Love Me Forever


1h 30m 1935
Love Me Forever

Brief Synopsis

A mob figure helps launch a singer's career only to lose her to a younger man.

Film Details

Also Known As
On Wings of Song
Genre
Drama
Crime
Musical
Release Date
Jun 27, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

In Lake Placid, New York, singer Margaret Howard turns down Boston heir Phillip Cameron's marriage proposal despite the fact that she is broke and must auction her family's estate. Attending the auction is Steve Corelli, a music lover who has gambled his way into the big time. Steve hears Margaret sing and hires her to work at his cafe. Steve wants Margaret to sing opera, but when his nightclub audience is unappreciative, he transforms it into a dinner theater called "La Marguerita." Margaret's opening night performance of Rigoletto is a success, and to celebrate, Steve invites her to his apartment where he has a suite of rooms for her, but Margaret refuses his invitation. The next morning, Margaret finds Phil waiting in her dressing room and cancels her rehearsal schedule to spend the day with him. Steve, afraid of losing Margaret to Phil, tells her that the Metropolitan Opera wants to audition her so that she will not go to Boston with Phil. Then, Steve pays exorbitant fees to have Margaret study with the best teachers and finally manages to get a member of the Met, Maurizzio, to attend one of her performances. When Steve goes to tell Margaret of her success, he finds her in Phil's arms and after entertaining the thought of killing Phil, becomes drunk and goes gambling. Miller, the proprietor of the gambling house, demands payment from Steve after he loses $15,000. Steve pays him with a bad check and goes into hiding. Luigi, Steve's assistant, takes Margaret to see Steve, and he tells her that he cannot attend her opening night at the Met, but promises to listen to her performance on the radio. On opening night, Margaret tells Phil that he is not the one for her. Meanwhile, Steve cannot bear merely listening to Margaret sing La Boheme , so he goes to the Met and learns that Margaret has paid off Miller with a loan from Maurizzio. At the conclusion of Margaret's performance, she sees Steve in the audience and they blow kisses to one another.

Cast

Miss Grace Moore

Margaret Howard

Leo Carrillo

Steve Corelli

Robert Allen

Phillip Cameron

Spring Byington

[Clara] Fields

Michael Bartlett

Michael Bartlett [co-star of La Boheme]

