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You Came Along
Alternate Title: Don't Ever Grieve Me
Director: John Farrow (Dir)
Release Date:   14 Sep 1945
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 2 Aug 1945
Production Date:   6 Feb--6 Apr 1945
Duration (in mins):   102-103
Duration (in feet):   10,272
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Cast:   Robert Cummings (Bob Collins)  
  Introducing A New Screen Personality Lizabeth Scott (Ivy Hotchkiss, also known as "Hotcha")  
    Don DeFore (Shakespeare, also known as Captain W. Anders)  
    Charles Drake (Handsome, also known as Lieutenant R. Janoschek)  
    Julie Bishop (Joyce Heath)  
    Kim Hunter (Frances Hotchkiss)  
    Robert Sully (Bill Allen)  
    Helen Forrest (Herself)  
    Rhys Williams (Colonel Stubbs)  
    Franklin Pangborn (Hotel clerk)  
    Minor Watson (Uncle Jack)  
    Howard Freeman (Middle-aged man)  
    Andrew Tombes (Second man)  
    Lewis L. Russell (Chairman)  
    Frank Faylen (Bellboy)  
    Will Wright (Colonel Armstrong)  
    Cindy Garner (Gertrude)  
    Marjorie Woodworth (Carol Dix)  
    Ruth Roman (Gloria Revere)  
    Crane Whitley (Captain Taylor)  
    James Millican (Commander Nelson)  
    Stan Johnson (McCurren)  
    George M. Carleton (Chicago chairman)  
    John Goldsworthy (Hotel manager)  
    Joy Harrington (Hastings' secretary)  
    Bruce Warren (Airport manager)  
    Rex Lease (Airport attendant)  
    William B. Davidson (Airport official)  
    Eddie Hall (Sergeant)  
    Robert Emmett Keane (Rental agent)  
    Neal Dodd (Minister)  
    Hugh Beaumont (Chaplain)  
    Emmett Vogan (Hotel clerk)  
    Tony Hughes (Hotel clerk)  
    Betty Farrington (Hotel clerk)  
    Nolan Leary (Mailman)  
    Gayne Whitman (Master of ceremonies)  
    Paul Bratti (Headwaiter)  
    George Renevant (Headwaiter)  
    Oliver Cross (Waiter)  
    Bob Stephenson (Waiter)  
    Fredric Santley (Waiter)  
    Erno Verebes (400 Club headwaiter)  
    Jean Willes (Showgirl)  
    Jacqueleen Eskeson (Showgirl)  
    Lucy Cochrane (Showgirl)  
    Elaine Riley (Showgirl)  
    Grace Gillern (Showgirl)  
    Jayne Hazard (Blonde chorus girl)  
    Isabel Randolph (Elderly saleslady)  
    Tom Dillon (Elevator starter)  
    John James (Page boy)  
    Gerald Pierce (Bellboy)  
    Harry Barris (Bandleader)  
    Angi O. Poulos (Busboy)  
    Antonio Filauri (Café proprietor)  
    Stephen Wayne (Private)  
    Max Wagner (Taxi driver)  
    Davison Clark (Elderly guard)  
    Roberta Daniel (French maid)  
    Frances Raymond (Dowager)  
    Charles La Torre (Maestro)  
    Jean Carlin (Hat check girl)  
    Nancy Brinckman (Cigarette girl)  
    Jack Lindquist (Messenger boy)  
    Linda Ennis (Model)  
    Kathleen Dennis (Model)  
    Ann Frederick (Model)  
    Pat Dennison (Model)  
    Peggy O'Neill (Model)  
    Gloria Marlen (Flower girl)  
    Eddie Laughton (Reporter)  
    Perry Banks (Reporter)  
    Lester Dorr (Reporter)  
    Margaret Brayton (Reporter)  
    Hal K. Dawson (Reporter)  
    Bobby Larson (Boy)  
    Ralph Cathey (Boy Boys)  
    Aminta Dyne (Girl)  
    Penny Hale (Girl)  
    Margaret Bacon (Dancer)  
    Lucille Carroll (Dancer)  
    Carol Risser (Dancer)  
    Janice Cameron (Dancer)  
    June Earle (Dancer)  
    Pat Fleming (Dancer)  
    Dorothy Roberts (Dancer)  
    Linn Brown (Dancer)  
    June Harris (400 Club chorus girl)  
    Lucy Knoch (400 Club chorus girl)  
    Jerry James    

Summary: Near the end of World War II, Major Robert Collins of the United States Air Force returns to the States with fellow airmen Captain W. Anders, a former teacher nicknamed "Shakespeare," and Lieutenant R. Janoschek, an ex-prizefighter called "Handsome." Bob, who saved the lives of his two friends while overseas in combat, is on leave because he has been diagnosed with terminal leukemia and has been given at most two years to live. The three decorated officers begin a War Bond tour and are met by I. V. Hotchkiss, their chaperone from the U.S. Treasury Department, who turns out to be a woman, Ivy. Although she is stern and in command, Ivy indulges the boys' frenzy for civilian women. While in Chicago, Bob and Ivy, whom he calls "Hotcha," fall in love. In San Francisco, while in a café with Shakespeare, Hotcha meets Dr. Stubbs, who treated Bob for leukemia. Although Shakespeare tries to protect her from the truth, Hotcha knows that Bob does not have long to live. In California, at the Fliers' Chapel at the historical Mission Inn in Riverside, Hotcha's sister Frances marries a pilot named Bill, although he has been called to duty. Inspired by the young couple's romantic optimism, Hotcha and Bob marry and vow to live life to the fullest, as long as they can. They buy a house in Long Island, near the airfield where Shakespeare, Handsome and Bob will be working. A few months pass, and Bob is ordered to report to the flight surgeon. Although he is being sent to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he will probably die, he tells his friends and Hotcha that he has been ordered overseas. She sees Dr. Stubbs prepare to board with Bob, however, and learns the truth. Bob and Hotcha say good-bye, promising not to grieve over their loss, and later she receives letters from him bearing an overseas return address. One afternoon, when Shakespeare and Handsome visit Hotcha to take her out, she receives a telegram reporting Bob's death at Walter Reed Hospital. After the funeral, the boys arrive and toast Bob, and Hotcha hears Bob's voice reminding her how lucky he was and toasting the four of them. 

