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Handle with Care(1932)

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The working title of this film was Divided by Two. While a November 1932 International Photographer news item pointed out that this was the first film for which John Schmitz was the photographer, after he had spent many years acting as second and first assistant cameraman, a January 1933 International Photographer news item listed Schmitz as the camera operator and Arthur Miller as the photographer. Schmitz is the only photographer credited on screen, and Miller's participation in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department and the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, both of which are located at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, this story was originally written as a starring vehicle for Sydney and Charles Chaplin, Jr., who were six and seven years old at the time. Their parents, Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey Chaplin, had divorced in 1927. A June 22, 1932 Film Daily news item noted that Lita had signed a contract with Fox for her and the boys to appear in five films over the next three years. According to modern sources, in August 1932, Chaplin filed a lawsuit against Lita, who had custody of the children, to prevent his sons from appearing in any films. Chaplin won the case, and according to their autobiographies, both Lita and Charles, Jr. felt that he had done the right thing. According to modern sources, Jane Withers is in the cast of this film, which marked her motion picture debut.