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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  »

Box Office


$665,300 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Michael 'Mike' Noonan: A clay pipe is a great blessing to a man. When you drop it you don't have pick it up.
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Referenced in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »


A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow
Music Adapted by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Roger Edens
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Judy Garland after Jerry proposes
Played on piano and sung by her (as Little Nellie Kelly)
Reprised again by Judy Garland in a swing version
Played as background music often
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Joy with Judy (if with no one else)
26 September 2002 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

Not a great movie, by any means, but with judicious use of your fast forward button, you can enjoy a delectable performance by Judy Garland, both as actress and singer.

Up to this point in her career--with the exception of "The Wizard of Oz"- -Judy Garland had been playing second fiddle to Mickey Rooney pretty much non-stop. Now, without him, she comes into her own, and becomes the belle of the ball.

The rest of the cast is mildly appealing, with the exception of Charles Winninger. He plays a man so selfish that everyone else's indulgence of him seems astounding.

My advice: fast forward to Judy as young Nelly Kelly.

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