Production Company: Hal Wallis Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  
Director: John Farrow (Dir)
  Eddie Salven (Asst dir)
Writer: Robert Smith (Scr)
  Ayn Rand (Scr)
  Robert Smith (Orig story)
Photography: Daniel L. Fapp (Dir of photog)
  Haskell Boggs (2d cam)
Art Direction: Hans Dreier (Art dir)
  Hal Pereira (Art dir)
Film Editor: Eda Warren (Ed)
Set Decoration: Bertram Granger (Set dec)
Costumes: Edith Head (Cost)
Music: Victor Young (Mus score)
Sound: Stanley Cooley (Sd rec)
  Walter Oberst (Sd rec)
  Philip G. Wisdom (Mus mixer)
Special Effects: Gordon Jennings (Spec photog eff)
  Paul Lerpae (Spec photog eff asst)
  Farciot Edouart (Process photog)
  Loyal Griggs (Process photog asst)
Make Up: Wally Westmore (Makeup supv)
Production Misc: Col. Clarence A. Shoop (Tech adv)
  Helen Gladys Percey (Research dir)
  Dorothy Robinson (Research asst)
Country: United States

Songs: "(You Came Along from) Out of Nowhere," music and lyrics by Johnny Green and Eddie Heyman; "When Good Fellows Get Together," music by Frederick Field Bullard, lyrics by Richard Hovey; "The Army Air Corps Song," music and lyrics by Robert Crawford; "Kiss the Boys Goodbye," music by Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Frank Loesser; "Auld Lang Syne," words by Robert Burns, music Scottish traditional; "One Dozen Roses," music by Dick Jurgens and Walter Donovan, lyrics by Roger Lewis and Country Washburn.
Composer: Eddie Heyman
  Frederick Field Bullard
  Robert Burns
  Robert Crawford
  Walter Donovan
  Johnny Green
  Richard Hovey
  Dick Jurgens
  Roger Lewis
  Frank Loesser
  Victor Schertzinger
  Country Washburn

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Hal Wallis Productions, Inc. 4/7/1945 dd/mm/yyyy LP13356 Yes

PCA NO: 10775
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording

Genre: Romance
Subjects (Major): Air pilots
  Death and dying
Subjects (Minor): Chicago (IL)
  Long Island (NY)
  Officers (Military)
  Riverside (CA)
  United States. Air Force
  United States. Navy
  United States. Treasury Department
  Walter Reed Hospital (Washington, D.C.)
  War bonds
  War heroes
  War injuries
  World War II

Note: The film opens with a stanza from the poem "The Sermon of St. Francis" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "He giveth you your wings to fly/And breathe a purer air on high/And careth for you everywhere,/Who for yourselves so little care." The working title for this film was Don't Ever Grieve Me . This film marked the debut of Lizabeth Scott, whom HR called "a blonde girl with a low-pitched and vibrant voice and a fire-beneath-ice personality." According to Par News , Hal Wallis received permission from Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Hutchings, the owners of the historic Mission Inn at Riverside, CA, for the duplication of the inn for the film. The celebrated fliers' wall at the inn contains the wings of famous flyers "Hap" Arnold, James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, Amelia Earhart and Eddie Rickenbacher. The traditional ceremony in which fliers place their wings on the wall is included in this film.
       According to HR , a Beechcraft Model 18-S airplane was reproduced by the Beech Aircraft Corp. of Wichita, KS, for special air sequences, which were shot at the Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys, CA. Director John Farrow, who was sent home wounded in 1941 with the rank of commander in the Canadian Navy, was recalled to service after the completion of this film. As reported in HR , Robert Cummings was on leave from the Army Air Corps as a civilian flight instructor to make this film. Technical advisor Col. Clarence A. Shoop, who was billed onscreen as "Colonel C. A. Shoop Air Corps. U.S. Army," was the winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his work during the D-Day invasion in France as commander of the Seventh Photo Reconnaissance group of General Jimmy Doolittle's Eighth Air Force. Julie Bishop, who appears in the film, was Shoop's wife. Lizabeth Scott and Don DeFore reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 7 Jan 1946, co-starring Van Johnson. The name of the character played by Robert Cummings, "Bob Collins," was also the name of the character he portrayed in his popular television series, The Bob Cummings Show , which ran from 1955-59. In the series, his character was a former World War II pilot. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   14 Jul 1945.   
Daily Variety   5 Jul 45   p. 3.
Film Daily   5 Jul 45   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   25 Jan 45   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   6 Feb 45   p. 4, 8
Hollywood Reporter   7 Feb 45   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   20 Feb 45   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   29 Mar 45   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   30 Mar 45   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   10 Apr 45   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   24 Apr 45   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   5 Jul 45   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Jul 45   p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   10 Mar 45   p. 2354.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   7 Jul 45   p. 2533.
New York Times   5 Jul 45   p. 7.
Variety   4 Jul 45   p. 8.

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