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Second Honeymoon(1937)

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According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the studio purchased Philip Wylie's story before publication when it was entitled Worship the Sun. According to New York Times, Marjorie Weaver, through her role in this film, won the patronage of Loretta Young, who induced the studio to give her a chance in a leading role in a film. Daily Variety expressed pleasure with Weaver and commented that she "has a fresh, unspoiled charm and vivacity, an ingenuous frankness and attractive personality, which completely captivated the preview audience...." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Phyllis Brooks was forced to withdraw from the cast because of illness, and she was replaced by Louise Henry. Henry was subsequently replaced by Claire Trevor in the role of "Marcia."
       According to the legal records, this film marked the first time that the I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees) legend was used in the credits of a Twentieth Century-Fox film. Correspondence in the records states that the producers' organization had recently agreed to include the legend on all films. The legal records also indicate that producer Larry Darmour applied for an injunction to keep Twentieth Century-Fox from using the title Second Honeymoon. Darmour contended that he owned the rights to a British novel entitled The Second Honeymoon, which his company, Continental Talking Pictures, produced as a film in 1930 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4876) and that the release of a Twentieth Century-Fox film of the same title would interfere with a release of a remake of the novel, if he decided to produce one. After a New York court denied Darmour's application for injunction, Darmour threatened to start a suit in England. Additionally, Darmour wrote a letter of complaint to Will H. Hays, MPPDA President, and threatened to take the matter up with the Department of Justice, claiming that Twentieth Century-Fox ignored his claim to the title because he was an independent producer. No further information concerning Darmour's subsequent actions was found in the legal records. In 1942, Twentieth Century-Fox released another film based on the same source, entitled Springtime in the Rockies, which was directed by Irving Cummings and starred Betty Grable, John Payne, Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero.