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Fashions of 1934
Fashions of 1934
is a 1934 American pre-Code musical comedy film directed by William Dieterle
William Dieterle
with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. The screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert and Carl Erickson was based on the story The Fashion Plate by Harry Collins and Warren Duff. The film stars William Powell, Bette Davis, Hugh Herbert
Hugh Herbert
and Frank McHugh, and has songs by Sammy Fain
Sammy Fain
(music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics). (Sometime after the initial release, the title "Fashions of 1934" was changed to "Fashions", replacing the original title with an insert card stating William Powell
William Powell
in "Fashions").

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Songs 5 Reception

5.1 Box Office 5.2 Critical reception

6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] When the Manhattan investment firm of Sherwood Nash (William Powell) goes broke, he joins forces with his partner Snap (Frank McHugh) and fashion designer Lynn Mason (Bette Davis) to provide discount shops with cheap copies of Paris couture dresses. Lynn discovers that top designer Oscar Baroque (Reginald Owen) gets his inspiration from old costume books, and she begins to create designs the same way, signing each one with the name of an established designer. Sherwood realizes Baroque's companion, the alleged Grand Duchess
Grand Duchess
Alix (Verree Teasdale), is really Mabel McGuire, his old friend from Hoboken, New Jersey, and threatens to reveal her identity unless she convinces Baroque to design the costumes of a musical revue in which she will star. Baroque buys a supply of ostrich feathers from Sherwood's crony Joe Ward (Hugh Herbert) and starts a fashion rage. Sherwood then opens Maison Elegance, a new Paris fashion house that's a great success until Baroque discovers Lynn is forging his sketches. He has him arrested, but Sherwood convinces the police to give him time to straighten out the situation. He crashes Baroque and Alix's wedding and promises to humiliate the designer by publicly revealing who his bride really is unless Baroque withdraws the charges. The designer agrees and purchases Maison Elegance from Sherwood, who assures Lynn he'll never get involved in another illegal activity if she returns to America with him.

Cast[edit]

William Powell
William Powell
as Sherwood Nash Bette Davis
Bette Davis
as Lynn Mason Frank McHugh
Frank McHugh
as Snap Reginald Owen
Reginald Owen
as Oscar Baroque Verree Teasdale
Verree Teasdale
as Grand Duchess
Grand Duchess
Alix Hugh Herbert
Hugh Herbert
as Joe Ward Henry O'Neill
Henry O'Neill
as Duryea Phillip Reed
Phillip Reed
as Jimmy Blake Gordon Westcott
Gordon Westcott
as Harry Brent Dorothy Burgess
Dorothy Burgess
as Glenda Etienne Girardot
Etienne Girardot
as Glass William Burress as Feldman Nella Walker
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Van Tyle Spencer Charters as Man removing telephone Harry Beresford
Harry Beresford
as Paris bookseller

Cast notes:

Arthur Treacher, appearing in his fourth Hollywood film, played his first part as a butler, a role he was to play many times in his long career.[1]

Production[edit]

Lynn and Sherwood; Davis disliked the glamorous look Warner Bros. created for her

With this film, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
chief Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
tried to change Bette Davis' screen persona by putting her in a platinum blonde wig and false eyelashes and dressing her in glamorous costumes. The actress, who had been trying to convince the studio head to loan her to RKO so she could portray slatternly waitress Mildred Rogers in Of Human Bondage, was appalled at the transformation, complaining they were trying to turn her into Greta Garbo.[2] In an interview with Photoplay
Photoplay
editor Kathryn Dougherty, she complained, "I can't get out of these awful ruts. They just won't take me seriously. Look at me in this picture - all done up like a third-rate imitation of the MGM glamour queens. That isn't me. I'll never be a clothes horse or romantic symbol."[3] To Gerald Clarke of Time she lamented, "I looked like somebody dressed up in mother's clothes. But it was a great break because I learned from the experience. I never let them do that to me again. Ever!"[4] Working titles for the film, which was filmed at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Burbank studios in 1933, were King of Fashion and Fashion Follies of 1934. Warners listed writers Gene Markey and Katherine Scola as having adapted the original story that was the basis of the film, but according to the Screen Writers Guild they had nothing to do with the film.[5] Songs[edit] The film's musical numbers included "Spin a Little Web of Dreams" and "Broken Melody" by Sammy Fain
Sammy Fain
and Irving Kahal and "Mon Homme (My Man)" by Maurice Yvain, Albert Willemetz, and Jacques Charles. Harry Warren wrote the untitled theme that accompanies the fashion show. Reception[edit] Box Office[edit] The film was considered a box office disappointment for Warner Bros.[6] Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times
New York Times
described it as "a brisk show" and added, "The story is lively, the gowns are interesting and the Busby Berkeley spectacles with Hollywood dancing girls are impressive . . . William Dieterle, that expert director who has been responsible for several imaginative pictures, does well by this particular production."[7] Variety called it "a bit far-fetched and inconsistent . . . but it has color, flash, dash, class, girls and plenty of clothes . . . Just why and how Bette Davis
Bette Davis
enters the picture never quite rings true."[8] References[edit]

