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Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  23 January 1942 (USA)
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Jerry North (William Post Jr.) and his wife, Pam (Gracie Allen)return home after a night away in a holiday spirit. The spirit soon vanishes when the body of a man falls out of the liquor ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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William Post Jr. ...
Gerald P. North
Paul Kelly ...
Lieutenant Weigand
Rose Hobart ...
Carol Brent
Virginia Grey ...
Jane Wilson
Tom Conway ...
Louis Berex
Felix Bressart ...
Arthur Talbot
Stuart Crawford ...
Stuart Blanton
Porter Hall ...
George Heyler
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Mullins
Lucien Littlefield ...
Barnes
Inez Cooper ...
Mabel Harris
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Kumi
Jerome Cowan ...
Ben Wilson
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Buano
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Jerry North (William Post Jr.) and his wife, Pam (Gracie Allen)return home after a night away in a holiday spirit. The spirit soon vanishes when the body of a man falls out of the liquor closet. The corpse is identified as Stanley Brent, the estranged husband of Carol Brent (Rose Hobart), a friend of Pam's. As the clues are unearthed, it appears that some member of the North's social circle, who knew they would be away, gained entrance to their apartment, asked Brent to come there and murdered him. Pam tries to establish alibis for all of her friends, and in doing so inadvertently establishes who killed Brent. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SHE'S GOT CORPSES IN HER CLOSET!...AND COPS IN HER HAIR (original 8x7 newspaper ad- all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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23 January 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Millard Mitchell originated his movie role in the play by Owen Davis, which opened in New York on 12 January 1941 and ran for 163 performances. Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin played Mr. and Mrs. North. See more »

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Good Morning
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on piano by 'Stuart Crawford' and sung by the guests
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Allen without Burns is not good
21 January 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I recall, as a young lad, listening to Mr. & Mrs. North on the radio. The show was, basically, a clone of "The Thin Man" with the North's engaging in amusing banter and solving murders a la Nick & Nora (but with no Asta). However, when MGM decided to make a motion picture about the North's, they went for the broad laughs by casting Gracie Allen as Pam North. This obvious miscasting simply did not work.

Gracie Allen was an attractive woman who, for many years, played a lovable, scatterbrained character on Radio, Television, and in a few movies. She did this to perfection. But, the common denominator in her career was the presence of her husband, the talented and much loved George Burns. Burns was perfect at playing the straight man and comic foil for Gracie and her outrageous ramblings. But, Burns wasn't in this movie and the resulting mediocre effort shows it. Instead of being funny, Gracie was simply annoying and, at times, obnoxious in her role. This movie would have been so much better with a different actress playing the part of Pam North.

From my standpoint, one very pleasant surprise was the casting of Fortunio Bonanova as the North's landlord. He was only in a couple of early scenes but, his presence in any movie is always a treat for me. His rich, Italian accented voice is superb, whether he is speaking or singing.

All in all, this is a decent little comedy-mystery but, it sure could have, and would have been better without Gracie Allen.


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