Make a Wish


1h 17m 1937

Brief Synopsis

While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 27, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Bobby Breen Productions, Inc.; Principal Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Chip Winters, an energetic nine year old with a superior singing voice, ingratiates himself with the boys at Birchlake Camp in northern Maine. He also becomes a favorite of composer Johnny Selden, who has moved into a neighboring cottage while trying to write a New York-bound operetta. However, when Chip's mother Irene, whose letters to Chip have inspired Johnny's creativity, arrives at the camp with Walter Mays, her bossy fiancé, Chip gives them a mixed greeting. After spending the afternoon with Irene, Johnny, clearly taken by her, tells her the story of the first two acts of his operetta. Mays, who has forced Irene to quit her operatic singing career, chastises her for singing one of the operetta's songs at a party given by Selden, and announces that they are to leave Maine the next morning. Deeply disappointed, Chip says goodbye to his friends and departs for New York with Irene and Mays. Heartbroken that his future prima donna has gone, Johnny hands the last act of his operetta to his butler, Joseph, with instructions to deliver it to Wagner, his producer, and then disappears. On the way to the city, Joseph, a frustrated songwriter, and two other would-be songsters, Moreta and Brennan, lose the manuscript and cause the operetta's investors to panic when they try to sell their own mediocre material as Johnny's. Chip, hearing of the operetta's problems, rushes to Wagner's office and sings snippets of the last act. With Chip, Irene reconstructs the entire final act and, defying Mays, appears in the show. On opening night, Johnny returns, finally taking his prima donna in his arms.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 27, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Bobby Breen Productions, Inc.; Principal Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Score

1937

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Trivia

Notes

Although the onscreen title card includes a copyright statement for "Bobby Breen Productions, Inc," the title was not found in copyright records. Basil Rathbone's character is spelled "Selden" in the onscreen credits, but in the film itself and in advertisements for the picture, it is spelled "Seldon." Al Boasberg, who is listed in reviews and Screen Achievements Bulletin as the author of the "comedy sequences," died before the film opened. Marion Claire, who had been a member of the Chicago Civic Opera, made her screen debut in this production. According to a March 1937 Hollywood Reporter news item, Los Angeles' orphanages were searched for 200 boys to use in the camp sequence. Motion Picture Herald's "In the Cutting Room" includes Herbert Colcombe, James Parker, Carlyle Moore, Harold Smith and Jack White in the cast, while a Hollywood Reporter news item adds Don Hulbert. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1937

Released in United States 1937