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Little Nellie Kelly (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Family | Musical  -  22 November 1940 (USA)
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Irish colleen Nellie is in love with handsome Jerry Kelly, even though her father objects. Nellie and Jerry soon marry and announce plans to move to New York, which again angers Nellie's ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jerry Kelly
Charles Winninger ...
Michael Noonan
Douglas McPhail ...
Dennis Fogarty
Arthur Shields ...
Timothy Fogarty
Rita Page ...
Mary Fogarty
Forrester Harvey ...
James Burke ...
Sergeant McGowan
George Watts ...


Irish colleen Nellie is in love with handsome Jerry Kelly, even though her father objects. Nellie and Jerry soon marry and announce plans to move to New York, which again angers Nellie's father. Still, fear of never seeing his daughter again convinces the old man to also head to the States. In New York, Jerry becomes a policeman, although fighting crime seems to be easier than fighting with his father-in-law. Tragedy strikes when Nellie dies in childbirth. Jerry and the meddling old man continue to live together and have constant battles over how to raise young Nellie, who grows up to look exactly like her mother. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Comedy | Family | Musical


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Release Date:

22 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flickan hela da'n  »

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$665,300 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This movie contains the only dying scene Judy Garland ever did onscreen. See more »


Nellie Kelly: There's nothing like a darn good cry, is there?
Michael 'Mike' Noonan: There's whiskey.
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Referenced in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »


Singin' In The Rain
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Judy Garland (uncredited) in both a straight and swing version at the Waldorf Astoria
Played also as dance music at the Waldorf
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Judy Garland Sings and Swings
12 May 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Irish-accented Judy Garland (as Nellie) ignores the objections of lazy father Charles Winninger (as Michael "Mike" Noonan) and marries ambitious George Murphy (as Jerry Kelly). The trio immigrate to the United States and become citizens. The years pass quickly and center stage switches to identical singing daughter "Nellie" (also played by Ms. Garland). She is attracted to Irish import Douglas McPhail (as Dennis Fogarty). History repeats itself when Mr. Winninger strongly objects to granddaughter Garland's courtship...

For most of this film, Winninger's character displays an intense hatred for his son-in-law. His other traits include laziness and drunkenness. This character is so relentlessly unflattering, the hopeful ending does not count for much. There is little Winninger can do with the script, but he manages. The real main attraction is Garland, who gets to emote and sing. Her incredible voice shines throughout, but especially on the amazing highlight "A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow" and the MGM standard "Singin' in the Rain".

***** Little Nellie Kelly (11/22/40) Norman Taurog ~ Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, George Murphy, Douglas McPhail

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