You'll Find Out (1940)

95 mins | Comedy-drama | 22 November 1940

Director:

David Butler

Producer:

David Butler

Cinematographer:

Frank Redman

Editor:

Irene Morra

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Old Professor . The team of producer-director David Butler, assistant directer Fred Fleck, editor Irene Morra, and writers James Kern and David Butler also worked together on Kay Kyser's 1939 RKO film That's Right, You're Wrong (see above). James McHugh and Johnny Mercer's song "I'd Know You Anywhere" received an Academy Award ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Old Professor . The team of producer-director David Butler, assistant directer Fred Fleck, editor Irene Morra, and writers James Kern and David Butler also worked together on Kay Kyser's 1939 RKO film That's Right, You're Wrong (see above). James McHugh and Johnny Mercer's song "I'd Know You Anywhere" received an Academy Award nomination. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Nov 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Nov 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 40
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
14 Nov 40
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Nov 40
p. 41.
New York Times
15 Nov 40
p. 25.
Variety
20 Nov 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Spec material
Spec material
Spec material
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus arr
SOUND
Sonovox eff
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"Bad Humor Man," "I'd Know You Anywhere," "You've Got Me This Way," "Like the Fella Once Said" and "I've Got a One Track Mind," music by James McHugh, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Old Professor
Release Date:
22 November 1940
Production Date:
8 August--9 October 1940
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10334
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System; Spec sd and mus eff by Sonovox
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
6580
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Kay and his band are hired by heiress Janis Bellacrest to entertain at her twenty-first birthday party. They arrive at Bellacrest Manor, the gloomy country estate owned by Janis' late father, where they meet Aunt Margo, Janis' eccentric guardian. As a storm brews, Margo confides to Kay that she communes with the dead and introduces him to the sinister Judge Mainwaring. Becoming disconcerted after the ominous Prince Saliano warns him that the house is haunted, Kay insists upon leaving, but their departure is barred when a bolt of lightning destroys the bridge that leads from the mainland to the house. The marooned band is joined by Professor Carl Fenniger, who Janis has summoned to debunk Soliano as she is certain he is fleecing her aunt Margo. In reality, Fenniger, Soliano and the judge are in league to murder Janis and thus retain their control over Margo and the Bellacrest fortune. To accomplish their goal, they decide to hold a seance during which Janis will meet her death. Just as the spiked chandelier that hangs over Janis' chair crashes down, Janis falls in a faint to the floor, leading Kay to believe that Saliano is behind the dastardly deed. After Kay and the band's manager, Chuck Deems, discover a secret passage leading to Saliano's workshop, Kay finds Bellacrest's will and realizes that Janis' life is in danger. Believing Fenniger to be trustworthy, Kay proposes another seance to unmask Janis' assailants. Under the cover of darkness, Kay sneaks back to the workroom, where he finds Saliano using a sonic device to impersonate Janis' late father's voice. Thus exposed, the judge pulls a gun on ... +


Kay and his band are hired by heiress Janis Bellacrest to entertain at her twenty-first birthday party. They arrive at Bellacrest Manor, the gloomy country estate owned by Janis' late father, where they meet Aunt Margo, Janis' eccentric guardian. As a storm brews, Margo confides to Kay that she communes with the dead and introduces him to the sinister Judge Mainwaring. Becoming disconcerted after the ominous Prince Saliano warns him that the house is haunted, Kay insists upon leaving, but their departure is barred when a bolt of lightning destroys the bridge that leads from the mainland to the house. The marooned band is joined by Professor Carl Fenniger, who Janis has summoned to debunk Soliano as she is certain he is fleecing her aunt Margo. In reality, Fenniger, Soliano and the judge are in league to murder Janis and thus retain their control over Margo and the Bellacrest fortune. To accomplish their goal, they decide to hold a seance during which Janis will meet her death. Just as the spiked chandelier that hangs over Janis' chair crashes down, Janis falls in a faint to the floor, leading Kay to believe that Saliano is behind the dastardly deed. After Kay and the band's manager, Chuck Deems, discover a secret passage leading to Saliano's workshop, Kay finds Bellacrest's will and realizes that Janis' life is in danger. Believing Fenniger to be trustworthy, Kay proposes another seance to unmask Janis' assailants. Under the cover of darkness, Kay sneaks back to the workroom, where he finds Saliano using a sonic device to impersonate Janis' late father's voice. Thus exposed, the judge pulls a gun on the group, but Kay wrestles him to the ground. Fenniger then reveals his involvement in the plot as he frees his comrades and locks Kay and the gang in a room into which he tosses some lighted dynamite. Luckily for the band, one of the musicians' dog returns the dynamite, thus obliterating the would-be murderers. +

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