Palm Springs (film)

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Palm Springs
Directed by Aubrey Scotto
Produced by Adolf Zukor
Written by Joseph Fields (screenwriter)
Based on Myles Connolly's short story "Lady Smith" in Good Housekeeping
Starring Frances Langford
Guy Standing
Ernest Cossart
Music by Ralph Rainger & Leo Robin
Mack Gordon & Harry Revel
Dorothy Fields & James McHugh
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by Robert L. Simpson
Walter Wanger Productions
Distributed by Paramount Productions
Release dates
Running time
Country US
Language English
Budget $328,818[1]
Box office $225,637[1]

Palm Springs (alternate title: Palm Springs Affair) is a 1936 film directed by Aubrey Scotto which features an early performance by David Niven.


The Earl of Blythstone's gambling losses have left him with debts. Unaware of this is daughter Joan, who is in finishing school but has gambling issues of her own, getting expelled after being caught doing exactly that.

Identifying himself as Captain Smith, the earl travels to Palm Springs, California. In time his daughter pursues him there, and is surprised when a wealthy man named George Brittel at a casino identifies the man as a cheat, unaware that "Captain Smith" is the girl's father.

Joan decides to land a rich husband. Believing her to be Lady Sylvia, daughter of the earl, Brittel is immediately interested. So is a cowboy called Slim, who even gives Joan a horse.

Aunt Letty invites a British counsel of her acquaintance, Bruce Morgan, to come visit Palm Springs and help sort things out. The earl explains his situation and why he is using a different name. Joan accepts a proposal of marriage from Brittel, who balks when he learns she is not a woman of wealth. Slim takes her back with open arms.



The film recorded a loss of $154,089.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p437

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