Delicious (film)

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Delicious (film).jpg
original film poster
Directed by David Butler
Written by Guy Bolton
Sonya Levien
Starring Janet Gaynor
Charles Farrell
Virginia Cherrill
Music by George Gershwin
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • December 27, 1931 (1931-12-27) (U.S.)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Delicious (1931) is a Gershwin musical romantic comedy film starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, directed by David Butler, with color sequences in Multicolor (now lost).

Production background[edit]

The film features music by George and Ira Gershwin, including the introduction of Rhapsody in Rivets, later expanded into the Second Rhapsody by Gershwin, an imaginative and elaborate set piece. Gershwin also contributed other sequences for the score, but only a five-minute dream sequence called The Melting Pot and the six-minute Rhapsody in Rivets made the final cut. Fox Film Corporation rejected the rest of the score.

Gaynor plays a Scottish girl emigrating by ship to America who runs afoul of the authorities and has to go on the run, falling in with a ragtag group of immigrant musicians in Manhattan. Gaynor and Farrell made almost a dozen films together, including Frank Borzage's classics Seventh Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928), and Lucky Star (1929). Gaynor won the first Academy Award for Best Actress for the first two and F. W. Murnau's Sunrise.


Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Delicious

Preservation status[edit]

On December 14, 2011, Turner Classic Movies aired a print of the film restored by George Eastman House.

On September 22, 2013, it was announced that a musicological critical edition of the full orchestral score will be eventually released. The Gershwin family, working in conjunction with the Library of Congress and the University of Michigan, are working to make scores available to the public that represent Gershwin's true intent. [1]

The score to Delicious is currently scheduled to be the seventh in a series of scores to be released. The project may take 30 to 40 years to complete, which means the edition may not be available until 2035 or later. It will be the first time this score has ever been published. [2][3]


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