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Let's Fall in Love
Director: David Burton (Dir)
Release Date:   26 Dec 1933
Production Date:   23 Oct--18 Nov 1933
Duration (in mins):   67 or 73
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Edmund Lowe (Ken [Lane])  
    Ann Sothern (Jean [Kendall, also known as Sigrid Lund])  
    Miriam Jordan (Gerry [Marsh])  
    Gregory Ratoff (Max [Hooper])  
    Greta Meyer (Lisa [Bjorkman])  
    Betty Furness (Linda)  
    Arthur Jarrett (Composer)  
    Anderson Lawler (Allen [Foster])  
    Tala Birell ([Hedwig] Forsell)  
    Ruth Warren (Nellie)  
    Marjorie Gateson (Agatha [Holmes])  
    John Qualen (Svente Bjorkman)  
    Niles Welch (Archie Frost)  
    Kane Richmond (Ray)  
    Ethel Clayton (Star)  
    Lorin Raker (Secretary)  
    Selmer Jackson (Barton)  
    Charles Giblyn (Garland)  
    Michael Visaroff (Trent)  
    Edwin Stanley (Roland Markwell)  
    Consuelo Baker (Mildred)  
    Sven Hugo Borg (Eric)  

Summary: On a sound stage at Premier Pictures in Hollywood, successful film director Ken Lane is preparing to shoot the next scene of his new production, a five-year-old pet project set in Sweden. Tempestuous star Hedwig Forsell, whom Ken discovered, becomes irritated with her maid for a small oversight, then stalks off the set after claiming that the script is "bunk" and vowing to return home. Despite producer Max Hooper's efforts to defuse the situation, Ken refuses to play "wet nurse to a flat-footed Swede." When Max suggests replacing Hedwig with an American, Ken insists that his film needs a Swedish actress who can sing well. The New York office pressures Max to shut down the production, but Ken keeps hoping to discover his elusive star. When Ken and his fiancĂ©e, Gerry Marsh, visit a circus, Ken is taken with the beautiful Jean Kendall, a sideshow concession worker with a fake French accent. Although she does not initially believe Ken's promise to make her a movie actress, he convinces her to give it a try. Ken places Jean in the home of Lisa and Svente Bjorkman, from whom she learns the customs and language of Sweden. Ken is able to stall Max's cancellation of the project for another five weeks, and after Jean successfully passes herself off to a group of Lisa's friends, Ken believes that she is ready for Max. Jean, who has fallen in love with Ken, is disappointed to learn that he is engaged. Consoled by Lisa, Jean nonetheless hopes that one day Ken will love her. Ken tells Max about Jean, whom he has renamed Sigrid Lund, and convinces him that she is reluctant to become an actress. Max invites Jean to lunch and believes, after much effort, that he has convinced her to sign a seven-year contract with his studio. After Jean performs a love scene with Ken as a screen test, Gerry views the developed footage and becomes convinced that Jean, whom she recognizes from the circus, is too realistic in her performance. As the publicity for the new star fills headlines across the country, Max invites the press and representatives of the film industry to meet Jean at his home in Santa Monica. As Sigrid begins to sing at the party, the drunken and jealous Gerry exposes the scam and walks out on Ken. Max, infuriated with Ken for not telling him of his decision to cast an American instead of a Swede, lashes out at the director, who resigns the next morning. After Jean disappears, the public swamps theater owners with letters demanding that her film be released. Max, realizing that it was a mistake to lose the star and her director, offers to renegotiate with Ken, who will return to the studio only if Jean is found. Learning from Lisa that Jean has returned to the circus, Ken trails her to Kansas City, where the reunited couple declare their love. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Production Text: Harry Cohn, President
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: David Burton (Dir)
  Arthur Black (Asst dir)
Producer: Felix Young (Assoc prod)
Writer: Herbert Fields (Story and scr)
Photography: Benjamin Kline (Photog)
Film Editor: Gene Milford (Film ed)
Music: Bakaleinikoff (Mus dir)
Sound: George Cooper (Sd eng)
Country: United States

Songs: "Let's Fall in Love" and "Love Is Love Anywhere," music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler.
Composer: Harold Arlen
  Ted Koehler

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. 5/1/1934 dd/mm/yyyy LP4387

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Noiseless Recording

 
Genre: Comedy-drama
  Comedy-drama
Sub-Genre: with songs
  Show business
 
Subjects (Major): Hollywood (CA)
  Impersonation and imposture
  Motion picture actors and actresses
  Motion picture directors
  Publicity
 
Subjects (Minor): Circuses
  Contracts
  Deception
  Engagements
  Jealousy
  Letters
  Motion picture producers
  Parties
  Santa Monica (CA)
  Swedish Americans

Note: Although contemporary reviews list only two songs, "Let's Fall in Love" and "Love Is Love Anywhere," modern sources list two additional songs, "Breakfast Ball" and "This is Only the Beginning," which were not included in the final print. The story was remade by Columbia in 1949 under the title Slightly French , directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Dorothy Lamour. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   6 Jan 34   p. 3.
Film Daily   20 Jan 34   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   9-Jan-34   
Motion Picture Herald   13 Jan 34   p. 39.
New York Times   22 Jan 34   p. 12.
Variety   23 Jan 34   p. 13.

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