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The Girl from Missouri

The Girl from Missouri(1934)

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The working titles of this film were 100% Pure, Eadie Was a Lady and Born to Be Kissed. Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Daily and Daily Variety reviewed the picture as Born to Be Kissed. "Eadie Was a Lady" was a popular 1932 ballad composed by B. G. DeSylva, Richard Whiting and Nacio Herb Brown. Although the ballad's story and the film's story bear some resemblance to each other, the film is not actually based on the song. According to a July 1934 New York Times article, the picture, which was described as "one of the most torrid efforts to emanate from any studio in some time," was "unofficially rejected" by the Hays Office. M-G-M contract director Sam Wood was the original director on the production. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Wood "asked to be relieved" from the film in late April 1934, "because he did not agree with changes in the story as ordered by the Hays Office." Although the same news item stated that M-G-M was shelving the project indefinitely, production charts indicate that director Jack Conway was working on the film by April 30, 1934. It is not known how much of Wood's footage remains in the final film. In mid-March 1934, Robert Montgomery was announced as the film's lead. Hal Rosson is listed in early Hollywood Reporter production charts as the film's photographer. By mid-May 1934, however, Ray June's name appears in the production charts. It is most likely that June replaced Rosson after Wood left the production. Some exteriors for the picture were shot in Miami, FL, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item. Hollywood Reporter production charts also add Shirley Ross, John David Horsley and Russell Hopton to the cast list, but these actors are not included in Call Bureau Cast Service records. Hopton was not seen in the viewed print. Ross's and Horsley's participation in the final film has not been confirmed.