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Irene(1940)

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Marionettes of Anna Neagle and Ray Milland appear throughout the opening credits and briefly in the end credits after the stars names reappear. Although the names of Martha Tilton, Hattie Noel and The Dandridge Sisters are not in the opening or closing credits, they appear as written credits of the "Moviebone Newsreel," which is part of the musical revue that Irene attends. While most of the film was in black and white, the lengthy sequence of the night of the ball is in color, beginning with the opening shot of Neagle as "Irene O'Dare" in the "Alice Blue Gown" and ending the next day when a title card announces "The grey light of morning." Anthony Collins received an Academy Award nomination in the Music (Scoring) category.
       According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter in June 1934, M-G-M was negotiating for the rights to the play at that time. A silent film based on James H. Montgomery's musical-comedy was produced by First National in 1926, starring Colleen Moore and directed by Alfred E. Green (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2731). In 1936, Jeanette MacDonald starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of the play.