In the Meantime, Darling (1944)

72 or 74 mins | Drama | October 1944

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Army Wife , Paris, Tenn. (which HR news items referred to as Paris, Tennessee ) and I Married a Soldier . Although an 11 May 1942 HR news item stated that Twentieth Century-Fox had purchased an original story entitled "A Far Off Music," written by Ursula Parrott, and would be producing it as Army Wife , Parrott's work is not related to this picture. The Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, located at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, reveal that Parrott's story was "abandoned" and the title Army Wife was transferred to Uris' original story, entitled "Paris, Tenn." The legal files also indicate that Sylvia Regan and Michael Kanin worked on versions of the screenplay, but the extent of their contribution to the completed film has not been determined.
       HR news items noted that William Perlberg was originally scheduled to produce the picture, and that Maureen O'Hara, Anne Baxter, Dorothy McGuire, Dana Andrews, Phil Regan and William Bendix were considered for the cast. Laird Cregar was set to "impersonate Hermann Göring," according to HR , and Lillian Gish was offered an "important part." A 14 Jul 1943 HR news item noted that Archie Mayo had been assigned to direct the picture. The following actors were included in the cast by HR news items and a studio press release, although their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed: John Harvey, Hal Roach, Jr., Dave Willock, George Holmes, Trudy Marshall, Frank Harvey, Barbara Booth and Kevin ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Army Wife , Paris, Tenn. (which HR news items referred to as Paris, Tennessee ) and I Married a Soldier . Although an 11 May 1942 HR news item stated that Twentieth Century-Fox had purchased an original story entitled "A Far Off Music," written by Ursula Parrott, and would be producing it as Army Wife , Parrott's work is not related to this picture. The Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, located at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, reveal that Parrott's story was "abandoned" and the title Army Wife was transferred to Uris' original story, entitled "Paris, Tenn." The legal files also indicate that Sylvia Regan and Michael Kanin worked on versions of the screenplay, but the extent of their contribution to the completed film has not been determined.
       HR news items noted that William Perlberg was originally scheduled to produce the picture, and that Maureen O'Hara, Anne Baxter, Dorothy McGuire, Dana Andrews, Phil Regan and William Bendix were considered for the cast. Laird Cregar was set to "impersonate Hermann Göring," according to HR , and Lillian Gish was offered an "important part." A 14 Jul 1943 HR news item noted that Archie Mayo had been assigned to direct the picture. The following actors were included in the cast by HR news items and a studio press release, although their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed: John Harvey, Hal Roach, Jr., Dave Willock, George Holmes, Trudy Marshall, Frank Harvey, Barbara Booth and Kevin O'Shea. June Haver, who is included in the cast by a Nov 1943 HR news item, does not appear in the finished film. HR news items also noted that Billie Burke was originally cast as "Vera Preston," but withdrew from the cast due to prior commitments and was replaced by Mary Nash. Studio records, however, indicate that Burke was replaced after "it was decided to change the character." James Gleason was replaced in the role of "Col. Corkery" by Cliff Clark.
       According to HR news items and a studio press release, background shots were photographed at Camp Callan, near San Diego, CA; location work was done at Camp Cooke, near Lompoc, CA, and the production was delayed for approximately six weeks due to the illness of Stanley Prager. In the Meantime, Darling , which featured Jeanne Crain's first starring role, marked the screen debuts of stage actor Frank Latimore, singer Gale Robbins and former studio commissary worker Marjorie Massow. More Less

