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Artistic Temper (1932)

Ruth Etting shows how she make a perfect three minute egg by singing a song with a length of exactly three minutes.


Roy Mack


A. Dorian Otvos (story), Sig Herzig (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Etting ... Ruth Whitney / Ruth White
Wilfred Lytell Wilfred Lytell ... Dr. Jim Whitney
Lucille Sears Lucille Sears ... Helen
Johnny Dale Johnny Dale
Victor Kilian ... Actor
Frank McNellis Frank McNellis
Donald MacBride ... Stagehand
Gavin Muir
Harry Tyler
Frances McHugh Frances McHugh


Ruth Whitney is a singer who likes to be around stage people. Her doctor husband thinks entertainers are a lower class of people and refuses to let his wife associate with them. She hosts a party for a group of entertainer friends one evening when her husband is scheduled to be out of town. Dr. Whitney comes home unexpectedly and throws the group out. Ruth decides to leave with them and pursues a successful singing career. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Musical


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Release Date:

July 1932 (USA) See more »

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Stage Struck See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #1403-1404. See more »


That's What Heaven Means to Me
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by Ruth Etting
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A Jealous Husband Watching
23 November 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although singing legend Ruth Etting did not make too many feature films, she did however make quite a number of musical shorts such as Artistic Temper which she did for Warner Brothers.

She's showing a certain stiffness in her performing here and I don't think it was a lack of talent. She never gets truly involved in her role as a wife and I tend to think that was as a result of a jealous husband offstage. If anyone saw the film Love Me Or Leave Me we all know how that one ended.

In Artistic Temper Etting plays a doctor's wife who has a real singing talent, but her husband Wilfred Lytell doesn't like show business or show business people. They come to a parting of the ways when she has her piano accompanist and several other performers over for a little informal gathering where she sings and wows the crowd with her voice. That's before the husband unexpectedly comes home.

But the film is about Ruth Etting's singing and she does do several numbers that include Lovable, What A Life, and That's What Heaven Means To Me. They do exhibit her homespun and intimate style of singing.

In the end show business and medicine do combine in a not so unusual way and everyone gets what they want.

For a look at the real Ruth Etting after seeing Love Me Or Leave Me, you could do far worse than Artistic Temper.

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