Flirtation Walk (1934)

85, 95, 97 or 100 mins | Musical | 1 December 1934

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Delmer Daves

Cinematographers:

George Barnes, Sol Polito

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Productions Corp.
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HISTORY

According to an onscreen prologue, the film is dedicated to the United States Military Academy, West Point. The NYT review reports that many of the scenes were actually shot at West Point. An news item in DV notes that Barbara Leonard replaced Maxine Doyle, who was working in M-G-M's film Student Tour . According to news items in HR , Bobby Connolly started shooting the Hawaiian number on 3 Jul 1934 on the biggest set ever constructed at Warner Bros. studios. He was scheduled to finish on 10 Jul, at which time he would start the military wedding number using over 400 professional dancers. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Sound Recording. Modern sources add the following credits: Asst dir Bill Cannon; Asst cam Frank Evans; Rec eng E. A. Brown ; and add to the cast, Lt. Joe Cummins, Gertrude Keeler, Tyrone Power, Madeline Borzage and Sol Hoopii and his Hawaiian ... More Less

According to an onscreen prologue, the film is dedicated to the United States Military Academy, West Point. The NYT review reports that many of the scenes were actually shot at West Point. An news item in DV notes that Barbara Leonard replaced Maxine Doyle, who was working in M-G-M's film Student Tour . According to news items in HR , Bobby Connolly started shooting the Hawaiian number on 3 Jul 1934 on the biggest set ever constructed at Warner Bros. studios. He was scheduled to finish on 10 Jul, at which time he would start the military wedding number using over 400 professional dancers. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Sound Recording. Modern sources add the following credits: Asst dir Bill Cannon; Asst cam Frank Evans; Rec eng E. A. Brown ; and add to the cast, Lt. Joe Cummins, Gertrude Keeler, Tyrone Power, Madeline Borzage and Sol Hoopii and his Hawaiian Band. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Jul 34
p. 4.
Daily Variety
2 Nov 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Nov 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 34
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 34
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Jan 31
p. 17.
International Photographer
1 Mar 31
p. 17.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Nov 34
p. 38.
New York Times
29 Nov 34
p. 33.
Variety
4 Dec 34
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Frank Borzage Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Ensembles dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
Rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
Props
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Flirtation Walk," "I See Two Lovers," "Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name," "When Do We Eat?" "Smoking in the Dark" and "No Horse, No Wife, No Mustache," music and lyrics by Allie Wrubel and Mort Dixon.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 December 1934
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 November 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5108
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85, 95, 97 or 100
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
350
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Richard Palmer Grant Dorcy, known as "Canary," is an enlisted man in the United States Army. Currently stationed on the Hawaiian Islands, he has an affectionately argumentative relationship with his sergeant, Scrapper Thornhill. Although he hates taking orders, Dick has no intention of becoming an officer. When General Fitts arrives at the base with his daughter Kit, Dick is assigned to drive her to the reception that evening. Falling victim to the moonlit night, Kit and Dick miss the reception and attend a native luau instead. They are discovered in each other's arms by Lieutenant Biddle, who is also in love with Kit. Biddle blames Dick for ruining Kit's reputation and Dick decides to desert. Scrapper begs Kit to straighten things out with Biddle. To prevent Dick from deserting, Kit tells him that she is not in love with him, but was responding to a crazy impulse. Stung by her words, Dick decides to compete with Biddle as an equal and applies for West Point. He is accepted and does very well, to Scrapper's delight. In Dick's senior year, General Fitts is appointed West Point superintendent. While most of the men are infatuated with Kit, Dick is cold to her. Consequently, he is not very happy when the rest of the men insist that she participate in the traditional Hundredth Night theatrical performance. Dick writes a show about a female general with a message directed at Kit. After the first rehearsal, Kit walks with Dick on Flirtation Walk and tries to explain why she told him she was not in love with him. Dick ... +


Richard Palmer Grant Dorcy, known as "Canary," is an enlisted man in the United States Army. Currently stationed on the Hawaiian Islands, he has an affectionately argumentative relationship with his sergeant, Scrapper Thornhill. Although he hates taking orders, Dick has no intention of becoming an officer. When General Fitts arrives at the base with his daughter Kit, Dick is assigned to drive her to the reception that evening. Falling victim to the moonlit night, Kit and Dick miss the reception and attend a native luau instead. They are discovered in each other's arms by Lieutenant Biddle, who is also in love with Kit. Biddle blames Dick for ruining Kit's reputation and Dick decides to desert. Scrapper begs Kit to straighten things out with Biddle. To prevent Dick from deserting, Kit tells him that she is not in love with him, but was responding to a crazy impulse. Stung by her words, Dick decides to compete with Biddle as an equal and applies for West Point. He is accepted and does very well, to Scrapper's delight. In Dick's senior year, General Fitts is appointed West Point superintendent. While most of the men are infatuated with Kit, Dick is cold to her. Consequently, he is not very happy when the rest of the men insist that she participate in the traditional Hundredth Night theatrical performance. Dick writes a show about a female general with a message directed at Kit. After the first rehearsal, Kit walks with Dick on Flirtation Walk and tries to explain why she told him she was not in love with him. Dick is too angry to listen to Kit but, during their on-stage love scene, kisses her, and she admits she loves him. When General Fitts announces Kit's engagement to Biddle, Dick naturally is confused, and visits her after lights out to talk her out of marrying Biddle. He is caught and, to protect Kit's name, agrees to resign from the Academy. Scrapper arrives at the Academy to see Dick graduate and is disappointed to learn of Dick's resignation. The day is saved when Biddle tells Dick that his resignation was not accepted and that Kit returned his ring. Dick graduates a happy man. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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