Love Is News (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  26 February 1937 (USA)
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Financier's daughter spars with newspaper reporter: he by writing about her, she by announcing their engagement.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin J. Canavan
Judge Hart
Dudley Digges ...
Cyrus Jeffrey
Walter Catlett ...
Pauline Moore ...
Lois Westcott
Mrs. Flaherty
Stepin Fetchit ...
Count Andre de Guyon
Egbert Eggleston
Frank Conroy ...
A.G. Findlay
Charles Williams ...
Joe Brady
Julius Tannen ...


When a crafty reporter uses false pretenses to get a story out of heiress Tony Gateson, she turns the tables on him, telling the press that she's engaged to him and that she's given him a million dollar dowry. Suddenly he's on the front page and every salesman is at his doorstep. He loses his job and a day later asks her to call off the ruse; she tricks him again and the publicity continues. She stays cheerful and resourceful through a series of misadventures that has him alternately back on his job and fired. Meanwhile, a count who's her ex-fiancé shows up in New York, and maybe that marriage is back on. Can an heiress be a human being, and can a reporter get a scoop? Written by <>

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26 February 1937 (USA)  »

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Amor y periodismo  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Lon Chaney's role as an uncredited newsman is nowhere to be found in current prints. His scenes may have been cut prior to release. See more »


Steve Leyton: Mike, ever had a woman make a fool out of you?
Mike Allegretti: Sure!
Steve Leyton: What happened?
Mike Allegretti: Four boys and one girl.
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Remade as Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943) See more »


Love Is News
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Sung during the opening credits by an unidentified singer
Played a few times in the score
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Wrong actors and director to handle screwball comedy - This could have been good
19 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While watching Love is News, what I wished for was that this film would have been cast and directed by a whole different team. Because I like screwball comedy, it's hard to do, and requires a finesse, a light touch, and a specific feather tone from both director and actors to handle delicate material - like a soufflé - a little bit too heavy- handed, and it falls flat. With the exception of Slim Summerville as the small-town judge, the performances were uniformly bad. None of the very young and green principals knew how to handle comedy - so they just went broad and big - Don Ameche bellowed, Loretta grinned and mugged, and Tyrone Power was over-animated. Of course it was the director's fault - pump it up, give me bigger, bigger. But he was dealing with actors who were not natural comedians, whose charms were more in smaller gestures. I kept dreaming of the usual stable who could handle the material - Jean Arthur, Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Melvyn Douglas - because the storyline was fun and sillilly amusing - an heiress turns the tables on a reporter, and decides to put him under the glare of publicity by planting a false story. I watched it all the way through, seeing potential in the script, and wishing it had been at another studio and cast differently, with a different director. I think it could have been a classic. There were priceless moments, from the fake car crash, to the jail scene, the airport scene - that with the right actors and a director like Mitchell Leisen or Greg LaCava or Howard Hawkes could have catapulted this film in a minor classic instead of an ersatz version of the classic screwballs by people who knew how to do it

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