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Star for a Night(1936)

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The working title of this film was The Holy Lie. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, producer Sol Wurtzel wanted to buy the rights to the play early in 1935, but the deal was held back until the next year because National-Film A.G., a Berlin-based production company, held the silent film rights for ten years from the time of acquisition. In a note, Wurtzel commented, "I consider that The Holy Lie has the basis of a story that can be just as important as the picture Four Sons which we made about six years ago, and as important as Over the Hill" (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1459 and F3.3329). Later correspondence indicates that the studio planned to rewrite the story, "retaining the basic idea." The legal records indicate that Harry Akst and Sidney Clare wrote an additional song for the film, "Argentine Swing," which was cut. That song remained the property of Twentieth Century-Fox, and it was subsequently used in their 1937 film Big Town Girl (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0335), which also starred Claire Trevor. The National-Film silent film based on the play was released in 1927 and entitled Die heilige Lge.