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The Underpup

The Underpup(1939)

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This picture was also reviewed as The Under-Pup. In the opening credits, Gloria Jean, who made her screen debut in this film, is pictured singing. Producer Joe Pasternak "discovered" Jean and was promoting her as the next Deanna Durbin (another of Pasternak's proteges). According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Bruce Manning and Felix Jackson were originally assigned to write the screenplay for this picture, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Other news items in Hollywood Reporter add that the film was shot on location at Roos Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains and at Malibu Lake, CA. Universal borrowed Margaret Lindsay from Warners to appear in this picture. On April 15, 1940, the Lux Radio Theatre broadcast a radio version of this picture starring Gloria Jean and Robert Cummings.