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Swiss Miss(1938)

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The working title of this film was Swiss Cheese. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item and company records located at the USC Cinema-Television Library, Charles Igor Gorin, Inez Gorman, Helen Gleason, Ray Middleton and Illeana (who married Stan Laurel shortly after production began) were tested for "vocalist parts," but they do not appear in the completed picture. According to modern sources, actress Della Lind was given the choice of Middleton or Walter Woolf King as her co-star and she chose King. Lind, who was borrowed from M-G-M, made her American film debut in this picture. A Film Daily news item noted that producer Hal Roach was negotiating for Lyda Roberti to join the cast, and that Patsy Kelly had been signed. Although neither of them appear in the completed picture, the participation of Greta Meyer, who was included in the cast by a Hollywood Reporter news item, has not been confirmed. Actor Charles Gemora's surname is spelled Gamore in the onscreen credits. According to Hollywood Reporter news items and company records, Roach filled in for director John Blystone while he was ill, and associate producer S. S. Van Keuren directed the additional scenes shot in April 1938. Modern sources assert that while Roach did contribute to the script, very little, if any, of the footage he directed was included in the completed picture. Company records also reveal the portions of the film were shot on location at Lake Arrowhead and Stone Canyon, CA. Dancer Mike Aransky is listed in the company records, but it is possible that this is a misspelling of dancer Michael Arshasky's name. The film's pressbook notes that Franz Hug participated in the opening ceremony of the 1936 Olympic Games, during which he demonstrated the art of flag throwing. According to a August 11, 1939 Hollywood Reporter news item, Isabella Knotter filed a lawsuit against Loew's, M-G-M and Roach in which she alleged that Swiss Miss and Way Out West (see below) were plagiarized from her book So Zwei Pechvogel. The outcome of the case has not been ascertained.
       According to modern sources, Roach originally intended to make the film in color, but abandoned the idea because of the expense involved. Modern sources list LeRoy Shield, Nathaniel Shilkret and Marvin Hatley as additional composers of the incidental music, note that Jack Shaw worked on the special effects, and add the following actors to the cast: Sam Lufkin and Tex Driscoll (Bearded Swiss peasants); Bob O'Conor and Michael Mark (Astonished Swiss villagers); Val Raset (Dancer); Diane Lester Dorr, Cheryl Hopper, January Hopper, Raymond Rayhill Powell and Baldwin Cooke. For additional information about Laurel and Hardy's career together, please see entry above for Pardon Us.