Men Are Such Fools (1938)

66 or 69-70 mins | Romantic comedy | 16 July 1938

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Full page view
HISTORY

The novel first appeared in serial form in The Saturday Evening Post (21 Mar--25 Apr 1936). Although the Call Bureau Cast Service lists Ken Niles in the role of the radio announcer, Warner Bros. studio records credit Wendell Niles with the role. ...

More Less

The novel first appeared in serial form in The Saturday Evening Post (21 Mar--25 Apr 1936). Although the Call Bureau Cast Service lists Ken Niles in the role of the radio announcer, Warner Bros. studio records credit Wendell Niles with the role.

Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Apr 1938
p. 3
Film Daily
17 Jun 1938
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 1937
pp. 14-15
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 1938
pp. 38-39
Motion Picture Daily
18 Apr 1938
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jan 1938
pp. 55-56
Motion Picture Herald
23 Apr 1938
p. 44
New York Times
17 Jun 1938
p. 25
Variety
7-Oct-32
---
Variety
22 Jun 1938
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr to trmt
Contr to scr const
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Men Are Such Fools by Faith Baldwin (New York, 1936).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 July 1938
Production Date:
mid Dec 1937--mid Jan 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
8 March 1938
LP8102
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66 or 69-70
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4036
SYNOPSIS

New York secretary Linda Lawrence is determined to become a success in the advertising business. She pitches an idea to her boss, Harvey C. Bates, so convincingly that he invites her to dinner at his house to talk further. Linda's fellow worker, Jimmy Hall, who is in love with her, pretends to be a messenger so he can see exactly what is going on at Bates' house. Bates plays matchmaker and sends the two of them to a nightclub as his guests, and by the end of the evening they are in love with each other. Jimmy wants to get married immediately, but Linda, who is now a copywriter, is interested in pursuing her career. Because she is attractive, men in powerful positions are eager to listen to her ideas. The only other woman copywriter, Beatrice Harris, is initially jealous of Linda, but eventually the women become friends. Bea holds a weekend party, where Linda meets Harry Galleon, a radio executive. She flirts with him, hoping to get her ad on the radio, and Jimmy sulks. When Harry's ex-fiancée, Wanda Townsend, pays too much attention to Jimmy, however, Linda is upset. By the end of the weekend, Linda and Jimmy have decided to get married immediately. Linda keeps her job, but when she works late one night, Jimmy insists that she quit. They quarrel, but finally, she agrees to quit and be the "woman behind the man." At first she is happy in her new role, but when Jimmy turns down a better job because he believes it is too risky, Linda is angry at his lack of ambition and ...

More Less

New York secretary Linda Lawrence is determined to become a success in the advertising business. She pitches an idea to her boss, Harvey C. Bates, so convincingly that he invites her to dinner at his house to talk further. Linda's fellow worker, Jimmy Hall, who is in love with her, pretends to be a messenger so he can see exactly what is going on at Bates' house. Bates plays matchmaker and sends the two of them to a nightclub as his guests, and by the end of the evening they are in love with each other. Jimmy wants to get married immediately, but Linda, who is now a copywriter, is interested in pursuing her career. Because she is attractive, men in powerful positions are eager to listen to her ideas. The only other woman copywriter, Beatrice Harris, is initially jealous of Linda, but eventually the women become friends. Bea holds a weekend party, where Linda meets Harry Galleon, a radio executive. She flirts with him, hoping to get her ad on the radio, and Jimmy sulks. When Harry's ex-fiancée, Wanda Townsend, pays too much attention to Jimmy, however, Linda is upset. By the end of the weekend, Linda and Jimmy have decided to get married immediately. Linda keeps her job, but when she works late one night, Jimmy insists that she quit. They quarrel, but finally, she agrees to quit and be the "woman behind the man." At first she is happy in her new role, but when Jimmy turns down a better job because he believes it is too risky, Linda is angry at his lack of ambition and walks out of the marriage to return to work. Stung by her accusations, Jimmy takes the new job and rises rapidly. Although they still love each other, they plan to get divorced. When Jimmy learns that Linda is leaving for Paris with Galleon, he chases after her, stopping her just before she leaves. They make up, and when Galleon arrives on board the ship, he finds Wanda waiting in his stateroom.

Less

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

TOP SEARCHES

Stagecoach

The American folk songs adapted for the score included the traditional ballads "Lily Dale," "Rosa Lee," "Joe Bowers," "Joe the Wrangler," "She's More to Be Pitied Than Censured," "She ... >>

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Memos included in the Warner Bros. Collection at the USC Cinema-Television Library add the following information about the production: The B. Traven novel was purchased by the studio in ... >>

Gone with the Wind

[ Note from the Editors : the following information is based on contemporary news items, feature articles, reviews, interviews, memoranda and corporate records. Information obtained from modern sources ... >>

Before the White Man Came

The film was shot in the Big Horn Mountains in Montana and Wyoming, and the cast was composed entirely of Crow and Cheyenne Indians. Northwestern advertised the film as ... >>

The Killers

The opening title cards read: "Mark Hellinger Productions, Inc. presents Ernest Hemingway's The Killers. " The Killers was the fourth Hemingway work to be adapted ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.