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Captain January(1936)

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According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, writer Jack McGowan was assigned to the film for one day but did no work on it. Some scenes were shot at Point Lobos State Park in CA. Hollywood Reporter production charts list as cast members Gareth Joplin and Mary Carr. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The film was previewed in Long Beach on January 29, 1936. An aria from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor, originally written as a sextette, was performed in the film by Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee and Slim Summerville. Time noted that this film broke box office records in Milwaukee, Portland, ME, Dayton, Richmond, Cincinnati, Boston and Baltimore.
       According to news items and information in the legal records, the publisher L. C. Page and Co. sought an injunction against the film's distribution, claiming that they acquired the motion picture rights to the novel in 1923. After the U.S. Circuit Court for the 2d Circuit decreed a preliminary injunction, Twentieth Century-Fox agreed to pay a settlement of $50,000. Distribution of the film was held up until the settlement was reached. An earlier film based on the same source was made in 1924 by Principal Pictures; it was directed by Edward F. Cline and starred Hobart Bosworth and Baby Peggy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0776).