I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (film)

I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby is a 1940 American musical comedy film starring Broderick Crawford and Jessie Ralph. It was also released under the title Trouble in B flat.

I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby
Directed byAlbert S. Rogell
Written byPaul Gerard Smith (adaptation)
Screenplay byArthur T. Horman
Story byJames Edward Grant
StarringBroderick Crawford
Jessie Ralph
Johnny Downs
Peggy Moran
CinematographyElwood Bredell
Edited byFrank Gross
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 1940 (1940-05)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States



Around the time that the film was produced, Universal Studios were producing a number of musicals named after well-known songs, such as Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me and I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now.

I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby was named after a 1928 song of the same name, written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. McHugh agreed with the use of the title song in the film, sung by Peggy Moran, but did not want to compose further songs for the film's soundtrack. The rest of the film's songs were composed by Frank Skinner and Paul Smith and included the titles "The Tomato Juice Song" and "Sweetheart of Public School 59".[1]


  1. Hemming, Roy (1999). The Melody Lingers on: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals. Newmarket Press. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-55704-380-1.
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