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The Night Is Young(1935)

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This film marked the American screen debut of European musical comedy performer Evelyn Laye, who returned to Britain permanently following her work in the picture. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart lists Stuart Erwin in the cast, his appearance in the released film is doubtful. Soon after production on this picture began, Hollywood Reporter announced the addition of actors Chico De Verdi and Art Berry to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been determined. A Hollywood Reporter pre-release news item indicates that star Ramon Novarro and director Dudley Murphy were involved in some minor disputes during production, including one in which Novarro "blew up" when Murphy informed him that he would not be permitted to come down from his seat on a ferris wheel, where he was to spend most of the day for the filming of a scene. Following this picture, Novarro's contract to do another film for M-G-M, entitled Love While You May, was "abrogated by mutual consent," making this his last picture for the studio until 1950, when he was cast in The Outriders. According to another Hollywood Reporter news item, due to the fact that the action of the film is "so completely wedded to the music, the entire script was mimeographed on special music paper, with the action and dialogue inserted between the staves and timed to each measure." An unidentified source in the AMPAS production file for The Night Is Young credits Henry Grace with the set decoration, along with Edwin B. Willis.