^ IMDB Arthur Treacher ^ The Lonely Life by Bette Davis, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1962, pg. 173 ^ Lorraine LoBianco "Fashions of 1934" TCM article ^ "Just a Dame from New England" by Gerald Clarke, Time, April 14, 1980 ^ TCM Notes ^ By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/101193306?accountid=13902 ^ New York Times
New York Times
review ^ Variety review

External links[edit]

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Films directed by William Dieterle

Man by the Wayside
Man by the Wayside
(1923) Behind the Altar (1927) The Saint and Her Fool (1928) Sex in Chains
Sex in Chains
(1928) Rustle of Spring (1929) Ludwig II, King of Bavaria
Ludwig II, King of Bavaria
(1929) Triumph of Love (1929) The Brandenburg Arch (1929) Silence in the Forest (1929) The Dance Goes On (1930) Kismet (1931) The Mask Falls (1931) Demon of the Sea (1931) One Hour of Happiness
One Hour of Happiness
(1931) The Sacred Flame (1931) The Last Flight (1931) Her Majesty, Love (1931) Man Wanted
Man Wanted
(1932) Jewel Robbery
Jewel Robbery
(1932) The Crash (1932) Six Hours to Live (1932) Scarlet Dawn
Scarlet Dawn
(1932) Lawyer Man (1933) Adorable (1933) The Devil's in Love
The Devil's in Love
(1933) Grand Slam (1933) Female (1933) From Headquarters (1933) Fog Over Frisco
Fog Over Frisco
(1934) Fashions of 1934
Fashions of 1934
(1934) Madame Du Barry (1934) Dr. Monica (1934) The Firebird (1934) The Secret Bride
The Secret Bride
(1934) A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Dr. Socrates (1935) The Story of Louis Pasteur
The Story of Louis Pasteur
(1935) The White Angel (1936) Satan Met a Lady
Satan Met a Lady
(1936) The Great O'Malley
The Great O'Malley
(1937) The Prince and the Pauper (1937) Another Dawn (1937) The Life of Emile Zola
The Life of Emile Zola
(1937) Blockade (1938) Juarez (1939) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
(1940) A Dispatch from Reuter's
A Dispatch from Reuter's
(1940) The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) Syncopation (1942) Tennessee Johnson (1943) Kismet (1944) I'll Be Seeing You (1944) Love Letters (1945) This Love of Ours (1945) The Searching Wind
The Searching Wind
(1946) Duel in the Sun (1946) Portrait of Jennie
Portrait of Jennie
(1948) The Accused (1949) Rope of Sand
Rope of Sand
(1949) Paid in Full (1950) Vulcano (1950) September Affair
September Affair
(1950) Dark City (1950) Peking Express (1951) Red Mountain (1951) Boots Malone
Boots Malone
(1952) The Turning Point (1952) Salome (1953) Elephant Walk
Elephant Walk
(1954) Magic Fire
Magic Fire
(1955) Omar Khayyam (1957) Dubrowsky
Dubrowsky
(1959) Mistress of the World
Mistress of the World
(1960) Carnival Confession
Carnival Confession
(1960) Quick, Let's Get Married
Quick, Let's Get Married
(1964)

