Life Begins at Eight-Thirty

Synopsis
Feature film. Kathy (Lupino) lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas (Woolley), a celebrated and cynical actor brought down by drink. Lame from an early age, and feeling trapped with her father in her restricted world, Kathy meets fellow tenant Robert. Robert helps secure a role for Madden in a new production of King Lear. There are several scenes of the rehearsal for the play, and the father’s tyrannical hold on, and love for, his daughter could be seen as a plot parallel with Shakespeare’s play.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1942
Duration
85 mins

Credits

Director
Irving Pichel
Producer
Nunnally Johnson
Cinematographer
Edward Cronjager
Writer
Nunnally Johnson
Music
Alfred Newman
Costume
Earl Luick
Art Direction
Boris Leven; Richard Day (2)
Cast
Cornel WildeRobert Carter
Ida LupinoKathy Thomas
Monty WoolleyMadden Thomas

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
King Lear
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals

Notes

General
Based on the play The Light of Heart by Emlyn Williams. F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed on IMDb as an uncredited screenplay writer.

Production Company

Name

20th Century Fox

Archive

Name

UCLA Film & Television Archive

Email
arsc@ucla.edu
Web
http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/access/databases.html External site opens in new window
Phone
(310) 206 5388
Fax
(310) 206 5392
Address
Individual Access
Archive Study and Research Center
46 Powell Library
302 East Melnitz
Los Angeles
CA90095-1323
USA

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