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Up in Mabel's Room

Up in Mabel's Room(1944)

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The film opens with the following written prologue: "Warning!" In spite of anything you May have heard to the contrary, this is a war picture! It takes great courage to bomb Berlin-to fight the Japs in the jungles of the Pacific-to push the Nazis out of Africa and off the Mountains of Italy-But did you ever try to keep a secret from your wife? Brother, that's war!" News items in Hollywood Reporter yield the following information about this production: In early November 1943, Ray McCarey was slated to direct, but was replaced at the last minute by Allan Dwan. Also in early November 1943, Franchot Tone was announced to play the lead. In mid-November 1943, Joan Bennett was set to play "Mabel," but quit the project over a billing dispute. Gail Patrick, who was intially cast as "Alicia," was then assigned to play "Mabel." The production was shut down on December 22, 1943 after Mischa Auer collapsed and had to be hospitalized. Marjorie Reynolds was borrowed from Paramount to appear in this film. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score.
       In 1926, PDC filmed a version of the Otto Harbach and Wilson Collison play, directed by E. Mason Hopper and starring Marie Provost and Harrison Ford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5995). The 1945 UA film Getting Gertie's Garter, which was also directed by Dwan and starred Dennis O'Keefe, also featured a comic misunderstanding arising from a ladies' undergarment.