Chloe Love Is Calling You (1934)

64 mins | Drama | 1 April 1934

Director:

Marshall Neilan

Cinematographer:

Mack Stengler

Production Designer:

Robert Stevens

Production Company:

Pinnacle Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

A 26 Jul 1933 FD news item refers to this film as a "Kennedy Sunshine Special," an apparent reference to Aubrey Kennedy, the then owner of the picture's production studio. Modern sources add the following additional information: Chloe began production on 22 May 1933 in St. Petersburg and featured local people in the cast. At the time of filming, the studio was not called Sun Haven but was renamed Sun Haven in Aug 1933 when T. C. Parker, Jr., a local investor in the project, purchased the facility from Kennedy. Sun Haven then merged with a Tampa studio, Beecroft-Florida Studios, in Dec ... More Less

A 26 Jul 1933 FD news item refers to this film as a "Kennedy Sunshine Special," an apparent reference to Aubrey Kennedy, the then owner of the picture's production studio. Modern sources add the following additional information: Chloe began production on 22 May 1933 in St. Petersburg and featured local people in the cast. At the time of filming, the studio was not called Sun Haven but was renamed Sun Haven in Aug 1933 when T. C. Parker, Jr., a local investor in the project, purchased the facility from Kennedy. Sun Haven then merged with a Tampa studio, Beecroft-Florida Studios, in Dec 1933. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
26 Jul 33
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 33
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Apr 34
p. 66.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 April 1934
Production Date:
at Sun Haven Studios (St. Petersburg, FL)
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in feet):
5,802
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mandy, a voodoo practicing nursemaid, returns to the swamps of the Everglades with her half-white daughter Chloe and helper, Jim Strong, to exact revenge on Colonel Gordon, the man she believes is responsible for the lynching of her husband Sam fifteen years earlier. The widowed colonel, whose daughter Betty Ann drowned in the swamps at the same time that Sam was killed, lives with his niece Joyce and oversees the family turpentine factory. As Chloe, Mandy and Jim near the colonel's home, Chloe expresses doubts about her black heritage and rejects the proposal of the devoted Jim. Wade Carson, the new "Yankee" foreman of the turpentine factory, meanwhile, impresses the colonel when he discovers shortages at the factory and establishes that Mose, one of his employees, has been stealing from the company. After Wade fires Mose, Mose swears revenge and then tries to force his attentions on Chloe. Wade comes to Chloe's rescue, however, further aggravating Mose and confusing Chloe with his obvious romantic interest. Mose prepares to shoot Wade but is stopped by Joe, who is then crushed to see Wade walk Chloe home. Later, while Mandy and Mose join forces and plan their voodoo revenge, Chloe and Jim argue about Chloe's attraction to the "white northerner." Then, on the anniversary of Betty Ann's disappearance, Mandy leaves voodoo switches on the colonel's doorstep and initiates a drum-beating ceremony. During the ceremony, Mandy, who is also concerned about Chloe's interest in Wade, drugs her tea and orders Jim to take advantage of her subsequent stupor to assure their marriage. Jim refuses to seduce Chloe, but aftering spying Wade kiss Chloe, confronts ... +


Mandy, a voodoo practicing nursemaid, returns to the swamps of the Everglades with her half-white daughter Chloe and helper, Jim Strong, to exact revenge on Colonel Gordon, the man she believes is responsible for the lynching of her husband Sam fifteen years earlier. The widowed colonel, whose daughter Betty Ann drowned in the swamps at the same time that Sam was killed, lives with his niece Joyce and oversees the family turpentine factory. As Chloe, Mandy and Jim near the colonel's home, Chloe expresses doubts about her black heritage and rejects the proposal of the devoted Jim. Wade Carson, the new "Yankee" foreman of the turpentine factory, meanwhile, impresses the colonel when he discovers shortages at the factory and establishes that Mose, one of his employees, has been stealing from the company. After Wade fires Mose, Mose swears revenge and then tries to force his attentions on Chloe. Wade comes to Chloe's rescue, however, further aggravating Mose and confusing Chloe with his obvious romantic interest. Mose prepares to shoot Wade but is stopped by Joe, who is then crushed to see Wade walk Chloe home. Later, while Mandy and Mose join forces and plan their voodoo revenge, Chloe and Jim argue about Chloe's attraction to the "white northerner." Then, on the anniversary of Betty Ann's disappearance, Mandy leaves voodoo switches on the colonel's doorstep and initiates a drum-beating ceremony. During the ceremony, Mandy, who is also concerned about Chloe's interest in Wade, drugs her tea and orders Jim to take advantage of her subsequent stupor to assure their marriage. Jim refuses to seduce Chloe, but aftering spying Wade kiss Chloe, confronts Wade and tells him that she is half-black and therefore "off-limits." Although Wade is reluctant to believe Jim about Chloe, he takes seriously his warning that Mandy and Mose are plotting against him and the colonel. Mandy, meanwhile, steals a photograph of the young Betty Ann from the colonel's house. The colonel and Wade then break into Mandy's cabin and there discover the photograph with clothes that Betty Ann was wearing the day she drowned. When Chloe identifies the clothes as ones she wore as a child, the colonel becomes convinced she is his daughter. Mandy, however, denies that she kidnapped Chloe to replace her own dead child, and Joyce, who is attracted to Wade, also expresses doubts about Chloe's white parentage. At a party in her honor, a confused and distraught Chloe flees into the swamps, while the colonel and Wade, determined to prove their hunch, send the local doctor to dig up a grave that the colonel believes contains Mandy's black baby. Meanwhile, Hill and Mose ambush Chloe in the swamp and bring her to Mandy's voodoo ceremony, where they plan to sacrifice her. Wade and the colonel, however, arrive in time to save Chloe, after which the doctor confirms that the baby buried at Mandy's house is black. At last assured of her "whiteness," Chloe is free to pursue her romance with Wade. +

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