It All Came True (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  6 April 1940 (USA)
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After crooked nightclub owner Chips Maguire murders a police informant, he blackmails his piano player to allow him to stay at his eccentric mother's boarding house.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Tommy Taylor
Grasselli / Chips Maguire
Miss Flint
Maggie Ryan
Jessie Busley ...
Mrs. Taylor
Mr. Roberts
Rene Salmon
Felix Bressart ...
The Great Boldini
Charles Judels ...
Henri Pepi de Bordeaux
Brandon Tynan ...
Mr. Van Diver
Howard C. Hickman ...
Mr. Prendergast (as Howard Hickman)
Herb Vigran ...
Monks (as Herbert Vigran)
Tommy Reilly
The Elderbloom Chorus


Nightclub entertainer Sarah Ryan and songwriter Tommy Taylor move in to the boardinghouse run by their mothers Maggie and Norah. Tommy brings along Mr. Grasselli, a "nervous wreck" who keeps to himself.. Sarah recognizes him as the gangster Chips Maguire. He killed a cop with Tommy's gun, so Tommy must now protect him. Grasselli winds up turning the boarding house into a money-making nightclub. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Another sizzling story by the author of "The Rains Came"...and starring ANN Sheridan the one girl in all Hollywood who can really live the part of the teasing, tempting, man-handling heroine of IT ALL CAME TRUE By LOUIS BROMFIELD See more »


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Release Date:

6 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Sonho para Dois  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Mark Hellinger's dislike for executive producer Hal B. Wallis became even stronger after this film was released. Though the film was critically acclaimed and made money for Warners, print ads at the time mentioned Wallis as executive producer (though uncredited in the film), Jack L. Warner in charge of production and Lewis Seiler as director, but did not even mention Hellinger, who had received screen credit as producer. This was one of the contributing factors in Hellinger's shortly thereafter leaving Warners for 20th Century-Fox. (Source: "The Mark Hellinger Story" by Jim Bishop, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1952) See more »


Tommy Taylor: [Jealously] What were you doing in there?
Sarah Jane Ryan aka Sal: [Sarcastically] Scrubbing Maguire's back. What do you think?
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Featured in Let's Sing Grandfather's Favorites (1948) See more »


When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Played on piano by Jeffrey Lynn
Played as dance music by the band at the Roaring 90s Club
Sung by Ann Sheridan, chorus and audience at the Roaring 90s Club
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Competent New York fairy story full of sweetness and light...

In this comedy-drama directed by Lewis Seiler, Bogart was a fugitive killer who hid out in a rundown boarding house harboring a collection of talented amateur performers and maternally oriented older women…

Bogart convinces them to convert the place into a night club and on opening night he is caught by the police, clearing an innocent man (Jeffrey Lynn) of suspicion in the murder he had actually committed…

Bogart was evidently having a good time as he delivered such lines as: "I hate mothers: all this silver threads among the gold stuff!" and had a very funny scene where he is "mothered" by Una O'Connor and Jessie Busley… However, The New York Times' critic, B. R. Crisler, summed up the film correct1y when he said that "It All Came True went from simple to simple-minded."

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