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The Life of Vergie Winters

The Life of Vergie Winters(1934)

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Louis Bromfield's short story was republished as "The Life of Vergie Winters" in his Awake and Rehearse (New York, 1931). The working title of the film was Vergie Winters. Hollywood Reporter incorrectly spells the title character's name as "Virgie" in reviews and news items. RKO borrowed John Boles from Fox for this production. Hollywood Reporter and Film Daily news items add Caryl Lincoln, Dagmar Oakland, Helen Eby-Rock, Edith Fellows and Virginia Kami to the cast, while Motion Picture Herald's "In the Cutting Room" adds Alan Birmingham as a cast member. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to censorship files in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Joseph I. Breen, Director of Studio Relations of the MPPDA, warned writer Jane Murfin and producers Pandro Berman and William Sistrom in a March 27, 1934 letter that the film probably would be denied approval because it tended to "justify adultery." After several "final" scripts were sent to Breen, he gave his approval on April 27, 1934. In July 1934, The Life of Vergie Winters was included on the Catholic Church's "films to be boycotted" list, which was published in Hollywood Reporter. In addition, the film was banned by the censorship board in Chicago, as noted in a Film Daily news item. Modern sources add Jed Prouty (Reverend), Mary McLaren (Nurse) and Betty Mack (Della, the maid) to the cast.