This Day in History: 1938-07-05

Producer Hunt Stromberg “laughs at reports” that the cause of the 5- day production shutdown of “Sweethearts” was due to “fights” between Nelson and Jeanette. We don’t know the exact event that caused this but if it was not the “fight” when Gene Raymond gave Jeanette a shiner, it might have been the incident where Jeanette laughingly shoved Nelson a little too hard and he toppled off the staircase used in the “Every Lover Must Meet His Fate” number which sent him briefly to the hospital. Director Woody Van Dyke also made a statement about the supposed “feud” saying, “Believe me, there are no finer friends in all Hollywood than Nelson and Jeanette – and I know.”