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Busby Berkeley: Choreographer and director

Broadway pre-Hollywood

Holka Polka (chor, 1925) The Wild Rose (chor, 1926) Lady Do (chor, 1927) A Connecticut Yankee (chor, 1927) White Eagle (chor, 1927) Present Arms (chor, 1928) Earl Carroll's Vanities (1928) (chor, 1928) Good Boy (chor, 1928) Rainbow (chor, 1928) Hello, Daddy (chor, 1928) Pleasure Bound (chor, 1929) A Night in Venice (chor, 1929) Broadway Nights (chor, 1929) The Street Singer (dir & prod, 1929) Nine-Fifteen Revue
Revue
(chor, 1930) The International Review (chor, 1930) Sweet and Low (chor, 1930)

1930s

Whoopee! (chor, 1930) Kiki (chor, 1931) Palmy Days
Palmy Days
(chor, 1931) Flying High (chor, 1931) Sky Devils
Sky Devils
(chor, 1932) Girl Crazy (chor, 1932) Night World (chor, 1932) Bird of Paradise (chor, 1932) The Kid From Spain (chor, 1932) 42nd Street (chor, 1933) Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
(chor, 1933) She Had to Say Yes
She Had to Say Yes
(dir, 1933) Footlight Parade
Footlight Parade
(chor, 1933) Roman Scandals
Roman Scandals
(chor, 1933) Dames
Dames
(dir mus nmbrs, 1934) Fashions of 1934
Fashions of 1934
(chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1934) Wonder Bar
Wonder Bar
(chor, 1934) Gold Diggers of 1935
Gold Diggers of 1935
(dir & chor, 1935) Bright Lights (dir, 1935) I Live for Love
I Live for Love
(dir & chor, 1935) In Caliente (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1935) Stars Over Broadway (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1935) Stage Struck (dir, 1936) Varsity Show (dir finale, 1937) The Singing Marine
The Singing Marine
(chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1937) Gold Diggers of 1937
Gold Diggers of 1937
(dir mus nmbrs, 1937) The Go Getter (dir, 1937) Hollywood Hotel (dir & chor, 1937) Men Are Such Fools
Men Are Such Fools
(dir, 1938) Gold Diggers in Paris (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1938) Garden of the Moon (dir, 1938) Comet Over Broadway (dir, 1938) Broadway Serenade
Broadway Serenade
(dir finale, 1939) They Made Me a Criminal
They Made Me a Criminal
(dir, 1939) Fast and Furious (dir, 1939) Babes in Arms (dir, 1939) The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow's dance-cut, 1939)

1940s

Forty Little Mothers
Forty Little Mothers
(dir, 1940) Strike Up The Band (dir, 1940) Blonde Inspiration (dir, 1941) Lady Be Good (dir mus nmbrs, 1941) Ziegfeld Girl (dir mus nmbrs, 1941) Babes on Broadway
Babes on Broadway
(dir, 1941) For Me and My Gal (dir, 1942) Calling All Girls (chor & dir mus nmbrs, 1942) Born to Sing (dir finale, 1942) Cabin in the Sky (dir "Shine" seq, 1943) The Gang's All Here (dir & chor, 1943) Three Cheers for the Girls (chor, 1943) Girl Crazy (dir "I Got Rhythm", 1943) All Star Musical Revue
Revue
(dir mus nmbrs, 1945) Cinderella Jones
Cinderella Jones
(dir, 1946) Romance on the High Seas
Romance on the High Seas
(chor, 1948) Take Me Out to the Ball Game (dir, 1949)

1950s

Annie Get Your Gun (dir-cut, 1950) Big Town (dir TV series, 1950) Weeks With Love (chor, 1950) Call Me Mister (chor, 1951) Ticket to Broadway (chor, 1951) Million Dollar Mermaid (chor, 1952) Small Town Girl (chor, 1953) Easy to Love (chor, 1953) Rose Marie (chor, 1954)

1960s

Billy Rose's Jumbo
Billy Rose's Jumbo
(chor & dir 2nd

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