I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby


1h 1m 1940

Brief Synopsis

When Public Enemy No. 3 Sonny McGann (Broderick Crawford) meets composer Bob Gunther (Johnny Downs), he gets the idea of having Bob write music to a poem he has written about his long-lost sweetheart Sadie McGlonsky. Somewhere between kidnapping and gentle persuasion, Sonny takes Bob and his girlfriend Linda Carroll (Peggy Moran) to his penthouse hideout and orders Bob to write the music. After completion, Sonny and his mob use some strong-arm persuasion to get it on "The Hit Parade." Bob tries to trick Sonny saying he can't write any more music because of his unrequited love for music comedy star Magda Delys (Gertrude Michael). Sonny's solution is to have his men bring Magda and a minister with a marriage license to the penthouse. Bob is forced to begin the ceremony but Public Enemy No. 2, Big Foot Louie (Warren Hymer), barges in and reveals that his own hobby is writing music. And Sonny recognizes Magda as his long-lost love Sadie McGlonsky. He and Big Foot decide to quit the rackets and surrender to the District Attorney so they can collaborate on writing hit songs "in the pen."

Film Details

Also Known As
Trouble in B Flat
Release Date
Jun 21, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

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

Synopsis

Songwriter Bob Gunther meets mobster Mama McGann when he unwittingly saves her from capture during a bank robbery. Mama, who has stolen Bob's wallet, sends her son Sonny to return the wallet with a reward. Mama has been grooming her son to attain the position of public enemy number one, but Sonny yearns to express the poetic feelings in his soul and hits upon the idea of penning a lyric to his childhood sweetheart Sadie, whom he has not seen since his school days. Searching for a tune to carry his lyrics, Sonny kidnaps Bob and forces him to write the melody. He then sends out his goons to coerce the music stores, orchestra leaders and radio stations to play the song until it reaches the Hit Parade. To escape Sonny's clutches, Bob's sweetheart, Linda Carroll, suggests that he feign love sickness, but the plan backfires when Bob names socialite singer Magda Delys as the object of his affections. Sonny declares that he will arrange the marriage, but before the ceremony can take place, Big Foot Louie, Sonny's rival and public enemy number one, kidnaps Bob. Sonny goes to his rescue, instructing his goons that Bob and Magda should be married if anything happens to him. At Louie's, Bob is about to write Louie his own tune in exchange for his freedom when Sonny bursts in and negotiates with Louie to cancel their feud and form a musical collaboration in prison. While Sonny and Louie are arranging matters, Sonny's thugs strong-arm Magda and Bob to recite their marriage vows. Sonny returns and realizes that Magda is his childhood sweetheart Sadie, and a double wedding ceremony ensues as Sonny marries Sadie and Bob marries Linda.

Film Details

Also Known As
Trouble in B Flat
Release Date
Jun 21, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

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

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Notes

The working title of this picture was Trouble in B Flat. Retitled as I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby, it became Universal's third picture to be titled after an old hit song. The opening credits of the film actually roll against the written score of the title song. Although the film credits Horace MacMahon with the role of "Nails," Variety credits Murray Alper with the role.