Music: Whistler's Hit Parade

In The Trespasser, one of Hollywood's earliest (1929) sound movies, Director Edmund Goulding hit a snag: no matter how Gloria Swanson said the line ("Take him back, I don't want him"), it sounded corny. Instead of changing the line, he took the Hollywood way out: he diverted the audience's attention with background music. Goulding thought up a tune himself, whistled it to an arranger. His tune, to which Elsie Janis later wrote lyrics, became Love, Your Spell Is Everywhere.

Last year, directing The Razor's Edge, he objected to the music written for a Montmartre café scene. He whistled a new tune, which...

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