Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Sargent
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Mrs. Sargent
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Aunt Emma
Willard Robertson ...
Francis X. O'Leary
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Willie
Charles Waldron ...
Judge in New York
Paul Guilfoyle ...
District Attorney
Charles Arnt ...
Tom (as Charlie Arnt)
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Hank
Thomas W. Ross ...
Mr. Emory
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Rufus (as Snowflake)
Tom Kennedy ...
'Fat' Mike
Georgia Caine ...
Lee's Mother
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Emory
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Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at Christmas time. But he feels sorry for her and arranges for her bail, and ends up taking her home to his mother for Christmas. Surrounded by a loving family (in stark contrast to Lee's own family background) they fall in love. This creates a new problem: how do they handle the upcoming trial? Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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BARBARA and FRED in 1940's first great love affair ...!

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19 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Recuerdo de una noche  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 31, 1949 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

The street sign on the corner of the shop where Stanwyck tries to pawn the stolen bracelet reads "3rd Avenue" and "West 54th Street" in NYC. With 3rd Avenue being east of Fifth Avenue, which divides east from west Manhattan, the street sign should read "East 54th Street." See more »

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Lee Leander: I suppose you do this with all the lady prisoners?
John Sargent: Oh my, yes. My life is just one long round of whoopee.
Lee Leander: Well, you're in a good spot for it.
John Sargent: Wonderful! I merely have to raise my finger and my slightest whim is satisfied. Now if you'll...
Lee Leander: And I suppose if anybody says no, you just put them right back in the cooler.
John Sargent: That's right. Look when court reconvenes, I'm going to try my best to put you in jail for a good long time. That's my business, but you haven't been convicted yet, so I don't see why...
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the barn dance and sung by all on New Year's Eve
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Pleasant And Touching
13 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This starts off a little slow but gets good after Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck begin their trip to Indiana.

The movie turns out to be a pretty solid drama and romance with a few very touching scenes. Stanwyck's emotional scene with her mother is memorable. As a whole, to be frank, the film is not that memorable but it has its moments as mentioned above.

On the negative side, here is yet one more classic film in which a man and a woman hardly know each other, but decide to get married!! In Hollywood, all one had to do was go out on one date and marriage would be right around the corner! (so would divorce, unfortunately)

It's also interesting to note these two would be paired in a few more years in one of the most famous films of all time: Double Indemnity. They weren't so nice in that one!


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