Give My Regards to Broadway


1h 29m 1948

Brief Synopsis

The Norwick family has had a successful run on the vaudeville circuit, but now some of the family wants out. Mom is ready to retire on the family's farm, and daughter June wants to quit now that she's engaged. That only leaves Dad and his son Bert, who are happy to work as a twosome. Soon Bert's love of baseball overtakes his show biz ambitions, especially after he's offered a major league contract to play. Now he has to figure out how to break the news to his dad.

Film Details

Also Known As
Off to Buffalo, Papa Was a Juggler
Release Date
Jun 1948
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 8 Jun 1948
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Torrance, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Albert the Great & Company, which is made up of Albert Norwick, wife Fay, son Bert and daughters May and June, are a comedy jugglng act on the vaudeville circuit, and with the assistance of their agent, Toby Helper, enjoy many good bookings. When vaudeville's popularity wanes, Albert and his family leave the business and settle in Waterfield, New Jersey. There Albert takes a job as a shipping clerk at the Boyd Appliance Co., assuming that the move will be temporary. The years pass and Albert, who is still working at Boyd, is promoted to assistant foreman in charge of operations. Although the now-grown children have good jobs, Albert still regards his tenure at Boyd as a long lay-off between bookings and continues to practice juggling with Bert. The girls are encouraged to participate in rehearsals as well but, by now, have other interests; May is being courted by public accountant Frank Doty, while June is dating Arthur Waldron, Jr., whose father owns the Waldron Bottle Works. One night, a telegram arrives announcing that May and Frank have eloped. Albert is disappointed that he is losing a member of the act, but Fay tells him that May would never have been happy on the stage. A few weeks later, Toby comes to visit with news that Billy Rose is planning a big revue which might have a spot for the family's act. When Toby asks Fay privately if she really wants him to book them, she replies that she wants Albert to be happy. Bert, meanwhile, has been working in the drafting department of East Coast Electric and there meets Helen Wallace, whose father is the plant's recreation director. Wallace is pleased by posters Bert has designed for the company's baseball club and tries to recruit him for the team, believing that his ability as a juggler will be useful in the sport. When June brings Arthur to meet the family, Albert, fearful of losing another member of the act, drives him away. Later, Albert is promoted to foreman and Bert joins the baseball team. Mr. Boyd, Albert's boss, invites the family to a dance at the country club. During the evening, Albert offers to present the family's act as entertainment. June runs off embarrassed, and Albert and Bert are forced to do the act alone. Later, after June and Arthur decide to get married, the act is reduced to Albert the Great & Son. However, the Billy Rose booking fails to materialize. Bert is then offered a scholarship to M.I.T. to study electrical engineering, and Albert encourages him to accept. Toby tells Bert in confidence that the act does not have have a chance with the "old man" in it and suggests that Bert do a "single," but he turns him down. When an old family friend, August Dinkel, shows up at the Norwicks' with an offer of a guaranteed sixteen-week booking at an open-air carnival in Denver, followed by some one-night stands, Albert accepts without consulting Bert. Later, Bert asks Helen to marry him and has to tell his father that he does not want to be part of Dinkel's engagement. Bert explains to Albert that he has been enjoying himself in amateur baseball and will soon be playing in a state championship game, and he does not want to lose the scholarship opportunity. Although Bert tries to convince Albert not to give up all the years he has invested in his job, Albert feels that the entire family has turned against him but is adamant about accepting Dinkel's booking. On the day of Bert's championship game, Albert is at the railroad station waiting to leave for Denver when he hears the sounds of the game nearby and goes to see it. After watching Bert lead the team to an exciting victory, Albert goes to congratulate his son in the locker room and decides not to go to Denver after all. A couple of years later, during an anniversary party for Albert and Fay, attended by May and June, their husbands and children, as well as Bert and Helen and their baby son, Toby congratulates Albert on becoming vice-president in charge of operations, transportation and personnel at the Boyd Company. To Toby, however, he will always be Albert the Great.

Crew

Peggy Adams

Hairstylist

Louis Bacigalupi

Orchestra Arrangement

David Buttolph

Orchestra Arrangement

Bonnie Cashin

Costume Design

Les Clark

Assistant choreographer

George M. Cohan

Composer

Bill T. Coughlin

Tech adv and juggling coach

Linda Cross

Hairstylist

Hugh Cummings

Dialogue Director

Sammy Fain

Composer

Seymour Felix

Numbers conceived by

Mack Gordon

Composer

Roger Heman

Sound

Charles Henderson

Composer

Charles Henderson

Voc Arrangements

Samuel Hoffenstein

Screenwriter

Bruce Hunsaker

Grip

Harry Jackson

Director of Photography

Arthur Jacobson

Assistant Director

Duke Johnson

Tech adv and juggling coach

Weslie Jones

Script Supervisor

Irving Kahal

Composer

Natalie Kalmus

Technicolor Color Consultant

Arthur L. Kirbach

Sound

John Klempner

Based on a Story by

Ernest Lansing

Set Decoration

Charles Lemaire

Wardrobe Director

Thomas Little

Set Decoration

Cyril J. Mockridge

Orchestra Arrangement

Walter Morosco

Producer

Richard Mueller

Associate (Color)

Lionel Newman

Music Director

Ben Nye

Makeup Artist

Maurice De Packh

Orchestra Arrangement

Edward Powell

Orchestra Arrangement

Elizabeth Reinhardt

Screenwriter

William Reynolds

Film Editor

Bill Riddle

Makeup

Gene Rose

Orchestra Arrangement

Vincent Rose

Composer

Irving Rosenberg

Camera Operator

Benny Ryan

Composer

John Schonberger

Composer

Fred Sersen

Special Photography Effects

Al Siegel

Assistant choreographer

Herbert Spencer

Orchestra Arrangement

J. Russell Spencer

Art Director

Paul Stanhope

Makeup

Joseph Sullivan

Composer

Urban Thielmann

Orchestra Arrangement

Anthony Ugrin

Stills

Solly Violinsky

Composer

Francis Wheeler

Composer

Lyle Wheeler

Art Director

Adolph Winninger

Stand-in for Charles Winninger

Sam Wurtzel

Production Manager

Darryl F. Zanuck

Executive Producer

Film Details

Also Known As
Off to Buffalo, Papa Was a Juggler
Release Date
Jun 1948
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 8 Jun 1948
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Torrance, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of the film was Off to Buffalo. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the studio purchased John Klempner's unpublished story "Papa Was a Juggler" (formerly titled ". . . and Son"), in August 1946 for $7,500. In February 1947, Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhardt's screenplay became known as Off to Buffalo and was shot under that title. An opening historical montage of vaudevillians contains very brief clips from other Twentieth Century-Fox films, including Wilson with Eddie Foy, Jr., Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe with Willie Solar, Coney Island with Phyllis Kennedy and Nob Hill (see entries above and below). The CBCS lists three children portraying "Bert" at different ages but only one appears in the film, probably Dale Barringer. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Robert Arthur in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Factory exteriors were filmed in Torrance, CA. Charles Russell, who played Barbara Lawrence's husband in the film, married leading lady Nancy Guild during the production. Very brief passages from other popular songs of the period, including "Broadway Melody," "Oh, You Beautiful Doll," "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Good Morning to All" were used in the film.