GenreComedy, Music, Romance ScreenplayDelmer Daves, Robert Lord LanguageEnglish
WriterDelmer Daves, Robert Lord Release dateSeptember 7, 1935 (1935-09-07) Based onPage Miss Glory
by Joseph Schrank
Phillip Dunning CastMarion Davies (Loretta), Pat O'Brien (Click Wiley), Dick Powell (Betty), Mary Astor (Betty), Frank McHugh (Ed Olson), Lyle Talbot (Slattery) Similar moviesNever Been Kissed, Zodiac, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, State of Play, 27 Dresses, Scoop
TaglineAN ALL-STAR CAST in an ALL-STAR COMEDY RIOT!
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Page Miss Glory is a 1935 romantic comedy film starring Marion Davies, Pat O'Brien, and Dick Powell. It was based on the play of the same name by Joseph Schrank and Philip Dunning.
Country girl Loretta Dalrymple (Marion Davies) arrives in New York City and gets a job as a chambermaid in a luxurious hotel, the same hotel in which con man "Click" Wiley (Pat O'Brien) and his photographer partner Ed Olsen (Frank McHugh) are three weeks in arrears. Desperate to avoid being evicted by the assistant manager, Mr. Yates (Berton Churchill), Click has Ed make a composite photograph by combining the best features of several renowned Hollywood beauties and enters the resulting fake under the name "Dawn Glory" in a nationwide beauty contest for the $2500 prize. Dawn Glory wins.
Bingo Nelson (Dick Powell), a pilot famous for performing crazy stunts, immediately falls in love when he spots the photograph in his friend Click's suite. After heroically flying to Alaska through a blizzard to deliver serum for some sick children, he proposes to Dawn Glory on national radio. As a result, reporters clamor to interview the woman, putting Click in a tough spot. Slattery (Lyle Talbot) of the Express is particularly persistent, digging up Click's checkered past to try to blackmail him into giving him an exclusive interview. Finally, Click is about to admit the truth when Ed's girlfriend Gladys Russell (Mary Astor) discovers Loretta trying on a dress delivered for Miss Glory. Earlier in the day, Loretta had splurged and gotten her hair styled as in the photograph. Gladys and Ed pass off Loretta as Dawn. Soon, advertising endorsements and royalties make Click and Ed a lot of money.
Simeon Hamburgher (Al Shean), president of Nemo Yeast, the beauty contest's sponsor, hires Bingo to fly over the city and tout Miss Glory's endorsement of his product over a loudspeaker. His bitter rival, J. Horace Freischutz (Joseph Cawthorn), orders his assistant Joe Bonner (Hobart Cavanaugh) to arrange a meeting somehow with Dawn, so he can try to persuade her to sign with him. Bonner pays thugs Petey (Allen Jenkins) and Blackie (Barton MacLane) to kidnap her. After Petey learns that Dawn is really an impostor, he and his partner decide to blackmail Click instead. Click agrees to pay them off if they will kidnap Bingo, a persistent nuisance who keeps trying to talk to Dawn. Gladys, jealous of a possible rival for Ed's affections, suggests they take Dawn instead. Petey is dazzled by Dawn's beauty, so he does. However, Bingo tracks them down and rescues her. She agrees to marry him and announces it to everyone from the skies over New York.
Marion Davies as Loretta Dalrymple / "Dawn Glory"
Pat O'Brien as Daniel "Click" Wiley
Dick Powell as Bingo Nelson
Mary Astor as Gladys Russell
Frank McHugh as Edward Olson
Lyle Talbot as Slattery
Allen Jenkins as Petey
Barton MacLane as Blackie (as Barton McLane)
Patsy Kelly as Betty, a chambermaid and Loretta's friend
Hobart Cavanaugh as Joe Bonner
Joseph Cawthorn as J. Horace Freischutz
Al Shean as Simeon Hamburgher
Berton Churchill as Mr. Yates
Warner Bros. followed the film in 1936 with the Merrie Melodies cartoon Page Miss Glory. The film's title song, written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and performed in the movie by Dick Powell, features prominently in the cartoon. The brief plot of the cartoon has essentially nothing to do with the film.
The 1949 comedy movie "The Girl from Jones Beach" is also about a "composite" beauty. Ronald Reagan plays a cheesecake artist who paints his greatest creation using 12 models who are unknown to each other. Then he stumbles across a woman (played by Virginia Mayo) who's the perfect likeness of the woman in the picture. In 2002, two separate films used premises from "Page Miss Glory". New Line Cinema released S1m0ne, which tells the story of a man who makes a composite image of a gorgeous woman by combining the best features of several renowned Hollywood beauties - and is then faced with the challenge of producing the real woman; and Sony Pictures released Maid in Manhattan, which tells the story of a luxury hotel maid who is mistaken for a wealthy hotel guest after seen wearing an article of clothing meant for someone else. John Hughes' original script title for Maid in Manhattan was "The Chambermaid."
None of these films credit Joseph Schrank, Phillip Dunning, Delmer Daves or Robert Lord with the story.