No, No Nanette


1h 36m 1940

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 20, 1940
Premiere Information
Philadelphia opening: 13 Dec 1940
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; Suffolk Productions
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical No! No! Nanette by Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach, Vincent Youmans and Emil Nyitray, words and music by Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach and Vincent Youmans (New York, 16 Sep 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

"Happy" Jimmy Smith of the fashionable North Shore is experiencing financial difficulties due to his tight fisted wife Susan and his philandering ways. Jimmy's latest problem is Sonya from Syracuse, who is demanding the money he promised her for her acting career. When Jimmy's old friend, theatrical producer William Trainor, announces that he is casting a new show, Jimmy's niece Nanette finagles a way to rid her uncle of Sonya. Nanette cajoles Bill into putting the would-be actress in his show, and in the process, Bill falls in love with Nanette. Next, under threat of Betty from Bridgeport, the family flees to New York, where Jimmy encounters Kitty from Kansas, to whom he has promised an artistic career. Once again pressed into the service of her uncle, Nanette calls upon artist Tom Gillespie and convinces him to teach Kitty the art trade and Tom, like Bill, also falls in love with Nanette. Jimmy is relieved until Betty from Bridgeport appears and demands five thousand dollars. To raise the money, Nanette sells the portrait that Tom has painted of her to a cigarette company, an act which angers and disappoints Tom, who had planned to exhibit his masterpiece in art galleries and thus break out of the commercial art market. On the rebound, Nanette goes out with Bill, who convinces her to meet him at the airport that night so they can elope to Nevada. Meanwhile, Susan, who has discovered her husband's extracurricular activities, also boards the plane bound for Nevada and a divorce, and Jimmy, headed for the Virgin Islands, books passage on the same flight. All ends happily when, as the plane is airbound, Jimmy and Susan tearfully reconcile and Nanette discovers that Bill has brought Tom aboard to marry her.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 20, 1940
Premiere Information
Philadelphia opening: 13 Dec 1940
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; Suffolk Productions
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the musical No! No! Nanette by Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach, Vincent Youmans and Emil Nyitray, words and music by Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach and Vincent Youmans (New York, 16 Sep 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

"No, No, Nanette" was originally a broadway show produced and directed by Harry Frazee in 1925, running for 321 shows. To finance the show, Mr. Frazee - then owner of the Boston Red Sox - sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in December of 1919.

Notes

The stage musical ran in Chicago a year before opening in New York. According to an article in Los Angeles Examiner, M-G-M considered buying the rights to the show for Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. A news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that Kent Taylor was originally set for the lead opposite Anna Neagle. In 1930, First National produced a film based on the show directed by Clarence Badger and starring Bernice Claire and Alexander Grey. In 1970, Ruby Keeler starred in a Broadway revival of the musical.