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Hat Check Girl(1932)

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The plot was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, and the onscreen credits were taken from a screen credits sheet in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, both of which are at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. Some sources erroneously list Ben Lyon's role as "Robert Collins," Arthur Pierson's as "Felix Cornwall" and Monroe Owsley's as "Ted Reese."
       According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the story for this film was not submitted to the Hays Office for approval before production began. Jason S. Joy, Director of the Studio Relations Department of the AMPP, wrote to Fox production head Winfield R. Sheehan and complained that that "had we seen this story earlier we would have suggested that you change the name and characteristics of Tony Carlucci. The Italians, through their representatives in Washington, have been making strenuous protests against the depiction of Italian characters as bootleggers and as 'heavies.'" After the film was completed, Joy wrote the studio concerning a scene in which two of the female characters undress, which, to Joy, exemplified an undesirable trend in the movies. He suggested "the toning down, whenever possible, of such an undress scene as the one where the two girls are changing their clotes, while carrrying on an off-hand conversation. It is becoming more and more general for directors to 'dress up' such dialogue scenes by undressing the woman participants; and while these scenes are usually done without undue offense, their cumulative effect in a series of pictures is unfortunate, as it gives the impression that we are featuring semi-nudity for its own sake, and when the story does not actually demand it." In April 1937, when Twentieth Century-Fox applied to the PCA for a certificate for re-issue of the film, the PCA replied that the film, which they described as a "story of loose sex, treated without proper compensating moral values," seemed to be unacceptable under the Production Code, and suggested that the studio withdraw their application for certification.
       The following additional credits were taken from modern sources: Dialogue Director Arthur Kober; Cast Lee Moran (Man on subway), Iris Meredith (Saleslady), Eddie Anderson (Waiter), Fred Toones (Bellman), Henry Armetta (Water wagon driver), Richard Carle (Professor), Richard Tucker (Mr. Reynolds), Manya Roberti (Dancer), Betty Elliott, Bert Roach, Astrid Allwyn, Greta Granstedt, Arthur Housman, Joyce Compton (Party guests).