Approved | | Comedy, Romance
A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.
Although the picture did not have its official premiere until January 1942, it was eligible for 1941 Academy Award consideration, and is listed in most modern sources as a 1941 picture.
Professor Bertram Potts:
We're working under pressure. After nine years of effort, we are, as the race track enthusiast might say, in the home stretch. Three more years and our encyclopedia will be finished. Let's not bog down in the middle of the letter S.
While Professor Oddly is reminiscing about his honeymoon in the Catskills, he refers to the Anemone Nemorosa plant. As a botanist, Professor Oddly would have been aware that the Anemone Nemorosa is a plant indigenous to Europe and the British Isles in particular. However, he never actually says that he saw the plant while on his honeymoon - simply that he regards the plant as a suitable metaphor for romance.
Opening credits prologue: Once upon a time - in 1941 to be exact - there lived in a great, tall forest - called New York - eight men who were writing an encyclopedia.
They were so wise they knew everything: the depth of the oceans, and what makes a glowworm glow, and what tune Nero fiddles while Rome was burning.
But there was one thing about which they knew very little - as you will see . . .