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Strike Me Pink(1936)

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Clarence Budington Kelland's novel first appeared as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (25 May-29 June 1935). [Contemporary sources note that the film Strike Me Pink is unrelated to a Broadway musical of the same name that opened in New York on 4 March 1933]. According to the Variety and New York Times reviews, Kelland wrote his story as a starring vehicle for Harold Lloyd. When producer Samuel Goldwyn acquired the property for Eddie Cantor, the production was briefly called Dreamland, then was changed to Shoot the Chutes and then to the release title. According to a March 19, 1935 Hollywood Reporter news item, Goldwyn engaged Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to adapt Kelland's story. Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts also list William Conselman, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin, Bayard Veiller, Edward Chodorov and Lawrence Riley as contributors to the script, however, the contribution of these writers to the completed picture has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter production charts include the following actors in the cast, although their participation in the finished film has not been confirmed: Nick Lukats, Lindy Hoppers, Fred Kohler, Jr., Tammany Young, Robert Hodges, Arthur Housman, Agnes Anderson, Harry C. Bradley, Charles Irwin and Howard Christie. Hollywood Reporter news items noted that Sam Hardy had originally been signed for the role of "Copple." After Hardy died following an emergency operation, he was replaced by William Frawley, who was borrowed from Paramount. According to Hollywood Reporter, the substitution necessitated the reshooting of approximately two weeks of filming. Director Norman Taurog was also borrowed from Paramount. A Hollywood Reporter news item stated that Bill Thomas was scheduled to create "special art work," for the film, but his contribution to the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to the film's pressbook, the picture cost between $1,500,000 and $2,000,000 and marked the film debut of the dance team Thomas and Chilton. The pressbook also notes that Goldwyn rented "The Cyclone Racer," a roller coaster in Long Beach, CA, for use in the chase scenes. This was the first English language film of actress Jinx Falkenberg (1919-2003). Strike Me Pink was the last of six films Cantor made for Goldwyn, and the first picture choreographed by Broadway dance director Robert Alton. Modern sources include the following in the cast: Geraine Greear (Goldwyn Girl), Monte Vandergrift, Wade Boteler and Lee Phelps.