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She Had to Eat

She Had to Eat(1937)

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The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, and the onscreen credits were taken from a screen credit sheet in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, both of which are at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. According to information in the legal records, the project began when the studio purchased an unpublished, uncopyrighted story from James Edward Grant. Samuel G. Engel and M. M. Musselman then worked on a treatment and screenplay together, although the screen credits read "Screen play by Samuel G. Engel; Based on the stories by M. M. Musselman and James Edward Grant." Other writers who worked on the project were Willis Cooper, Curtis Kenyon and Norman Burnstine, but it is not known if their material was included in the final film. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Arline Judge was originally scheduled for the role of "Ann Garrison." Walter Catlett is listed as a cast member in a Hollywood Reporter production chart, but his participation in the final film is doubtful. Reviewers noted that the humor in this film was of the same type as that in other recent films. Motion Picture Herald commented, "With variations in the pattern, this picture follows the general direction of recent comedies in which the characters become embroiled in incredible situations, fantastic enough to provoke loud laughter when properly handled." Variety noted that the "prevailing Hollywood notion [is] that nothing is so important as a laugh."