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The working title of this film was Quota Girl . According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck suggested the film's premise, based on the experiences of his maid, a Swedish national who obtained a quota number and U.S. entry visa through a stay in Canada. The following writers are listed in the scripts collection or HR news items as having contributed to the screenplay, but the extent of their contribution to the completed film has not been determined: Franz Spencer , Robert Carson, Francis Wallace, Frederick Jackson and Walter Bullock. HR news items supply the following information about the production: The picture was originally to be shot in Technicolor, be directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and feature Phil Regan. Due to wartime construction limits, the studio contemplated filming the picture entirely on location in Quebec, Canada, but instead filmed only background shots near Quebec and in Sun Valley, Idaho. For the Sun Valley location, Johnny Johnson accompanied second unit director Otto Brower, but the exact nature of Johnson's contribution to the film has not been determined. Although Joe MacDonald and Glen MacWilliams are credited onscreen as the film's photographers, HR news items and production charts credit Charles Clarke and note that James Van Trees replaced MacDonald when MacDonald fell ill. Bufford McCusker replaced Geary Steffen as Sonia Henie's skating partner after Steffen was drafted. During the last month of filming, Archie Mayo took over direction of the ice skating production numbers. Studio publicity includes Helena Benda and Manuel Paris in the cast, ... More Less

The working title of this film was Quota Girl . According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck suggested the film's premise, based on the experiences of his maid, a Swedish national who obtained a quota number and U.S. entry visa through a stay in Canada. The following writers are listed in the scripts collection or HR news items as having contributed to the screenplay, but the extent of their contribution to the completed film has not been determined: Franz Spencer , Robert Carson, Francis Wallace, Frederick Jackson and Walter Bullock. HR news items supply the following information about the production: The picture was originally to be shot in Technicolor, be directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and feature Phil Regan. Due to wartime construction limits, the studio contemplated filming the picture entirely on location in Quebec, Canada, but instead filmed only background shots near Quebec and in Sun Valley, Idaho. For the Sun Valley location, Johnny Johnson accompanied second unit director Otto Brower, but the exact nature of Johnson's contribution to the film has not been determined. Although Joe MacDonald and Glen MacWilliams are credited onscreen as the film's photographers, HR news items and production charts credit Charles Clarke and note that James Van Trees replaced MacDonald when MacDonald fell ill. Bufford McCusker replaced Geary Steffen as Sonia Henie's skating partner after Steffen was drafted. During the last month of filming, Archie Mayo took over direction of the ice skating production numbers. Studio publicity includes Helena Benda and Manuel Paris in the cast, but their participation in the finished film has not been confirmed. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Sep 1943.
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Daily Variety
9 Sep 43
p. 3, 6
Film Daily
10 Sep 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 43
p. 1, 3
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 43
p. 4, 11
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 43
pp. 12-13.
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 43
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 43
p. 7.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Sep 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald
11 Sep 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Jul 43
p. 1431.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Sep 43
p. 1529.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Nov 43
p. 1617.
New York Times
30 Sep 43
p. 27.
Variety
15 Sep 43
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
Asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Mus seq photog
Dir of photog
Fill-in photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Mus seq stage settings by
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Mus seq supv by
Mus seq staged by
Fanchon's asst
Fanchon's asst
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Dir of pub
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Jingle Bells" by J. S. Pierpont
excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
SONGS
"Wintertime," "That Thing They Sing About," "Later Tonight," "Dancing in the Dawn," "Tell Me It's You," "I'm All A-Twitter Over You" and "We Always Get Our Girl," music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Leo Robin
"I Like It Here," music and lyrics by Leo Robin and Nacio Herb Brown, special lyrics by Charles Henderson.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Quota Girl
Winter Time
Release Date:
17 September 1943
Production Date:
mid March--mid July 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 September 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12454
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in feet):
7,418
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9214
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Skip Hutton, the irrepressible co-owner of the Chateau Promenade in Canada, convinces his creditors to cease their foreclosure procedures for one night, when he will have Norwegian millionaire Hjalmar Ostgaard as his guest. Skip hopes that the presence of Ostgaard and his niece Nora, a world amateur skating champion, will stimulate business, despite the trepidations of his partner, Freddy Austin. Freddy is displeased that Skip has lied to Nora, who believes that they will be staying in the world-famous Chateau Frontenac, and so, upon picking her up at the train station, reveals the truth about her shabby accomodations. Nora kindly overlooks the deception as Ostgaard, sleepy from a cold, is put to bed, and joins Freddy for a cookout over the hotel fireplace. Nora and Ostgaard must remain in Canada to receive their quota numbers, with which they will emigrate to the United States, and while they wait, Nora schemes with Freddy, Skip and Brad Barton, the hotel band's wolfish singer, to trick Ostgaard into buying a fifty-percent interest in the chateau. With Ostgaard's money, Freddy is able to modernize the chateau and attract more business. Although Freddy and Nora begin to fall in love, Freddy is distracted by the appearance of Marian Daly, a photographer for an influential winter sports magazine. Marian makes no secret of her attraction to Freddy, who is forced to spend time with her in order to get a good review for the chateau. Nora becomes intensely jealous, and her problems increase when Ostgaard's money is frozen after Germany invades Norway. With no more money coming in, Ostgaard is afraid that the hotel will be taken from him, ... +


Skip Hutton, the irrepressible co-owner of the Chateau Promenade in Canada, convinces his creditors to cease their foreclosure procedures for one night, when he will have Norwegian millionaire Hjalmar Ostgaard as his guest. Skip hopes that the presence of Ostgaard and his niece Nora, a world amateur skating champion, will stimulate business, despite the trepidations of his partner, Freddy Austin. Freddy is displeased that Skip has lied to Nora, who believes that they will be staying in the world-famous Chateau Frontenac, and so, upon picking her up at the train station, reveals the truth about her shabby accomodations. Nora kindly overlooks the deception as Ostgaard, sleepy from a cold, is put to bed, and joins Freddy for a cookout over the hotel fireplace. Nora and Ostgaard must remain in Canada to receive their quota numbers, with which they will emigrate to the United States, and while they wait, Nora schemes with Freddy, Skip and Brad Barton, the hotel band's wolfish singer, to trick Ostgaard into buying a fifty-percent interest in the chateau. With Ostgaard's money, Freddy is able to modernize the chateau and attract more business. Although Freddy and Nora begin to fall in love, Freddy is distracted by the appearance of Marian Daly, a photographer for an influential winter sports magazine. Marian makes no secret of her attraction to Freddy, who is forced to spend time with her in order to get a good review for the chateau. Nora becomes intensely jealous, and her problems increase when Ostgaard's money is frozen after Germany invades Norway. With no more money coming in, Ostgaard is afraid that the hotel will be taken from him, and Nora decides to help by accepting promoter Jay Rogers' offer to star her in an ice skating show in New York City. Due to the invasion of Norway, however, Nora's quota number is no longer valid and she cannot enter the United States unless she marries a U.S. citizen. Her relationship with Freddy having deteriorated, Nora plays up to Brad, who is unaware of her dire financial state. Thinking that he is marrying an heiress, Brad accepts Nora's suggestion that they elope, but Skip, determined to reunite Freddy and Nora, interferes with their plans. Thanks to Skip's machinations, Freddy and Nora reconcile and are soon married, after which Rogers presents Nora in her big show. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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