Sing Me a Love Song


1h 15m 1937

Brief Synopsis

A playboy turns over a new leaf and starts from the bottom of the family business.

Film Details

Also Known As
Come up Smiling, Let's Pretend
Genre
Musical
Comedy
Romance
Release Date
Jan 9, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Jerry Haines, the heir to a department store fortune, is informed by his lawyers that the store is failing and he must take over its management. He flies to New York, insisting that he will start at the bottom to learn the business. Having seen attractive saleswoman Jean Martin in the music department, he decides to start work there. Using the last name Handley, Jerry makes friends with Jean, co-worker Gwen Logan and her boyfriend, elevator operator Christopher Cross. Chris tries to impress everyone by bragging about his close friendship with Jerry Haines, not knowing he is the same person as Jerry from the music department. Jerry uses this lie to make changes in store policy, then gives the credit to Chris. Believing that Chris really does have Jerry's ear, Gwen forces him into Jerry's office to ask for raises. Jerry is not there, but Chris overhears two of the managers plotting to take the store away from him. Meanwhile, Jerry and Jean fall in love. To celebrate, Jerry borrows some clothes from the store to give to Jean, but he seen by Sprague, the floorwalker, who sends the police after him. They arrest Jean and Jerry at the nightclub where they are having dinner, after which Chris visits them in jail and reveals the plot to take over the store. Jerry phones his lawyers, who arrange for his release from jail, and he takes a serious look at the books. He begs the bank for some extra time to pay back his loans, but they refuse. Then he discovers that Sigfried Hammerschlag, the shoplifter Sprague has just captured, is related to the Hammerschlag family that runs United Railways. In exchange for releasing Sigfried, Jerry asks for the use of a railroad car, then uses it to bring the store's goods to the customers outside the city, a plan suggested by Jean. The idea is successful, the store is saved and Jerry proposes to Jean.

Film Details

Also Known As
Come up Smiling, Let's Pretend
Genre
Musical
Comedy
Romance
Release Date
Jan 9, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Quotes

That's right. Christopher Cross, commonly called Chris Cross. I was christened Chris but was cross at the christening. I've been Chris Cross and cross Chris ever since.
- Allen Jenkins

Trivia

Notes

The film's working titles were Come Up Smiling and Let's Pretend. Hugh Herbert also plays his father, Mr. Hammerschlag, and his two brothers in a comic scene. According to Daily Variety, ZaSu Pitts replaced Marie Wilson when the producers decided that Wilson was too young for the role. The Variety review notes that although Bobby Connolly was credited with designing dance numbers, no such numbers appeared in the film. This May account for the discrepancy in running times. Connolly received no credit on the viewed print. Contemporary sources refer to a scene in which Ann Sheridan and Georgia Caine as her matchmaking mother, pursue Melton, but the scene was not in the viewed print.