Blonde Trouble


1h 7m 1937

Brief Synopsis

Fred Stevens (Johnny Downs), on his way to New York City with hopes of succeeding as a songwriter, meets and falls in love with Edna Baker, an employee in a dentist's office. In New York, Fred meets Paul Sears (William Demarest), a broken-down songwriter, his wife Lucille (Helen Flint) and her gold-digging sister, Eileen Fletcher (Terry Walker.) They are indifferent to him until they discover he has his life's savings with him. Eileen makes plans to marry Fred and ignores her song-publishing boy friend, Joe Hart (Lynne Overman.) Fred and Paul write a song together and take it to Hart, who sees a way to get Eileen off his hands by giving Fred a large advance. Fred, who is completely swayed by Eileen, parts with Edna. Hart continues the advances but when Fred and Paul go to him asking why the song hasn't been published, Hart tells them it isn't any good and he was using Fred to help rid him of Eileen. Fred now realizes he loves Edna. A popular radio singer sees Fred's song in Hart's office and sings it on the air, and it becomes a hit.

Film Details

Also Known As
Goodnight, Ladies
Release Date
Aug 6, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play June Moon by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman (New York, 9 Oct 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

While Heading to "Tin Pan Alley" from Schenectady, New York, aspiring songwriter Frederick Stevens meets Edna Baker on the train, and they develop an instant friendship, agreeing to meet for dinner every Wednesday night. In the meantime, via a letter of introduction, Fred meets songwriter Paul Sears, his wife Lucille, and her gold digging sister, Eileen Fletcher. After teaming up with pianist Maxie Schwartz, Paul and Fred compose music to Fred's lyrics "It Was All in Fun," which was inspired by Edna. Fred's song is purchased by Eileen's boyfriend, music publisher Joe Hart, who hopes to get rid of Eileen by getting her interested in Fred. As hoped, both Fred and Eileen are so enthralled with Fred's immediate success that they become engaged. Their joy comes to an end when they discover Hart's plan, however, and Eileen dumps Fred, who has been ignoring Edna. Hoping to save Fred from his despair, Maxie plays his song on the radio hour, and it becomes a big hit. The next day, famous singers clamor for the song, and Maxie, Paul and Fred are hired by a Hollywood studio. Fred returns to Edna, whom he has loved all along, and marries her.

Film Details

Also Known As
Goodnight, Ladies
Release Date
Aug 6, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play June Moon by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman (New York, 9 Oct 1929).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

The "Pals" of Hector and His Pals are trained dogs who appear in the film. An early script in the AMPAS script files is entitled Goodnight, Ladies. Another film based on the same source is Paramount's 1931 June Moon, directed by A. Edward Sutherland and starring Jack Oakie and Frances Dee (see below).