on her little brother and sister, the townspeople think she is boycotting the meeting and walk out in support of the farmers. Next, Kate gets an offer from Ted Collins of the Nationwide Broadcasting System to come to New York. Kate refuses to leave the farm until the farmers lose their case in lower court and the bank threatens to take their house. When Kate opens the Bible and finds the words "sing many songs," she leaves for New York. By the time her case reaches Superior Court, Kate is a national sensation and is able to pay all legal fees. When the court again decides against the farmers, Kate leaves New York. Mr. Lindle, an engineer for the company, then reveals that the dam could be built around the farmers' lands if Marshall were ... +


The Smiths' farm is threatened when Mr. Marshall of the General Power and Water Company tries to force the farmers of Walasco County to sell their water rights to him. Hunt Blake, an envoy for the company, falls quickly in love with Lily Smith while trying to convince her sister Kate to cooperate with Marshall. After Hunt proposes to Lily, he quits his job with the power company. As he and Lily pack to move to San Francisco, Jed, who has worked on the farm for thirty-two years, convinces Hunt to stay and help Kate fight the company. When Marshall hosts a town social to be broadcast on the radio, Kate sings "Out in the Great Open Spaces" and is heard on the radio for the first time. Later, after Kate leaves the social to check on her little brother and sister, the townspeople think she is boycotting the meeting and walk out in support of the farmers. Next, Kate gets an offer from Ted Collins of the Nationwide Broadcasting System to come to New York. Kate refuses to leave the farm until the farmers lose their case in lower court and the bank threatens to take their house. When Kate opens the Bible and finds the words "sing many songs," she leaves for New York. By the time her case reaches Superior Court, Kate is a national sensation and is able to pay all legal fees. When the court again decides against the farmers, Kate leaves New York. Mr. Lindle, an engineer for the company, then reveals that the dam could be built around the farmers' lands if Marshall were willing to spend more money. The farmers, meanwhile, stage a riot in front of Marshall's office, demanding a meeting with him. The sheriff arrests Marshall for inciting a riot just as Kate arrives and offers to pay half of the $200,000 needed to reroute the dam's pipeline. Kate then gets a new radio contract. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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