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Edward H. Griffith
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According to a Paramount press release, on 28 March 1938, while waiting to be called to join Fred MacMurray and Harriet Hilliard for a scene, eight-year-old actor Billy Lee had two of his teeth knocked loose by his young stand-in, Roland Smith, when the two boys simultaneously attempted to grab for a ball they were playing with - the top of Smith's head crashed into Billy's face. Director Alfred Santell had Billy whisked off to a Hollywood dentist's office in a studio car while scenes not needing Billy were filmed instead. After extracting the two drooping teeth, the dentist, Dr. Ervin Robert Barr, working from a studio still of Billy, created a removable plate for him, that was an exact match of his original teeth, by 7:00 that evening. Since Billy was needed for many scenes in the movie, Santell did not want to risk another change in his shooting schedule or a sudden, unexplained change in Billy's appearance, such as missing teeth. So Santell asked Billy to refrain from any rough-and-tumble activity and to stick to soft foods for the duration of filming, as Billy also had two loose baby teeth from before the mishap which Santell was determined would make it to the last scene. See more »
Here's another film in which Fred MacMurray demonstrates his smooth comedy style.
He plays a bandleader who is trying to get from Chicago to Hollywood so he can audition for the Cocoanut Grove night club. The band is a disparate group of musicians as well as the Yacht Club Boys and Eve Arden and Ben Blue as a dance "speciality" act. MacMurray also has a kid (Billy Lee) who isn't his and a tutor (Harriet Nelson). With no money, they go on a road trip in a jalopy pulling a trailer. They also pick up a bizarre singer (Rufe Davis) because he has a tow truck.
MacMurray is excellent in this little film; he gets to be funny but also shows his tender side in scenes with the kid and with Nelson. He even gets to sing a serious song and play clarinet. Nelson sings "Love, Says My Heart." Arden and Blue do a comic apache dance and another number. The Yacht Club Boys sing the hilarious "We're Four of the Three Musketeers." Especially nice chemistry between Fred MacMurray and Harriet Nelson, who would (as well as Eve Arden) go on the be among the biggest TV stars of the 50s and 60s.
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