You Can't Have Everything (1937)

99-100 mins | Musical comedy | 3 August 1937

Director:

Norman Taurog

Cinematographer:

Lucien Andriot

Editor:

Hanson Fritch

Production Designer:

Duncan Cramer

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Last Year's Kisses . HR production charts include Joan Davis and Frances Drake in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film is doubtful. A HR news item noted that Melville Baker was writing the screenplay for the picture, but his contribution to the finished film has not been confirmed. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox publicity release, executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck originally had wanted to feature actor Jimmy Ritz in the film without his brothers Harry and Al. The brothers strongly protested, however, and they all were featured in the picture. Another publicity release noted that Zanuck had hired Samuel Pokrass, Sid Kuller and Ray Golden to write a special comedy number for the Ritzes. Their contribution to the completed picture, however, has not been confirmed. Louise Hovick, better known as famous striptease artist "Gypsy Rose Lee," made her screen-acting debut in this picture. Alice Faye and Tony Martin were married after the film was completed, but divorced in ... More Less

The working title of this film was Last Year's Kisses . HR production charts include Joan Davis and Frances Drake in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film is doubtful. A HR news item noted that Melville Baker was writing the screenplay for the picture, but his contribution to the finished film has not been confirmed. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox publicity release, executive producer Darryl F. Zanuck originally had wanted to feature actor Jimmy Ritz in the film without his brothers Harry and Al. The brothers strongly protested, however, and they all were featured in the picture. Another publicity release noted that Zanuck had hired Samuel Pokrass, Sid Kuller and Ray Golden to write a special comedy number for the Ritzes. Their contribution to the completed picture, however, has not been confirmed. Louise Hovick, better known as famous striptease artist "Gypsy Rose Lee," made her screen-acting debut in this picture. Alice Faye and Tony Martin were married after the film was completed, but divorced in 1940. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
31-Jul-37
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Daily Variety
24 Jun 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Jul 37
p. 11.
Film Daily
4 Aug 37
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 37
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 37
p. 40.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 37
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 37
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jul 37
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 37
pp. 5-12.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 37
sec II, p. 90.
Los Angeles Times
10-Mar-37
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Motion Picture Daily
27 Apr 37
p. 5.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Jul 37
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
15 May 37
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Jun 37
p. 85.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Jul 37
pp. 40-41.
MPSI
1 Jul 37
p. 10.
New York Times
4 Aug 37
p. 15.
Variety
28 Jul 37
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
From an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Vocal supv
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Pub dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Afraid to Dream," "You Can't Have Everything," "The Loveliness of You," "Please Pardon Us--We're in Love," "Danger--Love at Work" and "North Pole Sketch," words and music by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Last Year's Kisses
Release Date:
3 August 1937
Production Date:
22 April--mid June 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 August 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7648
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99-100
Length(in feet):
8,973
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
3437
SYNOPSIS

In an Italian restaurant in New York City, Judith Poe Wells, the great-granddaughter of Edgar Allan Poe and the author of an as-yet-unpublished "serious" play, eats three plates of spaghetti. When she is unable to pay for her meal, another patron, famous playwright George Macrae, offers to pay the bill for her. Judy refuses and instead sings with the restaurant's orchestra. Amazed by her vocal ability, George follows her out and introduces himself as George Blake. She tells him of her struggle to write "serious" pieces when audiences want frothy tripe. They part company and George sneaks into his apartment, where his producer, Sam Gordon, his girl friend, Lulu Riley, and his friends, Jimmy, Harry and Al Ritz, are waiting impatiently for him. The next day, while Judy is packing to return to her hometown, she receives a check from Sam as a payment for optioning her play. She goes to his office to discuss their plans, but while she is waiting, she meets George, who asked Sam to send her the check out of pity, and they make a date for that night. That evening, George takes Judy to a nightclub, where the master of ceremonies talks her into singing. Sam and Lulu arrive at the club after Judy's song and inform George that Evelyn Moore, the star of his musical comedy, has quit. Ecstatic, George asks Judy to take Evelyn's place, but she angrily walks out after telling him that she will have nothing to do with his "stupid musical comedies." Disgusted with Lulu's bad influence on George's behavior, Sam has the Ritz Brothers find Judy. Sam talks Judy into ... +


In an Italian restaurant in New York City, Judith Poe Wells, the great-granddaughter of Edgar Allan Poe and the author of an as-yet-unpublished "serious" play, eats three plates of spaghetti. When she is unable to pay for her meal, another patron, famous playwright George Macrae, offers to pay the bill for her. Judy refuses and instead sings with the restaurant's orchestra. Amazed by her vocal ability, George follows her out and introduces himself as George Blake. She tells him of her struggle to write "serious" pieces when audiences want frothy tripe. They part company and George sneaks into his apartment, where his producer, Sam Gordon, his girl friend, Lulu Riley, and his friends, Jimmy, Harry and Al Ritz, are waiting impatiently for him. The next day, while Judy is packing to return to her hometown, she receives a check from Sam as a payment for optioning her play. She goes to his office to discuss their plans, but while she is waiting, she meets George, who asked Sam to send her the check out of pity, and they make a date for that night. That evening, George takes Judy to a nightclub, where the master of ceremonies talks her into singing. Sam and Lulu arrive at the club after Judy's song and inform George that Evelyn Moore, the star of his musical comedy, has quit. Ecstatic, George asks Judy to take Evelyn's place, but she angrily walks out after telling him that she will have nothing to do with his "stupid musical comedies." Disgusted with Lulu's bad influence on George's behavior, Sam has the Ritz Brothers find Judy. Sam talks Judy into performing the play, which is also to feature famed violinist Rubinoff, while Lulu is sent on a vacation. After rehearsing together, Judy and George fall in love, and after the dress rehearsal, he tells her that he loves her. Having read rumors of the romance in a gossip column, Lulu flies back, tells Judy to keep away from George and informs George that they were married one day while they were drunk. Upon hearing this, Judy leaves the city and returns to her old job selling sheet music. One day, she receives music for a musical adaptation of her play that Sam bought. Angry at the thought of her work being reduced to a "mere" musical, she rushes back to New York and into the theater where the play is being performed. As the audience chants for the author to take a bow, Judy forgets her anger and, to the audience's delight, announces that she has been working on a new piece. Lulu and George arrive in time to hear the news, and in her anger at seeing Judy in the theater, Lulu does not notice that her purse has come open, and her and George's marriage license has fallen out. Harry notices that it has not been signed, and as George and Judy celebrate the oversight with a kiss, the curtain is drawn. +

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