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Springtime in the Rockies(1942)


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Although Philip Wylie's story was published under the title "Second Honeymoon," it was purchased by Twentieth Century-Fox under the title "Worship the Sun." A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Frederick Jackson was working on the picture's script, but the extent of his contribution to the completed film has not been confirmed. According to a December 20, 1941 story outline, contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, Fred Astaire and Rudy Vallee were originally considered for the male leads. According to the the Records of the Legal Department, also at UCLA, the studio paid $1,000 for a waiver from Villa Moret, Inc, the copyright proprietors of the song "When It's Springtime in the Rockies," so that there would be no legal conflict using the title Springtime in the Rockies. The legal records also reveal that Twentieth Century-Fox paid approximately $1,160 to Republic Pictures, which had prior claim on the title for use on a Roy Rogers picture. That film was then released as Romance on the Range in 1942. A June 22, 1942 studio press release noted that the songs "Magazines" and "I Like to Be Loved By You," written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, were to be included in the film, although they were not included in the finished picture. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio intended to shoot the picture on location at Lake Louise in Canada due to "defense regulations hindering exterior shooting in the Hollywood area." Only background shots were filmed in Canada, however. "I Had the Craziest Dream," which is sung by Harry James's band singer Helen Forrest in the film, became one of Betty Grable's signature songs. Grable and James were married in 1943, and according to modern sources, they named their first-born daughter, Victoria Elizabeth, after the character Grable played in this film. The couple were divorced in 1965. Grable starred with Dick Powell in the Lux Radio Theatre version of the film, which was broadcast on May 22, 1944. Twentieth Century-Fox first filmed Wylie's story in 1936 under the title Second Honeymoon. That picture was directed by Walter Lang and starred Tyrone Power and Loretta Young (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3939). The legal records reveal that in 1946, the studio intended to film another remake, entitled Autumn in Acapulco, but that version was never produced.