Her First Romance (1940)

77 mins | Drama | 25 December 1940

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writer:

Adele Comandini

Producer:

I. E. Chadwick

Cinematographer:

John Mescall

Editor:

William Ziegler

Production Designer:

George Van Marter

Production Company:

Monogram Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Her Father's Daughter. A HR production chart includes Ann Doran, David Durand and Edwin Brian in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This picture, reissued for television as The Right Man, marked baritone Wilbur Evans film debut. In the reissue print, the names of Alan Ladd, Edith Fellows, Wilbur Evans and Julie Bishop (the name used by actress Jacqueline Wells from 1941 on) appeared above the title. ...

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The working title of this film was Her Father's Daughter. A HR production chart includes Ann Doran, David Durand and Edwin Brian in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This picture, reissued for television as The Right Man, marked baritone Wilbur Evans film debut. In the reissue print, the names of Alan Ladd, Edith Fellows, Wilbur Evans and Julie Bishop (the name used by actress Jacqueline Wells from 1941 on) appeared above the title.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Dec 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
27 Dec 1940
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 1940
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 1940
p. 2
Motion Picture Daily
23 Dec 1940
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
28 Dec 1940
p. 40
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
G. C. Van Marter
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir and score
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Her Father's Daughter by Gene Stratton-Porter (New York, 1921).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"La ci darem la mano" from the opera Don Giovanni , music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte; "I Love Thee," music and lyrics by Edvard Grieg; "Star of Love," music by Gregory Stone, lyrics by S. Charles Caine; "Symphony of Love," based on themes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikowsky, with music and lyrics by S. Charles Caine and Gregory Stone; "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," music and lyrics by Stephen Foster; "Dark Eyes," traditional gypsy air.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Her Father's Daughter
The Right Man
Release Date:
25 December 1940
Premiere Information:
Hollywood premiere: 31 Dec 1940
Production Date:
began late Oct 1940
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6876
SYNOPSIS

Linda Strong, a bookish, frumpy co-ed, is invited to a formal dance as a sorority pledge initiation prank. Her selfish stepsister and guardian, Eileen, refuses to buy Linda a dress and decides that she is too young to attend. Katy, the cook, buys Linda a dress and with the help of Linda's cousin, Marian, conspires to get Linda to the dance. When Linda's friend Suzy tells her that she was invited as a prank, however, she refuses to go to the dance. Without her glasses and wearing stylish clothes, Linda is quite attractive, but she still rejects all the invitations from the fraternity brothers. She is crying outside the house when Chicago opera star Philip Niles arrives and offers to escort her to the dance. Eileen is at the dance with her fiancé John Gilman, who was Marian's boyfriend until Eileen stole him away. At the party, Linda is a great success, much to Eileen's dismay. When Niles is called upon to sing, he asks Linda to join him in a duet. Eileen feigns interest in Linda's career to have an opportunity to meet Niles, and to spite her stepsister, Linda arranges a picnic for Niles to meet Marian. Marian, who is still in love with John, suggests that Linda date Niles herself, prompting Linda to borrow Eileen's book on how to get a man. After finding the book, Niles feigns interest in Eileen, who dumps John. John then realizes that he loves Marian, and they marry. Linda is convinced that Niles has proposed to Eileen, but he has actually asked her permission as Linda's guardian to ...

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Linda Strong, a bookish, frumpy co-ed, is invited to a formal dance as a sorority pledge initiation prank. Her selfish stepsister and guardian, Eileen, refuses to buy Linda a dress and decides that she is too young to attend. Katy, the cook, buys Linda a dress and with the help of Linda's cousin, Marian, conspires to get Linda to the dance. When Linda's friend Suzy tells her that she was invited as a prank, however, she refuses to go to the dance. Without her glasses and wearing stylish clothes, Linda is quite attractive, but she still rejects all the invitations from the fraternity brothers. She is crying outside the house when Chicago opera star Philip Niles arrives and offers to escort her to the dance. Eileen is at the dance with her fiancé John Gilman, who was Marian's boyfriend until Eileen stole him away. At the party, Linda is a great success, much to Eileen's dismay. When Niles is called upon to sing, he asks Linda to join him in a duet. Eileen feigns interest in Linda's career to have an opportunity to meet Niles, and to spite her stepsister, Linda arranges a picnic for Niles to meet Marian. Marian, who is still in love with John, suggests that Linda date Niles herself, prompting Linda to borrow Eileen's book on how to get a man. After finding the book, Niles feigns interest in Eileen, who dumps John. John then realizes that he loves Marian, and they marry. Linda is convinced that Niles has proposed to Eileen, but he has actually asked her permission as Linda's guardian to marry Linda. When Eileen refuses, Niles goes to Linda to explain what happened and promises to return to marry her when she turns eighteen.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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