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The Firefly(1937)

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The preview running time for the film was 140 minutes. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item in August 1936, Ogden Nash's preparation of a treatment of the original Otto A. Harbuach, Rudolf Friml operetta was his first assignment in Hollywood. A May 25, 1937 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that music director Herbert Stothart, accompanied by Leon Raab (music arranger) and Mike McLaughlin (sound recorder), had just returned from Mexico where they had recorded music for the film. The song "The Donkey Serenade" became one of the most popular songs of the year after its appearance in the film. The song was re-written by composers Rudolf Friml, Bob Wright and Chet Forrest from an earlier song Friml had composed entitled "Chanson." A Hollywood Reporter news item on June 8, 1937 noted that because of the cost, M-G-M was going to take a $300,000 loss on the picture. Jeanette MacDonald married Gene Raymond on June 16, 1937, just after her scenes in the picture were completed. Portions of the film were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA.