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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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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


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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Release Date:

27 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy Blue See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Tuesday 10 January 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Tuesday 26 September 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


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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Music by Louis Alter
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Bobby plays cupid.
20 December 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Chip (Bobby Breen) is off enjoying summer camp. During his time there, he meets a composer, Johnny Seldon (Basil Rathbone), who is vacationing nearby and the two strike up a friendship. Chip convinces Johnny he needs to hear his mother sing, as she has a gorgeous voice and would be great in his new operetta. When Johnny meets her and hears her sing, he's inspired and insists she star in his show. But when her fiance insists that she not return to the stage, Johnny's heart is broken and Chip is not happy about having this guy as his potential step-father. So, he decides to play cupid and he hopes to get his mother and Johnny together by the end of the story.

Back in the 1930s and early 40s, Bobby Breen was a most unusual movie star. For a small child, he had an incredible voice...so incredible that he later quit films and went on to be a professional singer. As far as his films go, despite being relatively low budgeted, they had a certain likability about them...mostly because Breen seemed like such a sweet kid. This film is no different...with some very catchy songs and Breen once again cute and likable. And, in addition, this time the boy is given better than usual support. While oddly cast, Basil Rathbone is quite nice as the nice-guy composer.

The only thing about this pleasant film I didn't like was the mother's singing...it was even more high pitched than Bobby's and was a bit hard to take. Also, while not a bad thing, the way Chip and Johnny met in the film was a bit creepy by today's standards....with Johnny catching Chips bathing suit and the boy naked in the water asking a stranger for his clothing. In the day, it was a cute scene...today folks might be a big creeped out by it, sadly.

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