Between Us Girls
|Between Us Girls|
|Directed by||Henry Koster|
|Produced by||Henry Koster|
|Written by||True Boardman|
|Based on||adaptation by John Jacoby|
play Le fruit vert by Régis Gignoux and Jacques Théry
|Music by||Charles Previn|
|Edited by||Frank Gross|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1 million (US rentals)|
This film is now in the Public Domain due to failure to renew copyright after 27 years.
Carrie is the 20 year old daughter of Chris. Chris has a new boyfriend, Steve Forbes. Carrie pretends to be 12 years old so Steve won't think Chris is too old. Steve's colleague Jimmy spends time with Carrie.
- Diana Barrymore as Carrie
- Robert Cummings as Jimmy Blake
- Kay Francis as Chris
- John Boles as Steve J. Forbes
- Andy Devine as Mike Kilinsky
- Ethel Griffies as Gallagher
- Walter Catlett as Sergeant
- Guinn Williams as Pop
- Scotty Beckett as Little prince [Leopold]
- Andrew Tombes as Doctor
- Mary Treen as Marybelle
- Irving Bacon as Soda clerk
- Walter Woolf King as Actor [King]
The film was originally known as Boy Meets Baby. In January 1942 Universal announced that it would be produced and directed by Henry Koster; Koster had directed most of Deanna Durbin's films to date but this was his first as producer. The male lead would be Bob Cummings and the script would be by Leonard Spigelglass based on a play by Régis Gignoux and Jacques Théry.
Universal wanted Deanna Durbin to star but she was reluctant to make the movie. The studio attempted to borrow Mary Lee from Republic but could not agree to terms. In March Universal cast Diana Barrymore who had just made Eagle Squadron (1941) for the studio. The title was changed to Love and Kisses, Caroline. The role involved the character having to play a 12 year old girl, Sadie Thompson and Queen Victoria. Studio boss Cliff Work called it "the greatest part for a girl in 20 years."
The following month John Boles and Kay Francis joined the cast.
Filming took place from April to July 1942.
Koster said Barrymore "was a hard person to cope with. She meant well but I think she had some of the mental difficulties her father had. She was always busy with other things when we wanted to shoot her scenes. Also it was not a good picture... They wanted to have a showcase for Diana Barrymore thinking that she might become a great actress. I don't think she had any of the Barrymore talent but she had the Madame Sans-Gene attitude on the set and in her private life. She was, well, may I say the poor man's Tallulah Bankhead."
Hedda Hopper visited the set to meet Barrymore. The day later Hopper wrote "Diana Barrymore is on the spot. With the great tradition of her family, she [Diana] can't behave like any other star out for a fling... She's likeable but has plenty to learn, and should stop playing around both on the set and in private life, which leads to those rumors floating around. No matter what Jack did, he treated the press as friend and she'd better change her tune - and quickly."
Hopper also wrote about an incident on set where Barrymore chased her then boyfriend Bramwell Fletcher all over the set to hit him."It interfered with the scene so Bob Cummings caught her and gave her a good sound spanking," wrote Hopper, "which delighted everybody on the set except for the youngest member of the Royal Family."
In June the film was retitled Between Us Girls.
The Los Angeles Times called Barrymore "delightful". Hedda Hopper said "Diana as yet has no grasp of real screen acting. Young, headstrong and inexperienced she's starring in a picture in which she might be better playing a bit."
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- Robert Cummings Will Be Starred in 'Boy Meets Baby' at Universal -- Two Films Due Today By Telephone to THE NEW YORK TIMES. 10 Jan 1942: 11.
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- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Diana Barrymore to Play the Feminine Lead in 'Love and Kisses, Caroline' New York Times 11 Mar 1942: 23.
- DAUGHTER DIANA WILKINSON, LUPTON A. Los Angeles Times 7 June 1942: H16.
- Town Called Hollywood Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 17 May 1942: C3.
- Goldwyn Renews Distribution Contract With RKO New York Times 13 Apr 1942: 12.
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- Gay Life on the Docks! Hopper, Hedda. The Washington Post 20 June 1942: 18.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 25 June 1942: 26.
- DRAMA: 'Moon Is Down' Lead Will Go to Laughton Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 18 Aug 1942: A8.
- Tricked by Tradition Hopper, Hedda. The Washington Post 28 July 1942: 12.