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Kathleen (1941)

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Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kathleen Davis
Herbert Marshall ...
John Staunton 'Johnny' Davis
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Dr. Angela Martha 'Angel' Kent
Gail Patrick ...
Lorraine Bennett
Felix Bressart ...
Mr. M. Schoner
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Mrs. Farrell, the Governess
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Dr. Montague Foster
Guy Bellis ...
Jarvis, the Butler
Wade Boteler ...
Policeman in Daydream
Charles Judels ...
Theatrical Manager in Daydream
Else Argal ...
Marie, Maid in Daydream
Margaret Bert ...
Margaret, Davis' Maid
James Flavin ...
Moving Man
Monte Collins ...
Moving Man
Joe Yule ...
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Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and her, and tells everyone that she has such a family. Because of this story, she cannot invite any friends over as they will see that it is not true. Kathleen and her nanny, Mrs. Farrell do not get along, so her father hires a psychologist name Dr. Kent to be her new nanny for the summer. Her father has a new girlfriend, named Lorraine, who he is considering for his wife and mother to Kathleen. Kathleen does not like her and Lorraine is cold to Kathleen. Kathleen envisions Dr. Kent as the perfect mother for her and wife for her father. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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22 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 27, 1943 with Shirley Temple and Herbert Marshall reprising their film roles. See more »

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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Row, Row, Your Boat
or "The Old Log Hut" (1852)
Written by R. Sinclair
Sung a cappella in a round by Gail Patrick, Shirley Temple and Herbert Marshall
Reprised a cappella by Herbert Marshall
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Shirley as a pre-teen in weak vehicle at MGM
22 March 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

'Kathleen' is a rather pedestrian take on Shirley's previous childhood vehicles. Once again, she has no mother, only a distant father (Herbert Marshall) engaged to a woman Shirley despises. When her behavior causes no end of trouble for her nanny, her father hires a young woman psychiatrist (Laraine Day) to counsel the girl. Naturally, he and Day fall in love and Shirley's problems end on a happy note. But none too soon.

While Shirley herself is charming and poised as the unhappy girl, the script is a dreary thing with no one able to overcome the inadequacies of the slim story. Laraine Day is her usual charming self, Marshall is stuffy and aloof as Shirley's father and Gail Patrick has a totally unsympathetic role as "the other woman" eager to get her clutches on a rich husband.

A musical sequence showing Shirley lending her voice to a dismal song is clearly dubbed and seems to belong to another picture, it's so out of whack with the rest of the film.

Clearly disappointing and only interesting to see Temple as a maturing 12-year old and given some nice glossy MGM close-ups. Some good moments, but not enough and apparently MGM decided not to release this one to video, at least not as of this writing.


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