Never Say Die


1h 20m 1939

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Release Date
Apr 14, 1939
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 9 Mar 1939
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Never Say Die by W. H. Post and William Collier, Sr. (New York, 12 Nov 1912).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,354ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

John Kidley, a multi-millionaire hypochondriac, spends what he believes are his dying days at the health spa at Bad Gaswasser, slowly digesting himself to death because a chemist has gotten his stomach acidity report mixed up with that of a dog. Kidley barely escapes marriage to the murderous adventuress Juno Markoff when he meets Mickey Hawkins, a Texas heiress whose father has promised her hand to the fortune hunting Prince Smirnow. When Kidley learns that Mickey is eating her heart out over Henry Munch, a bus driver from back home, he suggests that the answer to both their problems is to marry each other. Complications arise when Henry appears to accompany the newlyweds on their honeymoon, and Juno and Smirnow, blaming Kidley for cheating them out of their fortunes, set out to claim their rightful due. After Kidley eliminates Smirnow in a duel, Henry shows up engaged to Juno, and Kidley begins a new, healthy life with Mickey.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Release Date
Apr 14, 1939
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 9 Mar 1939
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Never Say Die by W. H. Post and William Collier, Sr. (New York, 12 Nov 1912).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,354ft (9 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

According to a 1937 news item in Hollywood Reporter, Jack Benny and Franciska Gaal were originally to have appeared in this film with Arthur Hornblow, Jr. producing and Raoul Walsh directing. Douglas MacLean productions filmed the Post-Collie play in 1924 with Douglas MacLean and Lillian Rich in the starring roles and directed by George J. Crone (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3803).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1939

Released in United States 1939