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Oh, You Beautiful Doll

Oh, You Beautiful Doll(1949)

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In the film's opening credits, June Haver receives billing over Mark Stevens, but in the cast list at the end the situation is reversed. Although Ernest Palmer is listed on Hollywood Reporter production charts as the film's director of photography and James B. Clark is listed as the film editor, Henry Jackson and Louis Loeffler are credited, respectively, in those positions in the screen credits. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox, Records of the Legal Department Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the studio bought an original, unpublished, uncopyrighted preliminary treatment entitled "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" from Albert and Arthur Lewis in July 1948. The Lewises had previously acquired rights to the Fred Fisher story from his widow, Mrs. Anna Fisher Berrens. The studio paid the Lewises $50,000 and Mrs. Fisher $65,000. Writer Virginia Van Upp was briefly involved in the writing of the screenplay but, according to studio documents, no part of her version was used. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox publicity release in the AMPAS Library, June Haver played piano for the first time onscreen. As a child, Haver won three successive Cincinnati musical contests and had played the Haydn Surprise Symphony with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This was veteran director John M. Stahl's first musical and his next-to-last film. According to studio publicity, producer George Jessel arranged for Al Jolson to record the lines used in the telephone conversation in the film. Certain Twentieth Century-Fox cast lists include Eula Morgan, Edward Clark and Maurice Samuels in the cast but their appearance in the final film is doubtful. The title song was not written by Fisher, but by Nat. D. Ayer and A. Seymour Brown. Abel Green, who reviewed the film for Variety, knew the Fishers and wrote that, apart from the correct use of their names, "The rest is 100% fiction."