Maybe It's Love
Maybe It's Love, also known as Eleven Men and a Girl, is an all-talking 1930 pre-Code musical comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. 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, which starred Dolores Costello. The play had also been filmed in 1915, starring Ethel Clayton.
|Maybe It's Love|
|Directed by||William A. Wellman|
|Screenplay by||Joseph Jackson (& dialogue)|
|Story by||Mark Canfield (Darryl F. Zanuck)|
|Based on||The College Widow (1904 play) by George Ade (uncredited)|
Joe E. Brown
|Music by||Erno Rapee|
|Edited by||Edward M. McDermott|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Upton College President Sheffield (George Irving) is in serious danger of losing his job. For the last twelve years Upton has lost the annual football match against rival Parsons College. The trustees of Upton insist that Sheffield must resign if Upton fails to win the upcoming football match.
Sheffield's daughter Nan (Joan Bennett) overhears the threat of the trustees and tells her friend Yates (Joe E. Brown), 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. Nan 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. Sheffield, however, refuses to admit Tommy Nelson (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, Nan helps Tommy sign up under a fictitious name and credentials. All is well until Tommy finds out about Nan's scheme and tells the rest of the team. Just before the game, the Upton team pretends to be drunk in order to teach Nan a lesson. Just as the game is about to begin, the team decides to forgive Nan and they win the game for Upton.
- Joan Bennett as Nan Sheffield
- Joe E. Brown as Yates
- James Hall as Tommy Nelson
- Laura Lee as Betty
- Sumner Getchell as Whiskers
- George Irving as President Sheffield
All-American Football Team
- "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 has been released by the Warner Archive on DVD.
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893-1993:Maybe It's Love
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.113 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
- Maybe It's Love, produced on Broadway as The College Widow at the Garden Theatre, September 20, 1904 to May 1905; IBDb.com