Palm Springs (1936)

70-72 mins | Comedy-drama | 5 June 1936

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HISTORY

A preview of this film, held 19 Sep 1936, was reviewed in Picturegoer under the title Palm Springs Affair . Myles Connolly's story may have been published for the first time in anticipation of the film's release. According to a news item in HR on 24 Jan 1936, ranch and corral set pieces were stolen from this film's location near Palmdale, CA. One of the thieves reportedly held a guard at gunpoint, while his two accomplices disassembled the set and loaded it into a truck. On 5 Feb 1936, HR stated that the film was shot at a "half-dozen locations," but not at Palm Springs itself. On 5 Feb, the company shot added scenes at Sunland, CA. HR announced on 25 Jan 1936 that Dick Talmadge, who was under contract at Reliable, was cancelling a deal to star in six additional pictures in order to direct second units for three Walter Wanger productions, of which Palm Springs was one. He does not receive credit for this film in contemporary sources, however, and it is unclear whether or not he worked on the film. This film marks New York radio emcee, balladist and orchestra leader Smith Ballew's first screen role. On 8 Jan 1936, HR reported that Jean Rouverol, on loan from Republic, had been added to the cast, and on 14 Jan, HR reported that June Horne (daughter of director Jimmy Horne) would make her screen debut in the film. Although both appear in a production chart on 20 Jan 1936, neither is listed on the film, in reviews, or in the ... More Less

A preview of this film, held 19 Sep 1936, was reviewed in Picturegoer under the title Palm Springs Affair . Myles Connolly's story may have been published for the first time in anticipation of the film's release. According to a news item in HR on 24 Jan 1936, ranch and corral set pieces were stolen from this film's location near Palmdale, CA. One of the thieves reportedly held a guard at gunpoint, while his two accomplices disassembled the set and loaded it into a truck. On 5 Feb 1936, HR stated that the film was shot at a "half-dozen locations," but not at Palm Springs itself. On 5 Feb, the company shot added scenes at Sunland, CA. HR announced on 25 Jan 1936 that Dick Talmadge, who was under contract at Reliable, was cancelling a deal to star in six additional pictures in order to direct second units for three Walter Wanger productions, of which Palm Springs was one. He does not receive credit for this film in contemporary sources, however, and it is unclear whether or not he worked on the film. This film marks New York radio emcee, balladist and orchestra leader Smith Ballew's first screen role. On 8 Jan 1936, HR reported that Jean Rouverol, on loan from Republic, had been added to the cast, and on 14 Jan, HR reported that June Horne (daughter of director Jimmy Horne) would make her screen debut in the film. Although both appear in a production chart on 20 Jan 1936, neither is listed on the film, in reviews, or in the Call Bureau Cast Service list, and it is unclear what parts they played, if any, in the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 May 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Jun 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 36
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 36
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Feb 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
25 May 36
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Feb 36
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jun 36
p. 56.
Variety
24 Jun 36
p. 29.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Lady Smith" by Myles Connolly in Good Housekeeping (Aug 1936).
SONGS
"I Don't Want to Make History, I Want to Make Love," "Palm Springs," "Dreaming Out Loud" and "The Hills of Old Wyoming," words and music by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin
"Will I Ever Know," words and music by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
"I'm in the Mood for Love," words and music by Dorothy Fields and James McHugh.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Palm Springs Affair
Release Date:
5 June 1936
Production Date:
began early January 1936 at General Service Studios
added scenes: 5 February 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 June 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6393
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-72
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2002
SYNOPSIS

English widower Captain Smith, really the Earl of Blythstone, is broke. His daughter Joan, who is enrolled in Wellescliffe finishing school, is unaware of her father's title, but nonetheless believes her father is wealthy. Joan, who will graduate in the spring, has had a host of proposals from young men, but has turned them all down. When she needs money for a dress for a school dance, Joan shoots craps in the locker room with her classmates and is expelled for gambling. Planning to surprise her father in Palm Springs, Joan arrives unannounced and immediately asks to be taken to the best hotel, but fails to find her father there. Joan finally locates her father inside the Mirage hotel, standing guard while his valet Starkey acts as croupier. A rich young Englishman named George Brittel tells Joan the man she has pointed out is a crook and a cheat, unaware that he is her father. Joan scolds her father for humiliating himself so she can live in luxury and tells him she is going to look for a rich husband. Starkey agrees with her plan and spreads a rumor that she is Lady Sylvia Dustin, daughter of the Earl of Blythstone. The next morning, Joan meets a handsome cowboy named Slim, who tells her that the crowd at the Mirage are all fakes. Joan and Slim spend the morning riding together, and he tells her that Brittel's aunt Letty controls all his money. Joan later gets flowers from Brittel, who now believes she is Lady Sylvia traveling incognito. That night, Slim sends Joan a colt, and they meet in the moonlight, ... +


English widower Captain Smith, really the Earl of Blythstone, is broke. His daughter Joan, who is enrolled in Wellescliffe finishing school, is unaware of her father's title, but nonetheless believes her father is wealthy. Joan, who will graduate in the spring, has had a host of proposals from young men, but has turned them all down. When she needs money for a dress for a school dance, Joan shoots craps in the locker room with her classmates and is expelled for gambling. Planning to surprise her father in Palm Springs, Joan arrives unannounced and immediately asks to be taken to the best hotel, but fails to find her father there. Joan finally locates her father inside the Mirage hotel, standing guard while his valet Starkey acts as croupier. A rich young Englishman named George Brittel tells Joan the man she has pointed out is a crook and a cheat, unaware that he is her father. Joan scolds her father for humiliating himself so she can live in luxury and tells him she is going to look for a rich husband. Starkey agrees with her plan and spreads a rumor that she is Lady Sylvia Dustin, daughter of the Earl of Blythstone. The next morning, Joan meets a handsome cowboy named Slim, who tells her that the crowd at the Mirage are all fakes. Joan and Slim spend the morning riding together, and he tells her that Brittel's aunt Letty controls all his money. Joan later gets flowers from Brittel, who now believes she is Lady Sylvia traveling incognito. That night, Slim sends Joan a colt, and they meet in the moonlight, where he swears his love and kisses her. She must leave him for a date with Brittel, however, whom she believes will propose to her the next day. Her father warns her to marry for love, but when Brittel proposes, Joan accepts, and a reception is planned for the next day. Aunt Letty is suspicious, however, and asks a friend of hers, the British Consul in Vancouver, Bruce Morgan, to come to Palm Springs to expose the impostor. Morgan, an explorer and old friend of the captain, arrives from Ecuador and is surprised to see the captain, whom he thought had died from a bullet after the armistice. The captain asks Bruce to keep his earldom a secret and help him expose the lady who is posing as his daughter. The captain admits he lost a good deal of money playing roulette in Monte Carlo and now uses the name Captain Smith. At the reception, the captain and Bruce get terribly drunk, and when Bruce toasts "Lady Sylvia Dustin's" father, Joan pretends to know Bruce. Aunt Letty, astonished but nonetheless convinced of Joan's aristocratic lineage, announces the engagement. But when Bruce introduces Joan as the earl's daughter, the captain denounces knowing her in order to ruin her chances at marrying Brittel for money. Joan runs away in tears and when Brittel demands the truth about Joan's title, she realizes social status is all that matters to him. Making her father very happy, Joan goes to Slim in the moonlight, where they again kiss. +

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