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Free for All (film)

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Free for All
Free for All (film).jpg
Directed byCharles Barton
Written byRobert Buckner
Herbert Clyde Lewis  (story)
Produced byRobert Buckner
StarringRobert Cummings
Ann Blyth
Percy Kilbride
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byRalph Dawson
Music byFrank Skinner
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 1949 (1949-11) (New York City)
  • November 25, 1949 (1949-11-25) (United States)
  • November 29, 1949 (1949-11-29) (Los Angeles)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Free for All is a 1949 American comedy film directed by Charles Barton and starring Robert Cummings, Ann Blyth and Percy Kilbride.[1][2]

Cast

A young man invents a pill that can turn water into gasoline. While staying in Washington to register his patent, he falls in love with his host's daughter. However, she works for a major oil company and after she lets slip to her employers about the magical new formula, they desperately try to get their hands on it.

Main cast

Production

The film was based on a story by Herbert Clyde Lewis called Patent Applied For. In August 1947 Universal announced they had purchased the story and it would be the first film made by producer-writer Robert Buckner under Buckner's new contract with the studio.[3]

In May 1949 the studio announced the film would be called Hot Water and would star Ann Blyth who had recently been put on suspension by the studio; her casting meant the suspension was lifted. The project meant Buckner's proposed film Paradise Lost, 1949 was pushed back on Universal's schedule.[4]

In May 1949 Robert Cummings was cast in the male lead and Charles Barton was appointed director.[5][6] In June the title was changed to Free for All.[7]

Filming started in Washington in June 1949.[8] The Daughters of the American Revolution opposed filming comedy scenes at Mount Vernon. A compromise was reached where the scenes were shot at the grounds but not inside the shrine. There were twenty days filming at the studio.[9]

References

  1. ^ Goble p.770
  2. ^ FREE FOR ALL Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 17, Iss. 193, (Jan 1, 1950): 29.
  3. ^ DRAMA AND FILM: Los Angeles Times14 Aug 1947: A3.
  4. ^ "BUCKNER TO FILM 'HOT WATER' AT U-I: Producer Will Star Ann Blyth in Herbert Lewis Comedy". New York Times. 14 May 1949. p. 9.
  5. ^ LEO GENN TO PLAY ROLE IN 'QUO VADIS' New York Times 16 May 1949: 17.
  6. ^ SHERMAN IS NAMED TO DIRECT 'VICTIM' New York Times 26 May 1949: 35.
  7. ^ PROSER, NASSERS TO FILM MUSICAL: New York Times 4 June 1949: 8.
  8. ^ Ed and Keenan Wynn Will Be in 'Alice' Cast Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 7 June 1949: A6.
  9. ^ 'Free for All' Difficulties By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian Science Monitor. 22 July 1949: 5.

Bibliography

  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

External links

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