So Goes My Love

So Goes My Love (released as A Genius in the Family in the UK) is an American 1946 comedy-drama film, produced by Universal Pictures. It is based on a true story, A Genius in the Family, the memoir of Hiram Percy Maxim, which focuses on the relationship between Maxim and his father, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim.

So Goes My Love
Directed byFrank Ryan
Produced byBruce Manning
Jack H. Skirball
Screenplay byBruce Manning
Clifton James
Based onA Genius in the Family
1936 memoir
by Hiram Percy Maxim
StarringMyrna Loy
Don Ameche
Music byHans J. Salter
CinematographyJoseph A. Valentine
Edited byTed J. Kent
Skirball-Manning Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 1, 1946 (1946-05-01)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was Myrna Loy's first starring role as a freelance artist following her departure from M-G-M.[1]


Farmer's daughter Jane Budden (Myrna Loy) sells her entire pig herd and moves to Brooklyn to find a husband. On the way to the home of her cousin, Garnet Allison (Molly Lamont), Jane runs into Hiram Maxim (Don Ameche), an eccentric inventor who is her cousin's neighbor. Jane scandalizes local society by saying she will not marry for love; she merely wants a rich husband who can give her the life of ease and culture she has long dreamed of.

Amused by Jane's announcement, Hiram visits Jane and tells her she can forget about marrying him. Jane is attracted to Hiram, but angered at his effrontery. She is amused when one of Hiram's inventions turns out badly and Hiram is publicly humiliated. Jane goes to a dance, where Hiram makes negative comments on each of her suitors, especially rich real estate developer and attorney Josephus Ford (Richard Gaines). Jane agrees to marry Josephus. Hiram gate crashes Jane's engagement party, where Jane is dismayed to learn that Josephus wants her to sign a prenuptial agreement and believes Jane should be frugal, silent, and matronly. When Jane learns that Josephus has just invested in a pork-packing plant, she breaks her engagement, rushes to Hiram's home, and proposes to him herself.

Hiram and Jane marry. Even though Hiram's inventions are only marginally profitable, the couple is happy. Jane gives birth to a son, Percy (Bobby Driscoll), whom Hiram raises in an unusual, freestyle manner to encourage his creativity and confidence. With Jane's constant encouragement, Hiram finally begins inventing things which meet practical needs and bring in a sizable income. A local organization decides to honor Hiram for his inventions by asking him to sit for a portrait. Hiram refuses. Jane, pregnant with a second child, hires the eccentric artist Magel (Rhys Williams) to paint the portrait anyway. Shortly thereafter, Percy tries to be amusing by adorning his dog Skipper with a baby bonnet, which Jane had received as a gift for the expected new arrival. When Percy and his mother chase the dog to retrieve the bonnet, Jane moves a piece of furniture and jeopardizes her pregnancy. Her physician fears she may lose the baby and her life, and Percy feels extremely guilty, thinking he has caused his mother to nearly die. Jane does recover and gives birth to a healthy son. An ecstatic Hiram has the entire family sit for Magel and a portrait.


Production notes

The music in the film was composed by Hans J. Salter.

The Universal Studios backlot was used for the wagon ride scene.

The house facades used in the film were built on Universal's Stage 12. In 1950, two of these facades were moved from Stage 12 to Universal's new backlot set, named Colonial Street. The "Maxim House" was later used for the television series The Munsters. The "Maxim House" was also used in the movie One Desire (1955), while the "Allison House" was used in the movie Harvey (1950). The "Harvey House" was also used for the film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966). Colonial Street was renamed Wisteria Lane when production on the television series Desperate Housewives began: the "Harvey House" is 4349 Wisteria Lane, and the "Munster House" is 4351 Wisteria Lane.


  1. "So Goes My Love (1946) - Notes -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
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