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Hitting a New High (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 24 December 1937 (USA)
Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Robert Harari (story), Maxwell Shane (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lily Pons ... Suzette, aka Oogahunga, the Bird-Girl
Jack Oakie ... Corny Davis
John Howard ... Jimmy James
Eric Blore ... Cedric Cosmo, aka Captain Braceridge Hemingway
Edward Everett Horton ... Lucius B. Blynn
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Andreas Mazzini
Luis Alberni ... Luis Marlo
Vinton Hayworth ... Carter Haig (as Jack Arnold)
Leonard Carey ... Jervons, Blynn's Butler
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Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De zangvogel van Broadway en Parijs See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film lost considerable money at the box office. Lily Pons never made another non-concert film. See more »

Goofs

A Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is seen in the African jungle when Oogahunga is found. Later on, Mazzini refers to Oogahunga as an "Egyptian Cockatoo". Cockatoos are native to Australia and some islands to its north, and are not found in Africa. A cockatoo is also seen later in Blynn's house as a pet, but this is not unusual, as cockatoos have been imported to the USA and kept as pets for many years. See more »

Soundtracks

Mad Scene
(1835)
from opera "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti (as G. Donizetti)
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
Sung by Lily Pons and chorus at the Al Fresco Musical Evening
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Bird Girl
5 June 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Hitting A New High was the last of 3 films that Lily Pons did under her contract with RKO. As that brief vogue for opera sopranos ended as it began in mid 30s Hollywood, RKO and Pons parted company. She would make guest appearances however in other films in the future, most notably Carnegie Hall.

In this one the score is a mixture of operatic material with some original score music written by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson. One of the songs I Hit A New High had some success on the pop charts.

I'm not sure what Lily Pons must have thought of this film. In it she's required to go to Africa as part of an elaborate con game to fool millionaire Edward Everett Horton into thinking he's captured a bird girl who has something like a five octave range. Then it becomes a struggle between Horton and opera impresario Eduardo Ciannelli for her musical services. Jack Oakie is press agent con man who fools Horton who really is quite a dunce in this film.

It all gets more silly than funny. Hitting A New High did get an Oscar nomination for music scoring.

I'm sure that Pons though she does display a bit of a flair for comedy here was grateful her Hollywood contract was at an end.


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