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Nothing Sacred (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 November 1937 (USA)
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An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screen play), James Street (suggested by a story by) (as James H. Street)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Hazel Flagg
Fredric March ... Wally Cook
Charles Winninger ... Dr. Enoch Downer
Walter Connolly ... Oliver Stone
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
Frank Fay ... Master of Ceremonies
Troy Brown Sr. Troy Brown Sr. ... Ernest Walker (as Troy Brown)
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Max Levinsky
Margaret Hamilton ... Vermont Drugstore Lady
Olin Howland ... Vermont Baggage Man
Raymond Scott and His Quintet Raymond Scott and His Quintet ... Novelty Swing Orchestra (as Raymond Scott and his Quintette)
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Storyline

Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace incident was a complete misdiagnosis with mixed emotions. She is happy not to be dying, but she, who has never traveled the world, was going to use the money paid to her by her factory to go to New York in style. She believes her dreams can still be realized when Wally Cook arrives in town. He is a New York reporter with the Morning Star newspaper. He believes that Hazel's valiant struggle concerning her impending death is just the type of story he needs to resurrect his name within reporting circles after a recent story he wrote led to scandal and a major demotion at the newspaper. He proposes to take Hazel to New York both to report on her story but also to provide her with a grand farewell to life. She accepts. Wally's story results in Hazel becoming the toast of New York. In spending time together, Wally and Hazel fall in love. Hazel not only has to figure out what to do ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La joyeuse suicidée See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura Hills, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,831,927 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Hecht wrote a role for his friend John Barrymore, but David O. Selznick refused to hire Barrymore due to Barrymore's alcohol abuse. Hecht refused to work on any more drafts and quit the film. See more »

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In the final scenes aboard ship, the sun is setting over the waves in the background. The waves are breaking, however, indicating the background was filmed from a beach rather than from a ship out at sea. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Stone: Read that! Rub your nose in it. That's Hazel Flagg - the biggest fake in the century. A lying, faking witch with the soul of a eel and the brain of a tarantula!
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Each of the stars' names are shown on a title card set beside a plaster caricature. The rest of the cast have caricatures alongside their names in the credits. See more »

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Also available in a Cinecolor version "In Color". The credit for Natalie Kalmus as Technicolor Consultant is missing from this version. See more »

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Referenced in Singles (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh du lieber Augustin
(1679) (uncredited)
Music by Marx Augustin
Arranged by Raymond Scott
Performed by Raymond Scott and His Quintet
Played for Katinka sequence
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If its not one hoax, its another.
1 June 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Absolutely hilarious screwball comedy. A hotshot newspaper reporter(Fredric March)tries to get in the good graces of his boss(Walter Connolly)by exploiting the "imminent" death of an ailing young woman(Carole Lombard). By way of newsprint the doomed young lady becomes the toast of New York City until her health situation is revealed as a hoax. Supporting cast includes: Frank Fay, Margaret Hamilton and Charles Winninger. Lombard is wonderful in the role of the ailing/doomed Hazel Flagg from Vermont. My favorite scene is when March is walking down the sidewalk and a small boy bolts through a gated fence to bite him on the back of the leg and scurry back to safety. This knee-slapping comedy is directed by William A. Wellman and its a crime not to watch.


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