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So's Your Uncle

So's Your Uncle(1943)

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The working title of this film was Let Yourself Go. Hollywood Citizen-News reported in May 1947 that a plagiarism suit concerning this film was successfully filed against Universal and writer Clyde Bruckman by the Harold Lloyd Corp. According to the article, the San Francisco Ninth United States Court of Appeals upheld a $40,000 judgment against Universal, finding that fifty-seven scenes were lifted for this film from the 1931 Lloyd feature Movie Crazy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films; 1931-40; F3.2978). The court stated that the plagiarism was a deliberate action, as Bruckman had been both the director and a writer on the Lloyd film. According to a December 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item, Walter J. Wise filed a second plagiarism suit against Universal and writer Leonard Lee, claiming that this film was based on his original story "The Young Lady with Gray Hair." That suit, filed in Los Angeles in December 1947, sought $30,000 for use of the story as well as $20,000 in punitive damages for benefits lost that "might have been derived through screen credit and trade paper advertising." The final disposition of this case is not known.