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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.

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Hazel Flagg
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Wally Cook
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Dr. Enoch Downer
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Oliver Stone
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Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
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Master of Ceremonies
Troy Brown Sr. ...
Ernest Walker (as Troy Brown)
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Max Levinsky
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Vermont Drugstore Lady
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Vermont Baggage Man
Raymond Scott and His Quintet ...
Novelty Swing Orchestra (as Raymond Scott and his Quintette)
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'Pocahontas' (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron Dancing with Tall Woman (uncredited)
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Boy Biting Wally's Ankle (uncredited)
Tommy E. Baughner ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Helen Brown ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Schoolteacher (uncredited)
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Lady Godiva (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
Rudolph Chavers ...
One of Walker's Kids (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Louise Clark ...
Walker's Girl (uncredited)
Billy Diamond ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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City Editor (uncredited)
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Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Betty Douglas ...
Helen of Troy (uncredited)
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Nurse Rafferty (uncredited)
Bill Dunn ...
Theatre Electrician (uncredited)
Gloria Eaton ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Peggy Emerson ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Katinka (uncredited)
Dorothy Mae Fargo ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Diane Fisher ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Sally Harper ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
A.R. Haysel ...
Copy Editor (uncredited)
Louis Herbers ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Tearful Waiter (uncredited)
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Dowager on Ship (uncredited)
Philip Hurlic ...
One of Walker's Kids (uncredited)
Malcolm Hutton ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ...
Small Vermont Townswoman (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Sharon Keller ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Older Red-Headed Boy Chorister (uncredited)
Sidney Kibrick ...
Boy Chorister with Squirrel (uncredited)
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Ferdinand Roassare - Poet (uncredited)
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Rubenstein (uncredited)
Art Lasky ...
Mug (uncredited)
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Miss Sedgewick (uncredited)
Dolores Lilly ...
One of Walker's Kids (uncredited)
Monica Lyman ...
Salome (uncredited)
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Banquet Guest (uncredited)
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Mr. Bullock (uncredited)
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Mrs. Walker (uncredited)
Vivian McLean ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Mickey McMasters ...
Referee (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ...
D.S.C. Head - Man with Toupee (uncredited)
Elaine Merk ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Horsewoman (uncredited)
Ben Morgan ...
Wrestler (uncredited)
Miki Morita ...
Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
Jeanette Noeson ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Alex Novinsky ...
Dr. Felix Marachuffsky (uncredited)
Lee Otis Jr. ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
June Parkes ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Perry ...
Newspaper Circulation Slugger (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Theatre Electrician (uncredited)
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Mrs. Bullock (uncredited)
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Fireman (uncredited)
Dick Rich ...
Moe Levinsky (uncredited)
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Mayor (uncredited)
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Guest at Banquet (uncredited)
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Pilot (uncredited)
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Wrestling Spectator Behind Hazel (uncredited)
Dorothy Rodgers ...
'Pocahontas' (uncredited)
Bobby Samrich ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Alexander Schoenberg ...
Dr. Friedrich Kerchinwisser (uncredited)
Audrey Scott ...
Lady Godiva (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Doctor Downer's Nurse (uncredited)
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Printer (uncredited)
Hans Steinke ...
Wrestler (uncredited)
A.W. Sweatt ...
Office Boy (uncredited)
Bobby Tracy ...
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Elinor Troy ...
Catherine the Great (uncredited)
Vivian Valdez ...
Horsewoman (uncredited)
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Mrs. Cartwright - Chief Ranger (uncredited)
Walter Walker ...
E.J. Southern (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Johnny Williams ...
Drummer in Quintette (uncredited)
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Mr. Watson (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Dowager with Gigolo in Night Club (uncredited)
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Dr. Oswald Vunch (uncredited)

Directed by

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William A. Wellman

Written by

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Ben Hecht ... (screen play)
 
James Street ... (suggested by a story by) (as James H. Street)
 
David O. Selznick ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Robert Carson ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Moss Hart ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Sidney Howard ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
George S. Kaufman ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Ring Lardner Jr. ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
 
George Oppenheimer ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
 
Budd Schulberg ... () (uncredited)
 
William A. Wellman ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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David O. Selznick ... producer

Music by

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Oscar Levant

Cinematography by

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W. Howard Greene ... (cameraman)

Film Editing by

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James E. Newcom ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Hal C. Kern ... supervising film editor

Art Direction by

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Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

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Edward G. Boyle ... (interior decoration)

Costume Design by

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Walter Plunkett ... (other costumes)

Production Management

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Raymond A. Klune ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Spencer ... assistant director (as Frederick A. Spencer)
William Cameron Menzies ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Dorothea Holt ... illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Fred Lau ... recorder (as Fred J. Lau)

Special Effects by

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Jack Cosgrove ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Chris Crowell ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Arthur E. Arling ... camera operator (uncredited)
Wilfrid M. Cline ... director of photography: aerial unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Travis Banton ... costumes: Miss Lombard

Music Department

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Adolph Deutsch ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Forbes ... musical director (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Sam Berman ... title designer
Russell Birdwell ... publicity director (uncredited)
Phylis Glazier ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dave Gould ... dance director (uncredited)
Henri Jaffa ... associate technicolor color supervisor (uncredited)
Jean-Fabrice Janaudy ... press attache france, 2009 re-release (uncredited)
Natalie Kalmus ... technicolor color supervisor (uncredited)
Barbara Keon ... production secretary (uncredited)
Marcella Rabwin ... executive assistant: Mr. Selznick (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 about her relationship with Wally, but also how to conclude her now very public story, which all of New York expects will be a public and imminent death. Others, however, may conclude the story for her. Written by Huggo

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Taglines See the big fight! LOMBARD vs MARCH. Selznick International's sensational Technicolor comedy See more »
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Also Known As
  • La joyeuse suicidée (France)
  • La reina de Nueva York (Spain)
  • Ahol semmi sem szent (Hungary)
  • Nada é Sagrado (Portugal)
  • Ничего святого (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 77 min
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Budget $1,831,927 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This was Carole Lombard's only Technicolor film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1969). See more »
Soundtracks Give My Regards to Broadway See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Wally Cook: For good clean fun, there's nothing like a wake.
Hazel Flagg: Oh please, let's not talk shop.
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