Today We Live
The American Film Institute Catalog notes that "A November 1932 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Phillips Holmes was to co-star with Joan Crawford. Charles "Buddy" Rogers was then announced as a possible co-star in early December 1932. According to a mid-December Hollywood Reporter news item, MGM did not begin negotiating for Gary Cooper [with his home studio, Paramount] until two weeks after production was scheduled to start. These news items conflict with some modern sources, which state that Cooper, Robert Young and Franchot Tone had been selected by Hawks before Crawford was approached with the script. According to IP, photographer Elmer Dyer spent several weeks filming the aerial sequences for the film at March Field in California. Modern sources note that General Douglas MacArthur reserved the field for the studio's use."
As Bruce F. Kawin wrote in his book Faulkner's MGM Screenplays "When a 135-minute version was previewed in Pasadena [California, a suburb of Los Angeles] on 16 March, Variety found Today We Live engrossing, predicted great box-office success, and objected to the monosyllabic dialogue. When the final 110-minute version was shown in New York on 14 April, however, Variety panned it: the film was 20 minutes too long. Crawford was unconvincing, Hawks used too much aerial footage from Hell's Angels (1930), the "Gowns by Adrian" were extreme and annoying, and the story was superficial...MGM's publicity department issued a press kit that played up the romantic interest between "Glorious Joan!" and "Ardent Gary!" "Can any woman be faithful," they asked, "in the heart of one man and in the arms of another?"
In real life, Joan Crawford, who didn't want to make the film in the first place, ended up in the arms of the man who played her brother, Franchot Tone. The two met for the first time during production of Today We Live, and eventually married.
Producer: Howard Hawks
Director: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson
Screenplay: William Faulkner, Edith Fitzgerald, Dwight Taylor
Cinematography: Oliver T. Marsh
Film Editing: Edward Curtiss
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Music: William Axt, David Snell, Herbert Stothart
Cast: Joan Crawford (Diana Boyce-Smith), Gary Cooper (Lt. Richard Bogard), Robert Young (Lt. Claude Hope), Franchot Tone (Lt. Ronnie Boyce-Smith), Roscoe Karns (Lt. Mac McGinnis), Louise Closser Hale (Applegate).
by Lorraine LoBianco
Hawks on Hawks , by Joseph McBride
Faulkner's MGM Screenplays by Bruce F. Kawin
The American Film Institute Catalog