Luis Alberni

Luigi

Douglas Dumbrille

Miller

Thurston Hall

Maurizzio

Gavin Gordon

Mitchell

Charles Moore

Janitor

Charles Mcavoy

Miller's henchman

Harry Barris

Piano player

Maxine Lewis

Blues singer

Wyrley Birch

Auctioneer

Olin Howland

Carlton

Tudor Williams

Colline

Sammy Stein

Joe

David Clyde

Hank

Arthur Kay

Musicial director

Milan Roder

Musical director

Fred W. Malatesta

Italian man

Marion Lord

Boisterous woman

Angelo Rossi

Rudolph

Dora Clemant

Head fitter

Josef Swickard

Bonini

Irene Crane

Mimi

Jack Mulhall

Gambler

Lloyd Whitlock

Gambler

George Webb

Gambler

Jean Debriac

Gambler

Charles Sherlock

Gambler

Sam Ash

Gambler

Edwin Argus

Gambler

Nick Copeland

Gambler

Francis Sayles

Gambler

Arthur Stuart Hull

Guest

Wedgwood Nowell

Guest

Bess Flowers

Guest

Marie Wells

Guest

Corinne Williams

Guest

Valerie Delorenzo

Guest

Vincent Cessarelli

Alcindoro

Franco Corsaro

Chaunard

Max Barwyn

Waiter

Nick Thompson

Waiter

Natale Corrosia

Waiter

Louis Mercier

Waiter

Rudolf Myzet

Waiter

Helene Barclay

Check-room girl

Ralph Mccullough

Secretary

Dagmar Oakland

Secretary

Betty May

Secretary

Rodolfo Hoyos

Marcel

Hayden Stevenson

Prompter

Jack Costello

Kibitzer

Edward Allen

Kibitzer

Alphonse Martell

Attendant

Edmund Burns

Polo player

Arnold Gray

Polo player

Joe Poppin

Polo player

Dick Gordon

Polo player

James Millican

Polo player

Abe Dinovitch

Doorman

Blue Washington

Doorman

Art Miles

Doorman

Constantine Romanoff

Doorman

Harry Mount

Page boy

Robert St. Angelo

Henchman

Jack Gallagher

Henchman

Ethan A. Laidlaw

Henchman

Abdullah Abbas

Henchman

George Magrill

Henchman

Harry Strang

Henchman

Albert J. Smith

Henchman/Head carpenter

Charles Sullivan

Taxi driver

Carlo Schipa

Taxi driver

Charles R. Moore

Janitor

Kansas Deforrest

Dancing girl

Lorinne Crawford

Dancing girl

Valerie Hall

Dancing girl

Alice Deon

Dancing girl

Peggy Robbins

Dancing girl

Juanita Field

Dancing girl

Rhea Neissen

Dancing girl

Von Adair

Dancing girl

Budd Fine

Guard

Tom Herbert

John Merkyl

Jack Clark

Gladys Gale

Edna Lyall

Wilfred Lucas

Elvira Curci

Louis Natheaux

Phil Dunham

Grace Goodall

William Arnold

Phillips Smalley

Celeste Edwards

Eric Wayne

Gertrude Carr

Coit Albertson

Ruth Sherrington

Margaret Morgan

Peggy Leon

Frank Yaconelli

Harry Semels

Genaro Spagnoli

John Ardizoni

William Worthington

Lorimer Johnston

Cecil Weston

John C. Fowler

Joe Mack

Wilfrid North

Louis Lavoie

Count Rudolf Von Stefenelli

Charles Delamotte

Mary Emery

Baron Hesse

Naomi Winters

Tony Merlo

Victoria Stuart

Lenora Nova

Jane Draper

Quenda Hackett

Pauline High

Robert Dale

Rebecca Wassem

Louise Dean

Lagreta

Jean Beeks

Ivan Christy

Ethel Bryant

Elaine Waters

Yvonne Bertrand

Gay Waters

Edwards Davis

Edith Haskins

Sonia Saunders

Clara Fried

Betty Socks

Dorothy Grumbell

Ruth Griffith

Bee Montclair

Nell Baldwin

Alix Norman

Andre Cheron

Barbara Cohen

Grace Williams

Patricia Royale

Beth Hartman

Mrs. Geraghty

Rita Donlin

Evelyn Pierce

Dorothy Johnson

Charles Marsh

Jack Gardner

Oliver Echardt

Isabelle Lamal

William Jeffrey

Bert Lindley

Crew

Luigi Arditi

Composer

Joseph August

Camera

Lenore Benton

Hair

Harry Bischoff

Electrician

Arthur Black

Assistant Director

Marvin Brewer

Electrician

Sidney Buchman

Screenwriter

Forrest Butler

Wardrobe

Bob Charlesworth

Electrician

Harry Cohn

Company

Tom Connolly

Grip

Nell Cook

Stand-in for Grace Moore

Elizabeth Courtney

Women's wardrobe

Luigi Denza

Composer

Stanley Dunn

Props

Walter Featherstone

Electrician

Giuseppe Giacosa

Composer

Stephen Goosson

Art Director

Les Haas

Grip

George Hager

Set lighting foreman

Russell Hanlon

Men's wardrobe

Ellis Hatch

Grip

Helen Hunt

Hair

Luigi Illica

Composer

Gus Kahn

