The Resource Blessed event, Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & the Vitaphone Corp. present ; directed by Roy Del Ruth ; screen play by Howard Green, (motion picture)

Blessed event, Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & the Vitaphone Corp. present ; directed by Roy Del Ruth ; screen play by Howard Green, (motion picture)

Label
Blessed event
Title
Blessed event
Statement of responsibility
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & the Vitaphone Corp. present ; directed by Roy Del Ruth ; screen play by Howard Green
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"While his boss is on vacation, reporter Alvin Roberts has been writing a snappy gossip column featuring announcements of 'blessed events, ' impending births of both the married and unmarried. Although the column is not very respectable, circulation jumps, so Alvin is assigned a regular position. Soon, he is so powerful that gangster Sam Goebel sends his gunman, Frankie Wells, to threaten him. Instead, Alvin tricks Frankie into confessing to murder and records it on his dictaphone. He warns Frankie that if someone kills him, Frankie will be executed painfully. Alvin's nemesis, singer Bunny Harmon, is opening a new nightclub and vows that Alvin will not be admitted, ever. Alvin, on the other hand, insists that he will be there no matter what. When singer Dorothy Lane begs Alvin, who has no scruples when it comes to his column, not to print the news that she is pregnant, he promises not to, but even though she is not married and will not name the baby's father, he runs the story, disregarding the harm it may do to her. Alvin is in love with Gladys Price, another reporter on the paper, who despises his column. When Alvin discovers that Goebel is Dorothy's lover and threatens to expose him, Goebel decides he must be killed. Frankie warns Alvin that Goebel's men will be looking for him at Bunny's nightclub. Gladys begs him not to go, but Alvin sneaks in through the back. Although Goebel's men shoot at him, Alvin is not harmed. Dorothy, however, shoots and kills Goebel. Later Alvin agrees to give up his column for Gladys, using his last column to defend Dorothy and announce his engagement. ... Contemporary sources note that the character of Alvin was based on columnist Walter Winchell"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
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Cataloging source
RID
Characteristic
motion picture
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Blessed event (Motion picture : 1932)
Credits note
Edited by James Gibbon; art director, Robert Haas; photography by Sol Polito; Vitaphone Orchestra conducted by Leo F. Forbstein
Dewey number
791.43/72
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Intended audience
Rating: Not rated
LC call number
PN1997
LC item number
.B5486 2012
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PerformerNote
Lee Tracy as Alvin Roberts. Mary Brian as Gladys Price. Dick Powell as Bunny Harmon. Allen Jenkins as Frankie Wells. Ruth Donnelly as Miss Stevens. Emma Dunn as Mrs. Roberts. Edwin Maxwell as Sam Gobel; Ned Sparks as George Moxley. Walter Walker as Mr. Miller; Frank McHugh as Reilly. [Harold Waldridge]
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  • 1893-1961
  • 1893-1965
  • -1962
  • 1892-1960
  • 1898-1968
  • 1906-2002
  • 1904-1963
  • 1900-1974
  • 1896-1982
  • 1875-1966
  • 1889-1948
  • 1883-1957
  • 1899-1981
  • 1895-1969
  • 1883-1942
  • 1890-1966
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  • Del Ruth, Roy
  • Green, Howard J.
  • Gibbon, James
  • Haas, Robert
  • Polito, Sol
  • Forbstein, Leo F.
  • Tracy, Lee
  • Brian, Mary
  • Powell, Dick
  • Jenkins, Allen
  • Donnelly, Ruth
  • Dunn, Emma
  • Maxwell, Edwin
  • Sparks, Ned
  • McHugh, Frank
  • Seff, Manuel
  • Wilson, Robert Forrest
  • Thompson, Harlan
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
  • Vitaphone Corp
  • Warner Home Video (Firm)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Turner Entertainment Co
Runtime
80
Series statement
Warner Bros. archive collection
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  • Winchell, Walter
  • Gossip columnists
  • Unmarried mothers
  • Women singers
  • Women journalists
  • Gangsters
  • Nightclubs
  • Popular music
Technique
live action
Label
Blessed event, Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & the Vitaphone Corp. present ; directed by Roy Del Ruth ; screen play by Howard Green, (motion picture)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from container and the web
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1932
  • "This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video 'play only' devices, and may not play back in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives"--Container
  • "Based on the play 'Blessed event' by Manuel Seff and Forrest Wilson; staged by Harlan Thompson."
Bar code
  • 31223120024923
  • 31223120024972
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
  • zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (80 min.)
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • g
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
883316452059
Other physical details
sd., b&w
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)781852475
System details
DVD ; Dolby Digital mono; Full frame, 4x3, aspect ratio, 1.37
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Blessed event, Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & the Vitaphone Corp. present ; directed by Roy Del Ruth ; screen play by Howard Green, (motion picture)
Publication
Note
  • Title from container and the web
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1932
  • "This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video 'play only' devices, and may not play back in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives"--Container
  • "Based on the play 'Blessed event' by Manuel Seff and Forrest Wilson; staged by Harlan Thompson."
Bar code
  • 31223120024923
  • 31223120024972
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
  • zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (80 min.)
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • g
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
883316452059
Other physical details
sd., b&w
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)781852475
System details
DVD ; Dolby Digital mono; Full frame, 4x3, aspect ratio, 1.37
Video recording format
DVD

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