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Box Office
23 Sep 1944.
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20 Sep 44
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Jitterbug dance staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Prod mgr
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Midnight in Paris" by Con Conrad and Herb Magidson
"Indiana Stomp" by Gene Rose.
SONGS
"How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You," music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Harold Adamson.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Paris, Tenn.
I Married a Soldier
Release Date:
October 1944
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: week of 21 September 1944
Production Date:
20 December 1943--mid January 1944
25 February--early March 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 September 1944
Copyright Number:
LP13204
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72 or 74
Length(in feet):
6,368
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9930
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Due to wartime housing restrictions, Army lieutenant Daniel Ferguson must wait to marry his fiancée, Margaret Preston, until a room becomes available in the Craig Hotel, where the married officers live with their wives. The hotel, which has been taken over by the Army, can only be occupied by wives whose husbands are stationed at nearby Camp Fielding, and when an officer is shipped overseas, his wife must then vacate their room. When a room finally becomes available, Danny wires Maggie to come immediately from her home in Philadelphia, and she soon arrives with her wealthy parents, H. B. and Vera Preston. H. B. and Vera are appalled by the crowded, simple conditions that Maggie will have to endure, but Maggie is so thrilled to be marrying Danny that she does not notice. After her parents leave, however, and Danny must go to the base to work, Maggie unhappily surveys her surroundings. Although Maggie, who has always led a very privileged life, does not mean to be snobbish or rude, her expectations of being served and her lack of consideration of the other wives quickly make her an outcast. Maggie does not understand that she is supposed to pitch in, just as all the wives do, and Jerry Armstrong, who runs the hotel, is exasperated to find that Maggie is seemingly without any skills. Fed up with the situation, Maggie acts rudely to Jerry until she discovers that Jerry continued to run the hotel after her soldier husband's death overseas in order to honor his memory. Ashamed of her selfish behavior, Maggie grows more humble and, using her college training as an artist, creates ... +


Due to wartime housing restrictions, Army lieutenant Daniel Ferguson must wait to marry his fiancée, Margaret Preston, until a room becomes available in the Craig Hotel, where the married officers live with their wives. The hotel, which has been taken over by the Army, can only be occupied by wives whose husbands are stationed at nearby Camp Fielding, and when an officer is shipped overseas, his wife must then vacate their room. When a room finally becomes available, Danny wires Maggie to come immediately from her home in Philadelphia, and she soon arrives with her wealthy parents, H. B. and Vera Preston. H. B. and Vera are appalled by the crowded, simple conditions that Maggie will have to endure, but Maggie is so thrilled to be marrying Danny that she does not notice. After her parents leave, however, and Danny must go to the base to work, Maggie unhappily surveys her surroundings. Although Maggie, who has always led a very privileged life, does not mean to be snobbish or rude, her expectations of being served and her lack of consideration of the other wives quickly make her an outcast. Maggie does not understand that she is supposed to pitch in, just as all the wives do, and Jerry Armstrong, who runs the hotel, is exasperated to find that Maggie is seemingly without any skills. Fed up with the situation, Maggie acts rudely to Jerry until she discovers that Jerry continued to run the hotel after her soldier husband's death overseas in order to honor his memory. Ashamed of her selfish behavior, Maggie grows more humble and, using her college training as an artist, creates a lovely sign for an upcoming dance to honor a visiting general. Maggie becomes friendly with the other wives, especially Shirley, the wife of Danny's best pal, Lt. Philip "Red" Pianatowski. A month later, on the afternoon of the dance, Danny works with some of the other soldiers to decorate the hall and is bewildered by the snide comments of his comrades, who accuse him of being a shirker. At the hotel, Maggie confesses to Danny that she asked her influential father to arrange for him to be kept at the camp as the adjutant so that he would not be shipped overseas. Furious at Maggie's interference, Danny storms out, and Maggie tearfully packs her bags to go home. When Danny returns with Red, they find an infant care book that Maggie had been studying in order to help the other wives, and mistakenly assume that she is pregnant. Danny then rushes to the station to find Maggie, who is confused but pleased by his insistence that she return. The couple attend the dance, and Red tells Shirley about Maggie's supposed pregnancy. Shirley informs Maggie, who is trying to tell Danny the truth when the company receives word that they are being shipped out. Horrified, Maggie tells Danny that she is not pregnant, and the disappointed Danny walks away. Jerry comforts Maggie and encourages her to be more supportive of her husband's efforts to serve his country, and when Danny runs back in, Maggie embraces him warmly. The couple reassure each other of their love, and after Danny leaves, Maggie and Shirley prepare to move out of the hotel and find jobs in the defense industry. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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