Composer

Al Keller

Assistant Camera

George Kelly

Assistant Camera

William Knight

Makeup

William Lally

Props

Al Later

Electrician

Viola Lawrence

Film Editor

Reginald Le Borg

Tech Director of opera sequences

Bert Lee

Sound

George Leveque

Grip

John Livadary

Sound Recording

James Lloyd

Head grip

Red Mcdonald

Electrician

Gaetano Merola

Operatic numbers Conductor by

Gene Milford

Film Editor

Paul G. Neal

Sound Engineer

Aaron Nibley

Film Editor

Herbert Noursh

Sound

H. E. Pierce

Doorman

Giacomo Puccini

Composer

Claude Rich

Electrician

Ione Ried

Double for Grace Moore

Victor Schertzinger

Thematic Music

Victor Schertzinger

Story

Victor Schertzinger

Composer

Vic Scheurich

2nd Camera

Louis Silvers

Music Director

Earl Snyder

Microphone

Jo Swerling

Screenwriter

Giuseppe Verdi

Composer

Joseph Walker

Photography

Mercy Weireter

Screenplay clerk

Max Winslow

Associate Producer

Bert Worrell

Grip

Jack Wrenn

Props

Film Details

Also Known As
On Wings of Song
Genre
Drama
Crime
Musical
Release Date
Jun 27, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Award Nominations

Best Sound Editing

1936

Articles

Love Me Forever -


Love Me Forever (1935)
In the mid-1930s, Grace Moore became one of the few opera singers to become a movie star, but it was not the first time she had defied career expectations. Born in Slabtown, Tennessee, the self-described "hillbilly" quit college to work as a nightclub singer to pay for classical singing lessons, and had beaten big odds and left a flourishing career in Broadway musicals to focus on opera. After making a well-received debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1928, she went on to European success in Paris. The opposite of the American perception of an opera singer as plump, screechy and foreign, the blond, attractive and slim Moore was inevitably courted by Hollywood. Her first film, MGM's A Lady's Morals (1930), a fictionalized biography of Swedish singer Jenny Lind, was a flop at least in part because the public was tiring of the glut of musicals in that early sound film era. Moore persevered, and in 1934 restarted her film career at Columbia with One Night of Love. The film earned an Oscar nomination as best picture and Moore was nominated as best actress. It was a hit, and Moore briefly became one of the top ten moneymakers in movies, always billed, as befits a diva, as "Miss Grace Moore."

In Love Me Forever, Moore plays an impoverished upper-class girl who goes to work as a nightclub singer owned by a music-loving gangster, Steve Corelli, played by Leo Carillo. She's a success, and Steve, by then in love with her, helps her achieve her goal of auditioning for the Metropolitan Opera even though he knows he may lose her. The part gave Carillo a rare opportunity to play a romantic lead. The Los Angeles native came from a prominent Hispanic Southern California family, and was a university graduate who spoke five languages. He played mostly supporting roles in more than ninety films, and in the 1950s, he gained nationwide popularity as the comic sidekick in the television series The Cisco Kid.

Director Victor Schertzinger was an accomplished musician and composer who had begun his career in silent film comedies. With the arrival of sound, his musical skills served him well as a director of film musicals, and he also began writing songs for those films, including the title songs for Love Me Forever and One Night of Love. Among his best known pop songs are "Tangerine" and "I Remember You."

When Grace Moore's film career faded in the late 1930s, she returned to the stage, opera, and concert work, and toured with the USO during World War II. She died in a plane crash in Europe in 1947. MGM made a highly-fictionalized film biography of Moore, So This Is Love, starring their resident diva Kathryn Grayson, in 1953.

