is a 1937 Technicolor screwball comedy film made by Selznick International Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by William A. Wellman and produced by David O. Selznick, from a screenplay credited to Ben Hecht, based on a story by James H. Street. Other writers, including Ring Lardner Jr., Budd Schulberg, Dorothy Parker, Sidney Howard, Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman and Robert Carson (writer) also made uncredited contributions to the screenplay.
The film stars Carole Lombard and Fredric March, with a supporting cast including Walter Connolly, Charles Winninger, Margaret Hamilton, Hattie McDaniel, Frank Fay (American actor) and Max Rosenbloom.
The lush, Gershwinesque music score was by Oscar Levant, with additional music by Alfred Newman (composer) and Max Steiner and a swing number by Raymond Scott's Quintette. The film was shot in Technicolor by W. Howard Greene. In 1965, the film entered the List of films in the public domain in the United States due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.<></>
New York newspaper reporter Wally Cook (Fredric March) tries to pass off an ordinary African-American (Troy Brown) as an African nobleman hosting a charity event. Cook is demoted to writing Obituary. He begs his boss Oliver Stone (Walter Connolly) for another chance. Wally is sent to the (fictional) town of Warsaw, Vermont, to interview Hazel Flagg (Carole Lombard), a woman supposedly dying of radium poisoning. Cook finally locates Hazel, who is crying because her doctor has told her that she is not
dying. Unaware of this, he invites her to New York as the guest of the Morning Star
The newspaper uses her story to increase its circulation. She receives a ticker tape parade and the key to the city, and becomes an inspiration to many. In addition, she and Wally fall in love. When it is finally discovered that Hazel is not really dying, city officials decide that it would be better to avoid embarrassment by having it seem that she committed suicide. Hazel and Wally get married and quietly set sail for the tropics.
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- Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg. This was Lombard's only Technicolor film. She stated that this film was one of her personal favorites.
- Fredric March as Wally Cook
- Charles Winninger as Dr. Enoch Downer
- Walter Connolly as Oliver Stone
- Sig Ruman as Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
- Frank Fay (American actor) as Master of Ceremonies
- Troy Brown as Ernest Walker
- Maxie Rosenbloom as Max Levinsky. A boxing world champion, Rosenbloom gave Lombard boxing lessons to prepare her for her fight scene with Fredric March.
- Margaret Hamilton as Warsaw, Vermont Drugstore Lady
- Hattie McDaniel as Mrs. Walker
- Olin Howland as Will Bull
- Raymond Scott as Musical Leader
According to William Wellman Jr., Janet Gaynor had originally been cast as Hazel Flagg to follow up on the success of A Star is Born (1937 film)
(1937). However, after William Wellman Sr. met Carole Lombard, he convinced Selznick to cast her.
The first screwball comedy filmed in color, Nothing Sacred
also represents the first use in a color film of process effects, montage and rear screen projection. Backgrounds for the rear projection were filmed on the streets of New York. Paramount Pictures and other studios ined this technique in their subsequent color features.</>
The film recorded a loss of $400,000 at the box office.< name="david"/>
Ben Hecht's screenplay was also the basis of a Broadway theatre musical, Hazel Flagg
(1953) with Helen Gallagher, as well as Living It Up
(1954), a comedy film starring Dean Martin in the Winninger role, Jerry Lewis in the Lombard role (as Homer Flagg), and Janet Leigh in the March role.
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Category:1930s romantic comedy films
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