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Metropolitan(1935)

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The working title of this film was Diamond Horseshoe. It was planned as a production of Twentieth Century before they merged with Fox, and although it was the first production of the new organization, it was the last film Darryl Zanuck produced on the United Artists lot. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, on the first day of shooting, there was no supervisor listed, as Zanuck was handling the film himself. However, in later production charts, William Goetz is credited as associate producer. After the first day of shooting, Rudolph Mat replaced George Schneiderman as first cameraman, according to Hollywood Reporter. New York Times noted that the character of Ghita Galin "seems to be modeled after one of our front-page divas," and that the film aimed "a savage blow at the Metropolitan Opera Association for its treatment of American singers." Lib states that the film cost over one-half million dollars and came at what May have been the tail end of a heavy opera vogue. According to Hollywood Reporter, this was Lawrence Tibbett's screen comeback after three years' absence. In the film, he sang "On the Road to Mandalay," which he was famous for singing in concert and on the radio. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, E. Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen wrote the song "Last Night When We Were Young" for Tibbett and Virginia Bruce to sing in the film. That song, however, was not in the final film.