Cast & Crew
Leonard Borland is a New York based wrecking contractor whose wife, Doris, has a great interest in classical singing. Having recently slept through most of an opera, Leonard is dismayed when his father-in-law, Major Blair, informs him that Doris is taking the advice of her music-loving mother and is about to recommence singing lessons. Hugo, Doris' teacher, tells her that she could be one of the finest singers in the country were it not for Leonard's bullheaded attitude. Later, when Doris announces that she is going to give a recital, the financially strapped Leonard and his partner, Mike Craig, try to persuade their customers and associates to buy tickets to the concert in order to defray the cost of renting the auditorium. On the day of her recital, Doris discovers that Rudolf Hertz, an influential critic, was misinformed about the concert date, and Leonard is dispatched to track him down. At Hertz's home, meanwhile, opera singer Cecil Carver complains to Hertz that she cannot find a suitable baritone to sing opposite her in a new production. Leonard arrives at the Hertz home and is unable to persuade Hertz to attend the recital but does arouse Cecil's romantic interest. Cecil attends the recital, which is a big success, due largely to the number of friends in the audience. After Leonard discovers that Doris is now planning a concert tour, Cecil phones him offering to give her professional evaluation of the recital. At her apartment, she tells Leonard that Doris has only a "pleasant, little talent." Because Cecil is scheduled to sing a popular song later that evening, she asks Leonard to remind her of the lyrics and is astonished to discover that he has an excellent operatic voice. When she suggests that he take lessons with a view to singing with the Philharmonic, he balks until she insinuates he could "one-up" his wife. Later, Doris' projected tour is canceled because of competing attractions, and Cecil gives a recital in Pittsburgh, at which she successfully introduces a new American baritone, "Mr. Logan Bennett." After the concert Leonard phones Doris, who thinks he is on the road arranging wrecking contracts, and then resists Cecil's attempts to seduce him. The recitals continue in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Rossi, Cecil's manager, is excited by the press's reception of Leonard, and Leonard is really enjoying himself. However, when he returns home, he finds that Doris is being treated for shock because of a disastrous booking at a movie palace. Doris tells Leonard that she cannot make a career as a singer, but her mother has arranged a celebratory cocktail party to which she has invited Cecil and her accompanist, Wilkins. Leonard's nervous reaction to the news makes Doris realize that he has been with Cecil. When Cecil tells Doris that Leonard means nothing to her and that he has only been performing with her, everyone is dumbfounded by the notion of Leonard singing, and he is challenged to perform. He obliges with "The Toreador Song," and Doris is suitably chagrined. Later that night, Doris tells Leonard to leave and never return. A few days later, Leonard is awakened in a hotel room by the manager, who tells him that his check has bounced. He phones home but is told that Doris has gone to Palm Beach. As Craig has gone fishing, Leonard asks their secretary, Carol, to bring cash to the hotel. Rossi then calls with an offer for Leonard to sing with the Scala opera company at $500 per week, and Leonard accepts. Doris and her parents attend Leonard's debut. Just before curtain time, Leonard gets stage fright, so Cecil gives him some pills, then Wilkins gives him a potion and his makeup man another potion of which he consumes several glasses. As a result, Leonard feels quite sick and a little drunk, arrives on stage prematurely, and falls down a flight of stairs at center stage. He is dragged off, much to the audience's amusement. When it really is his cue, he is not there. Eventually, he stumbles on, catches his prop chains on a flat support and crashes to the stage again. The rest of the cast struggle to continue the opera while endeavoring to get Leonard off stage. However, he returns, wreaks more havoc and falls into the orchestra pit. After the performance, a livid Cecil slaps Leonard and tells him to leave. Doris comes to his dressing room and they make up. Craig shows up with his wife to tell Leonard that, if they can be on a train to Houston within an hour, they can get a very lucrative wrecking contract. Then, on board the train, as they all burst into a rendition of "Beyond the Blue Horizon," Craig discovers that his own wife has quite a voice.
