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Director:
Writers:
Allen Rivkin (story) and
Lamar Trotti (story)
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Release Date:
28 May 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Navy Lt. Richard Perry becomes an undercover man out to discover the leaders of a group of well connected... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
A Hot Gossip Column Item See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lt. Richard L. Perry

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lil Duryea

Victor McLaglen ... Jock Ramsay

Brian Donlevy ... Batiste Duryea

John Carradine ... Ed

Douglas Fowley ... Alec
Alan Dinehart ... Doc Keller
Sig Ruman ... Gus (as Sig Rumann)
Robert McWade ... Admiral Dewey

Sidney Blackmer ... President Theodore Roosevelt
Frank Conroy ... President William McKinley
Marjorie Weaver ... Miss Blackburn
J.C. Nugent ... Ernie
Tyler Brooke ... Specialty
Willard Robertson ... George Andrews
Paul Hurst ... Bowler
Douglas Wood ... Henry V. Maxwell
Jonathan Hale ... Judge
John Hamilton ... Warden
Joseph Crehan ... Priest
Mary Young ... Dowager - Mrs. Dewey
Maurice Cass ... Connaheim - Jeweler
Paul McVey ... Roosevelt's Secretary
Jayne Regan ... Girl with Roosevelt
Ruth Gillette ... Denver Blonde
James Donlan ... Reporter with Ticket
Davison Clark ... Tim - a Guard
Fred Santley ... Reporter with No Ticket
Helen Brown ... Reporter with No Ticket
DeWitt Jennings ... Bradley Wallace (as De Witt Jennings)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynn Bari ... Party Guest with Keller (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ... Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Fred Cady ... Vaudeville Team (uncredited)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Federal Agent in Baltimore Bank (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter at Reception (uncredited)
Don Craig ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Bill Days ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Tony - Headwaiter (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
June Gale ... Girl with Keller (uncredited)
Homer Gayne ... Quartette Member (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Bowling Spectator in Last Row (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Ben Hewlett ... Guest (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Walter James ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... White House Guard (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tom London ... Lil's Flustered Spectator (uncredited)
James May ... Waiter in Saloon (uncredited)
Arthur McCullough ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
W.S. McDunnough ... Lyman J. Gage (uncredited)
Jack McHugh ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
John Nasborough ... Guard (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Secretary Hayes (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Bowling Spectator (uncredited)
John Quillan ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Assistant Jeweler (uncredited)
George Reed ... Watchman in Capitol (uncredited)
Charles Rice ... Vaudeville Team (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Nun (uncredited)
Francesca Rotoli ... Nun (uncredited)
Don Rowan ... Guard (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Policeman (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Porter (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Root (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Secret Service Man (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Police Captain (uncredited)
June Terry ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Officer at Reception (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Policeman (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ernest Wood ... Mack (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Seiter 
 
Writing credits
Allen Rivkin (story and screenplay) and
Lamar Trotti (story and screenplay)

Kubec Glasmon  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Wallace Sullivan  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Lange (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil  (as Allan McNeil)
 
Art Direction by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Royer 
 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Haley .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur Von Kirbach)
 
Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Lange .... musical director
Charles Maxwell .... music arranger (uncredited)
Jule Styne .... vocal supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Van Loan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Haskell .... dances staged by
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
100 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #3200) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film was made and released before Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor were married. In the oversized, 22-page press book that the studio had prepared for the exhibitors, there were constant references to and blurb lines describing Stanwyck and Taylor as "real-life sweethearts" or "real-life heart interests", etc., stills captions particularly, typical 1930s selling points to be used in the advertising. However, somewhere between the planning and the execution, something went amiss, and the pressbook had an 8x10 snipe pasted on page three with specific instructions: Dated May 26, 1937, and addressed to Exhibitors as IMPORTANT NOTICE. It read: "Delete the phrase "real-life sweethearts" and any similar phase, or any stunts or copy along the same line from all advertising or publicity on THIS IS MY AFFAIR. In utilizing any of the press book materials you will please correct the copy, eliminating the words "real-life sweethearts." Please note that this applies to everything in the press book, publicity copy, ads, exploitation, stunts, etc. Your cooperation will be appreciated." (signed) Charles E. McCarthy-Advertising ManagerSee more »
Soundtrack:
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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Hot Gossip Column Item, 25 February 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In a recent biography of Barbara Stanwyck, I learned that Darryl Zanuck was keen on teaming Stanwyck with her soon to be husband Robert Taylor. Stanwyck freelanced and was currently owing 20th Century Fox a picture, so Zanuck must have worked something out with Louis B. Mayer at MGM to get his favorite star over to Fox.

The year before the Taylor/Stanwyck team starred in His Brother's Wife which I'm sure did good business, but wasn't exactly memorable. Neither would This Is My Affair if it hadn't been for the fact that it starred a couple that were a hot gossip column item.

What Zanuck did was give Bob and Barbara a vehicle that must have at some time been intended for Tyrone Power and Alice Faye. It's a period piece set at the turn of the last century. Barbara is even given a couple of songs by Alice's own songwriting team of Harry Revel and Mack Gordon to do as well as some period public domain music. Apparently she does them herself because I see no credit for voice dubbing. They would have been better had Alice Faye done them however.

Taylor is a Navy Lieutenant on detached assignment to work a job for President William McKinley personally. McKinley is worried about a successful gang of bank-robbers operating in the Midwest who seem to have inside information about vault combinations and even have keys to let themselves in at night so no break-in is required. He has Taylor go under deep cover and report only to him if needed.

It takes months, but Taylor does find the gang which is headed by Brian Donlevy and Victor McLaglen. He also finds Donlevy's stepsister Barbara Stanwyck with whom he falls for. But still his duty is clear.

The notion that a President of the United States is taking such a personal interest in apprehending a gang of robbers is interesting. William McKinley's administration was one that had a lot foreign and domestic concerns. I can't believe that particular president could have involved himself in this crime investigation. But also the banking system was not so tightly regulated that one man could have had all that inside information. It's not even that tightly regulated now, even with the creation of the Federal Reserve which was a dozen or so years in the future.

In fact McKinley's own assassination nearly cooks Taylor's goose. Frank Conroy looked very much like William McKinley and his character portrayal was accurate right down to the cigars McKinley enjoyed, the only vice this most Christian of presidents was known to have. Sidney Blackmer played Theodore Roosevelt many times on screen and really does make you think you're watching TR himself. He was much better at it than John Alexander from Arsenic And Old Lace.

The two stars who soon married never did another project together while they were husband and wife. Taylor and Stanwyck did do The Night Walker after their divorce almost thirty years later. None of the three films is at the top drawer of credits for either star.

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