Make A Wish (August 27, 1937)
Released on August 27, 1937: (running time 1 hour and 16 minutes) Basil Rathbone is composer Johnny Selden, and he needs inspiration to create his next Broadway Show.
Produced by Sol Lesser
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Written by Gertrude Berg, Al Boasberg, William Hurlbut, Bernard Schubert and Earle Snell
The Actors: Bobby Breen (Chip Winters), Basil Rathbone (Johnny Selden, Broadway composer), Marion Claire (Irene Winters), Henry Armetta (Moreta, song writer), Leon Errol (Brennan, song writer), Donald Meek (Joseph, Johnny's butler with the soul of a poet), Billy Lee (Pee Wee), Ralph Forbes (Walter Mays), Leonid Kinskey (Moe, grocery delivery man), Herbert Rawlinson (Doctor Stevens), Spencer Charters (station agent), Johnny Arthur (Antoine), Lew Kelly (the mailman), Charles Richman (Wagner, Broadway producer), Fred Scott (minstrel), Lillian Harmer (Clara), Barbara Barondess (the secretary), Dorothy Appleby (telephone girl), Richard Tucker (Grant), Phillip McMahon (Chunky), Billy Lechner (judge), Jackie Egger (Bud), Tommy Bupp (boy when puppies are found), Patsy Currier (girl), Herbert Holcombe (unknown), Lon McCallister (unknown), Carlyle Moore Jr. (unknown), Tommy Ryan (unknown), Jay Silverheels (unknown), Jack White (unknown), Francis Hertz (one of the Thompson twin boys), John Hertz (one of the Thompson twin boys)
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Johnny and Chip Make a Wish
Bobby Breen was ten years old when he made this movie, the third in a string of hits. The young Canadian lad first sang in a Toronto nightclub at the age of four, and his career skyrocketed until his voice changed. When he lost his boyish soprano voice, he also lost his career, and never recovered.
Basil Rathbone, better known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, is a happy young playwright named Johnny, who has lost his mojo. He has committed to write songs for a new Broadway show, but he cannot find any inspiration for it, and his producer is getting upset.
Johnny, the song writer, is staying at a wilderness cabin on the edge of Birch Lake in Maine, far away from New York City. Across the lake is a summer camp for boys, and young Chip Winters, played by Bobby Breen is one of the boys at the camp.
Johnny needs inspiration for a new Broadway play, and his wish is for a muse to inspire him. Young Chip, one of the boys at the summer camp, lost his father four years ago and his wish is for a new father, to help his lonely mother. Chip’s mother is Irene, played by Marion Claire, in her only motion picture appearance.
Marion Claire was born in 1902, and when she was ten years old she was playing violin with concert orchestras around the world. As an adult she was an opera star performing regularly in New York, Chicago, Milan, Berlin and Bordeaux, but only one time in Hollywood in front of the cameras, during the grand finale for this story.
Johnny needs an inspiration to write new songs, and Chip needs a new father to be with his mother. Cross your fingers and Make A Wish. . . . It is time for summer camp to begin. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Basil Rathbone and Marion Claire
Donald Meek and Basil Rathbone
Dorothy Appleby and Bobby Breen
Francis and John Hertz
Henry Armetta and Leon Errol
Herbert Rawlinson and Ralph Forbes
Jack Egger and Billy Lee
Leon Errol and Henry Armetta
Lillian Harmer and Bobby Breen
Marion Claire and Bobby Breen
Richard Tucker and Johnny Arthur