Let's Face It


1h 16m 1943

Film Details

Also Known As
The Cradle Snatchers
Release Date
Jan 1943
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 5 Aug 1943
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Salton Sea, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical Let's Face It , music by Cole Porter, libretto by Herbert and Dorothy Fields (New York, 29 Oct 1941), which was suggested by the play Cradle Snatchers by Russell Medcraft and Norma Mitchell (New York, 7 Sep 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,834ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

During World War II, Winnie Potter gets angry at her fiancé, Jerry Walker, when he sneaks sweets to her clients at a fat reducing farm, the strict diet of which includes plenty of milk. Jerry, a private in the Army, has delayed their wedding for eight weeks because he is always getting into trouble. As he is returning to Camp Arthur, three clients of the farm, Cornelia Pigeon, Nancy Collister and Maggie Watson, try to interest him in getting two other soldiers to become their dates for a day. All three women suspect that their husbands are not really away on a fishing trip, but are philandering behind their backs, and decide that making them jealous is the best revenge. Jerry rejects the matrons' offer, and then accidentally crashes his jeep through the canteen wall at the camp. After Sergeant Wiggins tells him that he has to come up with the money to pay off the damages or spend six months on guard duty, Jerry meets with Cornelia, Nancy and Maggie again and agrees to meet them at Cornelia's Southhampton, Long Island, home on Sunday. He then cancels his Sunday wedding plans with Winnie, and arranges with his best buddies, Frankie Burns and Barney Hilliard, to join him on Sunday, intending to pay them twenty dollars out of the $300 the women are to give him. In order to slip out of camp, Jerry fakes a head injury while working on the jeep. Winnie, meanwhile, has figured out that Jerry is not going on special assignment, as he told her, but is having a rendezvous with the matrons. Frankie and Barney, who have been told they are being fixed up with real beauties, are shocked when they meet the matrons, and try to renege on the deal, but Jerry insists they remain. Terrified of any physical contact with the women, the three men become inseparable. Maggie then demands the return of her $50 deposit, which Jerry has already given to Winnie, but she is interrupted when Winnie arrives with Muriel and Jean, Frankie and Barney's girl friends. The angry girl friends break off all relations with the soldiers, who decide that they may as well keep their deal with the matrons. Not long after, the husbands arrive with their dates, who quickly exit after the wives make their presence known. After several arguments, Jerry, Frankie and Barney go to the local nightclub with Maggie, Cornelia and Nancy. Winnie, Muriel, Jean and the husbands decide to do the same, and each group tries to outdo each other in making their mates jealous. When Jerry discovers Sergeant Wiggins at the booth next to his, he pretends that his head injury has caused insanity, which is why he never made it to the Army hospital. Jerry, Frankie and Barney then escape in a rowboat, intending to row across the sound to the camp, but a periscope shoots up through their boat and they are unexpectedly affixed to a German submarine. When the German commander realizes he has three Americans on board, he heads the submarine for open ocean, but Jerry fools him into thinking he is headed for the shore by holding a mirror in front of the periscope lens. The commander turns the submarine around and heads for shore. The submarine crashes on the beach, and the Germans spies are captured. A year later, Jerry is once again in the brig for causing trouble, and his patient wife Winnie bids him a cheerful farewell with their baby son in her arms.

Cast

Bob Hope

Jerry Walker

Betty Hutton

Winnie Potter

Dona Drake

Muriel

Cully Richards

Frankie Burns

Eve Arden

Maggie Watson

Zasu Pitts

Cornelia Pigeon

Marjorie Weaver

Jean Blanchard

Raymond Walburn

Julian Watson

Phyllis Povah

Nancy Collister

Joe Sawyer

Sergeant Wiggins

Dave Willock

Barney Hilliard

Nicco And Tanya

Dance team

Andrew Tombes

Judge Henry Clay Pigeon

Arthur Loft

George Collister

Grace Hayle

Mrs. Wigglesworth

Evelyn Dockson

Mrs. Taylor

Kay Linaker

Canteen hostess

Frederic Nay

Walsh

George Meader

Justice of the peace

Joyce Compton

Wiggins' girl

Florence Shirley

Woman in Sea Shell Café

Barbara Pepper

Daisy

Robin Raymond

Mimi

Phyllis Ruth

Lulu

Lionel Royce

Submarine commander

Emory Parnell

Colonel

Andria Moreland

Milkmaid

Brooke Evans

Milkmaid

Don Kerr

Specialty dancer

Marjorie Deanne

Dancer

Miriam Franklin

Dancer

Edward Dew

Sergeant

Bud Geary

Sergeant

Eddie Hall

Phillip

Eddie Dunn

Policeman

Angela Wilson

Angela

Marie Windsor

Marie

Evelyn Frey

Evelyn

Ann Adams

Ann

Elinor Troy

Elinor

Lena Belle

Lena

Helena Brinton

Helena

Tommye Adams

Tommye

Barbara Brooks

Barbara

Ellen Johnson

Ellen

Debbra Keith

Betty

Eleanor Prentiss

Joan

Sarah Edwards

Woman in court

Cyril Ring

Headwaiter

Harry Hays Morgan

Waiter/Nazi officer

Joel Friend

Waiter

Fred Giermann

Officer on submarine

William B. Davidson

Man in boat

Janet Shaw

Girl in boat

Eric Alden

Soldier

Lita Ward

Patti Mccarty

Wanda Mckay

Louise La Planche

Yvonne De Carlo

Jayne Hazard

Julie Gibson

Noel Neill

Hal Rand

Allen Ray

Jerry James

Film Details

Also Known As
The Cradle Snatchers
Release Date
Jan 1943
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 5 Aug 1943
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Salton Sea, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical Let's Face It , music by Cole Porter, libretto by Herbert and Dorothy Fields (New York, 29 Oct 1941), which was suggested by the play Cradle Snatchers by Russell Medcraft and Norma Mitchell (New York, 7 Sep 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,834ft (7 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of the film was The Cradle Snatchers. According to news items in Los Angeles Times and Variety, when Vinton Freedley produced his musical Let's Face It, he paid Russell Medcraft and Norma Mitchell for the stage rights to their play Cradle Snatchers, due to its similarity to Let's Face It. However, as Twentieth Century-Fox owned the screen rights to Cradle Snatchers, when Freedley sold the rights to Let's Face It to Paramount for $225,000, Fox received $100,000 as payment for their rights to Cradle Snatchers. News items also note that Danny Kaye, who starred in the Broadway musical, was originally intended to appear in the feature film, but was left out of negotiations by Freedley when he closed the deal. Eve Arden created the role of "Maggie Watson" on Broadway.
       Hollywood Reporter news items report the following about the production: Paramount studio electrician Alvey Jeffries died during production when he fell from a catwalk, and although Danny Dare was slated to choreograph a dance for Bob Hope and Betty Hutton, only Seymour Felix is credited on the screen for choreography. Some background shots were filmed on location at the Salton Sea, CA. According to modern sources, production on Let's Face It was delayed so that Hope could continue his entertainment tour of Army camps in Alaska. Other films based on Medcraft and Mitchell's play are Fox's 1927 film The Cradle Snatchers, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Louise Fazenda and J. Farrell MacDonald; and Fox's 1929 film Why Leave Home?, directed by Raymond Cannon and starring Sue Carol and Nick Stuart (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1069 and F2.6336).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1943

Released in United States 1943