Robert Emmett Keane
Bill Graeff Jr
Lulu Mae Bohrman
T. H. Baker
May H. Brahe
Paul S. Fox
W. Franke Harling
R. L. Hough
Betty Ruth Huff
Joseph La Shelle
Charles Le Maire
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini
Mal St. Clair
Richard A. Whiting
Darryl F. Zanuck
Everybody Does It (1949) - Everybody Does It
James M. Cain's short story, Career in C Major had been purchased by Fox in 1937, and the novel published in American Magazine as Two Can Sing in 1938. It was first adapted for the screen by Nunnally Johnson as Wife, Husband and Friend in 1939, starring Loretta Young and Warner Baxter. Everybody Does It was a remake of the original film, with Johnson reworking his 1939 script with veteran comedy director Mal St. Clair helping with comedic routines. Edmund Goulding directed Everybody Does It, which had working titles of Her Master's Voice and Strange Bedfellows. Production began at the Twentieth Century-Fox lot on February 21, 1949 and lasted until March 31, with New York City Opera baritone Stephen Kemalyan dubbing Douglas and San Francisco Opera soprano Helen Spann dubbing Darnell. The opera Darnell sings, L'Amore di Fatima was written by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (whose real name appears on posters in the film) and the operatic staging was done by Vladimir Rosing.
Douglas, a former radio announcer who became a star on Broadway in 1946 with his debut performance as Harry Brock in Born Yesterday with Judy Holliday, became a movie star in his first film, A Letter to Three Wives, which resulted in him being voted (along with his A Letter to Three Wives co-star, Kirk Douglas) as one of the "Stars of Tomorrow" by movie distributors in the United States. Heavy-set and not classically handsome, Douglas was an unlikely leading man, but he made it on sheer acting talent and charisma.
Released on October 25, 1949, Everybody Does It got a stellar review from the normally curmudgeonly Bosley Crowther of The New York Times who saved the majority of his praise for Douglas' performance, "The robust comic talent which Paul Douglas nobly revealed in Twentieth Century-Fox's A Letter to Three Wives was obviously not to be neglected [...] A talent like that of Mr. Douglas is a rare and cherishable thing (we almost described it as fragile, but that wouldn't be precisely the word). So now it is not surprising that Mr. Douglas is triumphantly brought forth as the whole cheese in Everybody Does It [...] Nor is it resultantly surprising that Mr. Douglas, given his head and a very fat part on which to use it, turns in a highly funny job. [...] For finally Mr. Douglas [...] has an unlimited range for farce. He blusters and blows through the picture, growling in husbandly wrath, puckering his brows in dumb confusion and tearing his clothes in blank dismay. He tosses wry lines in hot profusion. And when he is suddenly convinced he has a voice, he puts it to shattering employment in some screamingly funny slapstick scenes."
Darnell and Douglas would reprise their roles on a March 2, 1950 radio broadcast of The Screen Guild Theater and would co-star once again in The Guy Who Came Back (1951).
Producer: Nunnally Johnson
Director: Edmund Goulding
Screenplay: Nunnally Johnson; James M. Cain (story)
Cinematography: Joseph LaShelle
Art Direction: Richard Irvine, Lyle Wheeler
Music: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alfred Newman
Film Editing: Robert Fritch
Cast: Paul Douglas (Leonard Borland aka Logan Bennett), Linda Darnell (Cecil Carver), Celeste Holm (Doris Blair Borland), Charles Coburn (Major Blair), Millard Mitchell (Mike Craig), Lucile Watson (Mrs. Blair), John Hoyt (Wilkins), George Tobias (Rossi), Leon Belasco (Prof. Hugo), Tito Vuolo (Makeup man).
by Lorraine LoBianco
American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films: 1941-1950
Crowther, Bosley "Paul Douglas Stars in Roxy's 'Everybody Does It,' Film by Nunnally Johnson" The New York Times 26 Oct 49
Davis, Ronald L. Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream
The Internet Movie Database
"Love That Brute" Life 10 Oct 49
Everybody Does It (1949) - Everybody Does It
This film's working titles were Strange Bedfellows and Her Master's Voice. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the studio bought James M. Cain's unpublished, uncopyrighted short novel Career in C Major on March 3, 1937 for $8,000. The novel was subsequently published as Two Can Sing in the April 1938 issue of American Magazine but was not published in book form, under its original title, until 1945. For Everybody Does It, the studio contracted noted composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco to create and supervise the operatic sequences. Although, a studio cast list includes a character named "Angelo," played by Kay Bell, Bell was not seen in the viewed print. Cain's story was first filmed in 1939 as Wife, Husband and Friend (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.5101) for which Nunnally Johnson wrote the screenplay. Johnson, who was also an associate producer of the earlier version, updated his screenplay for Everybody Does It and was assisted with "comedy routines" by veteran director Mal St. Clair.