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Make a Wish (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 27 August 1937 (USA)
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his ... See full summary »

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Kurt Neumann

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Gertrude Berg (story and screenplay), Bernard Schubert (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Breen ... Chip Winters
Basil Rathbone ... Johnny Selden
Marion Claire Marion Claire ... Irene Winters
Henry Armetta ... Moreta
Leon Errol ... Brennan
Donald Meek ... Joseph
Billy Lee ... Pee Wee
Ralph Forbes ... Walter Mays
Leonid Kinskey ... Moe
Herbert Rawlinson ... Dr. Stevens
Spencer Charters ... Station Agent
Johnny Arthur ... Antoine
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Mailman
Charles Richman ... Wagner
Fred Scott ... Minstrel
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Storyline

While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1937 (USA) See more »

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Boy Blue See more »

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Mono (RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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First feature film for Jay Silverheels, better known as Tonto, the sidekick of the Lone Ranger. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Selden: [rushing into the room excitedly] Joseph!
Johnny Selden: [he lifts Joseph onto the piano] Joseph! I feel marvellous!
Joseph: [perched on the piano] Do you?
Johnny Selden: Yes. How do you feel?
Joseph: I feel like Helen Morgan!
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Soundtracks

Music in My Heart
Music by Oscar Straus
Lyrics by Louis Alter and Paul Francis Webster (as Paul F. Webster)
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Some Good Singing
5 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Bobby Breen is at camp where he meets Basil Rathbone. Rathbone is trying to write an opera. When Bobby's mother, Marion Claire comes to visit, Bobby tries to play matchmaker, but she already has an understanding with another man, who wants her to retire from the stage. Rathbone decides to go away, while his valet, Donald Meek, along with Henry Armetta and Leon Errol punch up the score.

It's a thoroughly innocuous and pleasant musical, with Bobby Breen singing several songs, while opera star (and concert violinist) Marion Claire sings the title song twice. She's one of several opera stars who tried out for Hollywood stardom, but this was her only venture into the field.

It's also a rare movie venture for Gertrude Berg, better known for writing and starring in radio's THE GOLDBERGS for twenty years. RKO had four writers (including Al Boasberg) punch up her script, which lends it a rather disjointed air. Still, Breen is a fine boy tenor, and that's what this movie is about in the end.


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