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Merrily We Live (1938) Poster

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Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke, and Constance Bennett had worked on director Norman Z. McLeod's previous film, Topper (1937). The commercial and critical success of Topper played a large role in their inclusion in this film.
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Although not credited onscreen or noted by reviewers or the SAB, this film is so similar to What a Man (1930) (same plot and even many of the same character names) that the source of the screenplay must surely be the same for both films. Both the 1924 novel "The Dark Chapter; a Comedy of Class Distinctions" by E.J. Rath and the play "They All Want Something" has been added to the writers section. The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 12 October 1926 and closed in December 1926 after 62 performances.
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The family's car is a Dusenberg Model J. Only 481 were built from 1928 to 1937. Each car had custom coachwork, with prices ranging from $13,500 to $25,000 ($233,000 to $431,000 in 2017). At auction, in excellent condition, these cars can fetch more than $1,000,000 in 2017 - and sometimes much more depending on its pedigree (e.g. the one owned by Clark Gable).
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Features Billie Burke's only Oscar nominated performance.
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In a very overt product placement tie-in, the Southern California Gas Company took out newspaper ads touting the gas appliances seen in the film's kitchen set.
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This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 11 September 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Detroit Sunday 20 February 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Sunday 17 July 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Cincinnati Saturday 30 July 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures.
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Ronald Colman was originally considered for the role of Wade Rawlins.
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Clarence Kolb and Marjorie Rambeau would be reunited in the 1957 film Man of a Thousand Faces. the last feature film for each.
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