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Screenplay: Jo Swerling, Sidney Buchman, story by Victor Schertzinger
Cinematography: Joseph Walker
Editor: Gene Milford, Viola Lawrence, Aaron Nibley
Costume Design: Elizabeth Courtney
Art Direction: Stephen Goosson
Music: Victor Schertzinger
Principal Cast: Miss Grace Moore (Margaret Howard), Leo Carillo (Steve Corelli), Robert Allen (Phillip Cameron), Spring Byington (Clara Fields), Michael Bartlett (La Boheme co-star), Luis Alberini (Luigi), Douglas Dumbrille (Miller), Thurston Hall (Maurizzio)
90 minutes

by Margarita Landazuri
Love Me Forever -

Love Me Forever -

Love Me Forever (1935) In the mid-1930s, Grace Moore became one of the few opera singers to become a movie star, but it was not the first time she had defied career expectations. Born in Slabtown, Tennessee, the self-described "hillbilly" quit college to work as a nightclub singer to pay for classical singing lessons, and had beaten big odds and left a flourishing career in Broadway musicals to focus on opera. After making a well-received debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1928, she went on to European success in Paris. The opposite of the American perception of an opera singer as plump, screechy and foreign, the blond, attractive and slim Moore was inevitably courted by Hollywood. Her first film, MGM's A Lady's Morals (1930), a fictionalized biography of Swedish singer Jenny Lind, was a flop at least in part because the public was tiring of the glut of musicals in that early sound film era. Moore persevered, and in 1934 restarted her film career at Columbia with One Night of Love. The film earned an Oscar nomination as best picture and Moore was nominated as best actress. It was a hit, and Moore briefly became one of the top ten moneymakers in movies, always billed, as befits a diva, as "Miss Grace Moore." In Love Me Forever, Moore plays an impoverished upper-class girl who goes to work as a nightclub singer owned by a music-loving gangster, Steve Corelli, played by Leo Carillo. She's a success, and Steve, by then in love with her, helps her achieve her goal of auditioning for the Metropolitan Opera even though he knows he may lose her. The part gave Carillo a rare opportunity to play a romantic lead. The Los Angeles native came from a prominent Hispanic Southern California family, and was a university graduate who spoke five languages. He played mostly supporting roles in more than ninety films, and in the 1950s, he gained nationwide popularity as the comic sidekick in the television series The Cisco Kid. Director Victor Schertzinger was an accomplished musician and composer who had begun his career in silent film comedies. With the arrival of sound, his musical skills served him well as a director of film musicals, and he also began writing songs for those films, including the title songs for Love Me Forever and One Night of Love. Among his best known pop songs are "Tangerine" and "I Remember You." When Grace Moore's film career faded in the late 1930s, she returned to the stage, opera, and concert work, and toured with the USO during World War II. She died in a plane crash in Europe in 1947. MGM made a highly-fictionalized film biography of Moore, So This Is Love, starring their resident diva Kathryn Grayson, in 1953. Director: Victor Schertzinger Screenplay: Jo Swerling, Sidney Buchman, story by Victor Schertzinger Cinematography: Joseph Walker Editor: Gene Milford, Viola Lawrence, Aaron Nibley Costume Design: Elizabeth Courtney Art Direction: Stephen Goosson Music: Victor Schertzinger Principal Cast: Miss Grace Moore (Margaret Howard), Leo Carillo (Steve Corelli), Robert Allen (Phillip Cameron), Spring Byington (Clara Fields), Michael Bartlett (La Boheme co-star), Luis Alberini (Luigi), Douglas Dumbrille (Miller), Thurston Hall (Maurizzio) 90 minutes by Margarita Landazuri

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According to Hollywood Reporter production charts, Love Me Forever began production under the title On Wings of Song. The Variety review states that in the film's original version, "Steve Corelli" was killed at the end, while Hollywood Reporter states that "Steve" was shot in the wings of the theater as "Margaret" sent him a message over the radio. New York Times noted that Thurston Hall's character "Maurizzio" was made up to resemble Giulio Gatti-Casazza, who managed the Metropolitan Opera House in New York from 1908 until 1935. Several reviewers compared the film with Grace Moore and Victor Schertzinger's 1934 picture, One Night of Love (see below). Love Me Forever was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1935

Released in United States 1935