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King of Burlesque(1936)

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Vina Delmar's unpublished, uncopyrighted story was entitled "The Day Never Came," which was one of the film's working titles; the other working title was Blue Chips. According to various news items, the film was under preparation by Fox Film Corp. in 1934 as a Erich Pommer production. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, an early draft of the screenplay was entitled "Mr. Manhattan." According to an Hollywood Reporter news item, Irving Cummings was originally scheduled to direct, but by the time shooting was to begin, he had not sufficiently recovered from a recent operation. In November 1935, Darryl Zanuck wrote a memo to the Screen Achievements Bulletin complaining that they had included too many contributing writers in their listings, in view of the regulation that a writer had to contribute at least 10% of the film to be listed as a contributor. In subsequent Screen Achievements Bulletin listing, only William Hurlbut was listed as a contributor, in addition to the writers who received screen billing. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Victor Baravalle, the head of M-G-M's music department, was loaned to Fox to be the musical director of this film. Earle Hodgins and Earl Clyde are listed as cast members in a Hollywood Reporter production chart, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1943, Twentieth Century-Fox produced a remake entitled Hello, Frisco, Hello that did not credit Delmar with the story. That film was directed by Bruce Humberstone and starred Faye, Oakie and John Payne.