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Paddy the Next Best Thing(1933)

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This film was copyrighted under the title Paddy, the Next Best Thing. A play by W. Gayer Mackay and Robert Ord [pseudonym of Edith Gayer Mackay], which was based on the novel opened in London on April 5, 1920; a copy of the play is included in the file for the film in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. According to news items and information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department also at UCLA, some scenes from this film were shot in Monterey and at Point Lobos State Park, both in California. Janet Gaynor and Warner Baxter co-starred in Fox's 1931 film Daddy Long Legs. The Irish singer Mary McCormic is listed as playing herself in most reviews; however, information in the legal records states that her scenes would not be in the film when it was generally released. The legal records also indicate that Walter Walker and Reginald Mason were both cast for the role of Major Adair. According to news items, Paramount declined to loan William Harrigan for the film because they needed him for their own productions, and Una O'Connor was at one time scheduled to play a featured role. In 1923, a British film entitled Paddy-the-Next-Best-Thing, based on the novel and the play, was made by Graham-Wilcox; it was directed by Graham Cutts and starred Mae Marsh. According to news items and information in the legal records, Twentieth Century-Fox considered remaking the film in 1947 for Peggy Cummins and assigned a number of writers to the project, but that film was never produced.