Maybe It's Love
|Maybe It's Love
(aka Eleven Men and A Girl)
|Directed by||William A. Wellman|
|Produced by||Warner Brothers|
|Written by||George Ade (play:The College Widow)
Mark Canfield (aka:Darryl F. Zanuck (story or adaptation)
Joseph Jackson (screenplay)
Joe E. Brown
|Music by||Erno Rapee
|Editing by||Edward M. McDermott|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers|
|Release dates||October 4, 1930|
|Running time||74 minutes|
Maybe It's Love (aka: Eleven Men and A Girl) is an all-talking 1930 musical comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers and directed by William A. Wellman. The movie stars Joan Bennett, Joe E. Brown and James Hall. The film is based on George Ade's 1904 play The College Widow and is a remake of Warner's own 1927 silent version of the story that starred Dolores Costello. The play had also been filmed in 1915 and starred Ethel Clayton. The film is preserved in the Library of Congress and occasionally is broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. 
George Irving, the president of Upton college is in serious danger of losing his job. For the last twelve years Upton has lost the football match against Parsons college. The trustees of Upton insist that Irving must resign if Upton fails to win the upcoming football match. Joan Bennett, who is Irving's daughter, overhears the threat of the trustees and tells her friend Joe E. Brown, who is a star football player. Together they come up with a scheme to get some of the best football players around to sign up to play for Upton. Bennett completely changes her appearance to vamp the various men into thinking she will be interested in them if they attend Upton in the following season and play for the football team. One by one they all fall for the scheme and sign up for Upton. Irving, however, refuses to admit James Hall into the college because of his poor performance in academics. Because of the coach's insistence on needing him to win the game, Bennett helps Hall sign up under a fictitious name and credentials. All is well until Hall finds out about Bennett scheme and tells the rest of the team. Just before the game, the Upton team pretends to be drunk in order to teach Bennett a lesson. Just as the game is about to begin, the team decides to forgive Bennett and they win the game for Upton.
- Joan Bennett - Nan Sheffield
- Joe E. Brown - Yates
- James Hall - Tommy Nelson
- Laura Lee - Betty
- Sumner Getchell - Whiskers
- George Irving - College Professor
- "Maybe It's Love"
- "I Love to Do It" (cut from domestic release prints)
- "The All American"
- "Keep It Up For Upton"
Originally planned as a full scale musical, much of the music was removed before release because of the public's apathy and aversion towards musicals in the autumn of 1930. A longer musical version may have been released in countries outside the United States where a backlash against musicals never occurred. It is unknown whether a copy of this fuller version still exists.
The domestic version of the film survives complete and has been released by the Warner Archive on DVD.
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
- Maybe It's Love, produced on Broadway as The College Widow at the Garden Theatre, September 20, 1904 to May 1905; IBDb.com