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My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  17 September 1937 (USA)
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When the owner of the New York Globe-Leader dies without making a will, the paper is inherited by his only living relative, an "old maid schoolteacher" from Nebraska. Martha Aldrich, along ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edna May Oliver ...
Mrs. Atherton
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Martha Aldrich
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Rita Johnson ...
Ellen Warfield
Janet Beecher ...
Mrs. Sinclair
Paul Harvey ...
Mr. Sinclair
Charles Waldron ...
Mr. Warfield
Walter Kingsford ...
Mr. Talbot
Roger Converse ...
Ted Martin
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
An Attendant (as Guinn Williams)
Leonid Kinskey ...
A Waiter
Brent Sargent ...
Gregory
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
'Doc' Howe
Robert Greig ...
The Major Domo
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William Bailey ...
Dupont (scenes deleted)
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When the owner of the New York Globe-Leader dies without making a will, the paper is inherited by his only living relative, an "old maid schoolteacher" from Nebraska. Martha Aldrich, along with her Aunt Lou, heads for New York, where managing editor Ken Morley's attitude towards women reporters prompts Martha into taking a reporter's job on her own newspaper. Then she proceeds to prove she can be as good a reporter as any man. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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17 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Repórter de Saias  »

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Actors in studio records/casting call lists who were not seen in the movie are (with their character names) E. Alyn Warren (Doctor), Selmer Jackson (Captain), Marie Blake (Telephone Operator), Edward LeSaint (American), William Bailey (Dupont), Paul Newlan (Husky Man) and Adia Kuznetzoff (Servant). See more »

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Mrs. Atherton: Just one moment. Things are starting to become very clear to me, particularly since the one thing in New York you can count on is that nothing is what it seems to be.
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Weak material bolstered by bright cast...
19 May 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The best thing about MY DEAR MISS ALDRICH is that it gives MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN a chance to prove that she was not only very pretty but a capable enough actress to ensure that in the future she would be rewarded with more leading lady roles worthy of her charming presence. Not so. MGM gave her this chance to shine briefly and then tossed her back into secondary parts in big films until she was cast as Jane in the hugely popular Tarzan series.

But the film itself appears to have been hastily put together on a modest budget with some good one-liners thrown to EDNA MAY OLIVER, who of course is a sheer delight as Miss Atherton, presumed at first to be the heiress who has inherited a big city newspaper. Of course the real owner is her niece, and when the real owner's identity becomes known to the hero, the story becomes a battle of the sexes with Maureen out to show him that his sexist attitude towards women needs some sort of reformation.

If the script and direction had been a little more sophisticated, this might have earned a better reputation as a screwball comedy in an era when the major studios were churning out things like FOUR'S A CROWD and LIBELED LADY. As it is, it's harmless fluff that gives the spectator a good look at Maureen O'Sullivan at her loveliest, billed over Walter Pigeon who takes full advantage of his role. They both play with assurance as romantic leads, but Pigeon's fans will be delighted to see that his flair for this kind of comedy even existed. He was cast in much more serious roles for the main part of his career.

Obviously produced as a programmer for the lower half of a double bill, this has its moments, thanks chiefly to Edna May Oliver's dominating way with stealing a scene. Her tart remarks are what helps make the film click at all.

Spelling note: I've tried to correct the spelling of Walter Pigeon's name, but it keeps on being switched back to Pigeon by the spell check apparently written into this review by either my computer or the IMDb site. There's a "d" before the "g", for anyone who's curious.


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