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Vogues of 1938 (1937)

The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Bella Spewack (original screenplay), Sam Spewack (original screenplay) (as Samuel Spewack)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... George Curson
Joan Bennett ... Wendy Van Klettering
Helen Vinson ... Mary Curson
Mischa Auer ... Prince Muratov
Alan Mowbray ... Henry Morgan
Jerome Cowan ... W. Brockton
Alma Kruger ... Sophie Miller
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. George Curtis-Lemke
Penny Singleton ... Miss Violet Sims (as Dorothy McNulty)
Polly Rowles ... Betty Mason
George Tapps George Tapps ... Tap Dancer (as Georgie Tapp)
Virginia Verrill ... Singer
Fred Lawrence ... Singer
Gloria Gilbert Gloria Gilbert ... Ballet Dancer
The Olympic Trio The Olympic Trio ... Roller Skating Duet (as Olympic Trio)
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Storyline

The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for high-fashion clothing designer George Curson, whom she soon falls for. But he's happily married (at least on his side) and going into debt financing a show to please wife Mary's desire for stardom. Vindictive Morgan, jealous of George, hopes to hasten his ruin. Can the House of Curson be saved? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vogues See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1937, Max Factor Company debuted a new type of makeup that was specially designed for use in color film. This was the first film to make use of this particular brand of makeup. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits appear on pieces of fabric that unroll, and after each credit appears, the fabric displaying it is cut by a fashion model with a giant pair of scissors. See more »

Soundtracks

King of Jam
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Music by Louis Alter
Danced by Rocco and Saulter
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The House Of Curson
9 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Walter Wanger produced this United Artist's release and with Vogues Of 1938 he was hoping to cut into the musical market that Warner Brothers, MGM, and Sam Goldwyn dominated. He was hoping to use Carole Lombard in the lead, but it turned out to be a vehicle for his own wife Joan Bennett.

Interestingly enough he got Warner Baxter to appear opposite his wife as the male lead and neither of them are singers. In fact the film is carefully divided between the musical and dramatic portions. The musical bits are not part of the plot and the score is from a variety of sources.

Baxter is the owner of the House Of Curson a famed fashion design house that's come down to him in three generations. In a roundabout way he makes the acquaintance of Joan Bennett who is the owner of a great society name, but the family has seen better days financially. She's marrying dull and plodding Alan Mowbray to cure that. But she leaves him standing at the altar.

The notoriety Bennett has gotten leaving Mowbray makes Baxter ask her to be his new top model. That doesn't leave Baxter's wife Helen Vinson very happy. But she's jumping for joy as Mowbray is determined to ruin Baxter and he sets up Mischa Auer in a rival house to ruin him. Of course all the fashion espionage tricks are played by both sides.

In the end Baxter to show off his latest designs puts on a musical show and this is where the bulk of the numbers come in. Here and in a scene with Baxter and Bennett at the famous Harlem Cotton Club. The show that Baxter puts on is entitled Vogues Of 1938.

Vogues Of 1938 received two Oscar nominations for Best Art Design and for Best Song with Lew Brown and Sammy Fain's That Old Feeling. That Old Feeling is a song done by about every recording artist you can name. It is introduced in fine style by Virginia Verrill at the Cotton Club sequence. It certainly is one eternally enduring standard.

Walter Wanger put a lot into this film and he got good if not great results.


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