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The Gilded Lily

The Gilded Lily(1935)

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This film's title was briefly changed to One Night Like This but, according to Daily Variety, exhibitors insisted that the studio retain the original title. As reported in Daily Variety, Paramount was unable to find an English actor suitable for the lead in this film and tried to borrow Franchot Tone from M-G-M, but was turned down because he was already at work on Paramount's Lives of a Bengal Lancer and M-G-M wanted him back as soon as that film was completed. Daily Variety also reported that the reception of the film following its preview was so favorable that Paramount decided to make a permanent directing/writing team of Wesley Ruggles and Claude Binyon. According to the Paramount Script Collection at the AMPAS Library, this film was based in part on Melville Baker and Jack Kirkland's original screen story "Gaby Deslys." The title is presumably a reference to a French dancer named Gaby Deslys, who was famous in the teens and made her screen debut in the Paramount film Her Triumph (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1929). Hollywood Reporter production charts add Hyman Fink, Jack Albin and Bill Phillips to the cast; although it is unclear whether or not they appear in the final print. According to a February 13, 1935 Hollywood Reporter news item, "Restless," an incidental musical theme in The Gilded Lily, music by Tom Satterfield, lyrics by Sam Coslow, was being issued in sheet music form by Abe Frankl of Famous Music Company. This film marked the first of seven films in which Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray starred between 1935 and 1948. Colbert and MacMurray recreated their roles in The Gilded Lily on January 11, 1937 in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast. The 1921 Paramount romantic comedy The Gilded Lily is unrelated to the 1935 film, although the plot has some similarities (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2072).