It's a Date (1940)

100 mins | Romantic comedy | 22 March 1940

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writer:

Norman Krasna

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

Joseph Valentine

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was It Happened in Kaloha , and it marked Durbin's seventh collaboration with producer Joe Pasternak and camerman Joseph Valentine. Exteriors were shot at Sherwood Lake, CA, and, according to a news item in HR , background scenes were shot in Honolulu, HA, by cameraman Stanley Cortez and his assistant, Ross Hoffman under the direction of assistant director Vernon ... More Less

The working title of this picture was It Happened in Kaloha , and it marked Durbin's seventh collaboration with producer Joe Pasternak and camerman Joseph Valentine. Exteriors were shot at Sherwood Lake, CA, and, according to a news item in HR , background scenes were shot in Honolulu, HA, by cameraman Stanley Cortez and his assistant, Ross Hoffman under the direction of assistant director Vernon Keays. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Mar 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Mar 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
25 Mar 40
p. 1, 4
Motion Picture Herald
16 Mar 40
p. 44.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Mar 40
p. 42.
New York Times
23 Mar 40
p. 16.
Variety
27 Mar 40
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Joe Pasternak Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Background photog
Asst cam, background photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Love Is All," words and music by Pinky Tomlin and Harry Tobias
"Gypsy Lullaby," words and music by Arthur Freed
"It Happened in Kaloha," words and music by Ralph Freed and Frank Skinner
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SONGS
"Love Is All," words and music by Pinky Tomlin and Harry Tobias
"Gypsy Lullaby," words and music by Arthur Freed
"It Happened in Kaloha," words and music by Ralph Freed and Frank Skinner
"Rhythm of the Island," words and music by Eddie Cherkose, Jacques Press and Leon Belasco
"Loch Lomond (By Yon Bonnie Brae)," Scottish traditional
"Ave Maria," music by Franz Schubert, lyrics by P. Adam Storck
"Musetta's Street Song" from the opera La Bohéme , music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
It Happened in Kaloha
Release Date:
22 March 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 March 1940
Production Date:
began 27 December 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
1 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9513
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
6122
SYNOPSIS

Pamela Drake, the daughter of the famous but aging Broadway star Georgia Drake, has inherited her mother's acting ambitions. At the closing night party of her mother's latest production, Pam convinces director Sidney Simpson and writer Carl Ober to visit her summer stock school. While Georgia travels to Honolulu to prepare for Ober's new production, Ober and Sidney visit the school and, as a theatrical exercise, stage the second act of Ober's new play with Pamela playing the lead. Ober believes that Georgia is too old for the part, and when he sees Pamela's impressive performance, he offers her the role. Unaware that she has stolen her mother's part, Pam, overwhelmed by her unexpected opportunity, decides to seek out the greatest coach she knows, Georgia, and sets sail for Honolulu. Aboard the ocean liner, Pam attempts to live her prospective role of the tragically spurned woman, thus earning her the sympathy of pineapple king John Arlen, a man twice her age. Pam misunderstands John's attentions, however, and believes that he is in love with her. In Honolulu, Pam discovers that she and her mother are competing for the same part and decides to give up the stage to marry John. To keep her mother from receiving Sidney's phone call, in which he plans to tell her she has lost the role, Pam arranges to dine with Georgia and John. While Pam leaves the table to intercept the call, however, John becomes infatuated with Georgia. John soon finds himself pursued by Pamela but in love with Georgia. Escorting both women to the governor's ball, John must avoid Pam's attempts to propose to ... +


Pamela Drake, the daughter of the famous but aging Broadway star Georgia Drake, has inherited her mother's acting ambitions. At the closing night party of her mother's latest production, Pam convinces director Sidney Simpson and writer Carl Ober to visit her summer stock school. While Georgia travels to Honolulu to prepare for Ober's new production, Ober and Sidney visit the school and, as a theatrical exercise, stage the second act of Ober's new play with Pamela playing the lead. Ober believes that Georgia is too old for the part, and when he sees Pamela's impressive performance, he offers her the role. Unaware that she has stolen her mother's part, Pam, overwhelmed by her unexpected opportunity, decides to seek out the greatest coach she knows, Georgia, and sets sail for Honolulu. Aboard the ocean liner, Pam attempts to live her prospective role of the tragically spurned woman, thus earning her the sympathy of pineapple king John Arlen, a man twice her age. Pam misunderstands John's attentions, however, and believes that he is in love with her. In Honolulu, Pam discovers that she and her mother are competing for the same part and decides to give up the stage to marry John. To keep her mother from receiving Sidney's phone call, in which he plans to tell her she has lost the role, Pam arranges to dine with Georgia and John. While Pam leaves the table to intercept the call, however, John becomes infatuated with Georgia. John soon finds himself pursued by Pamela but in love with Georgia. Escorting both women to the governor's ball, John must avoid Pam's attempts to propose to him so that he can propose to Georgia. John finally pops the question just as Sidney and Ober arrive. Before they can tell Georgia that Pamela has the lead, Georgia declines the role and announces her engagement to John, thus clearing the way for Pamela to score in the show. +

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