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Government Girl (1943)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  5 November 1943 (USA)
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Washington DC in the war. The machinery of government is a hive of endless if not seamless activity. Arnament production is the name of the game, by fair means or foul. Ed Browne, more used... See full summary »

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Elizabeth 'Smokey' Allard
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E.H. 'Ed' Browne
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May Harness Blake
Jess Barker ...
Dana McGuire
James Dunn ...
Sergeant Joe Blake
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Branch Owens
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Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright
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Senator MacVickers
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Mrs. Harris
Sig Ruman ...
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Washington DC in the war. The machinery of government is a hive of endless if not seamless activity. Arnament production is the name of the game, by fair means or foul. Ed Browne, more used to making cars in Detroit, is having to try and get planes made in this maelstrom. Luckily or unluckily, he finds he has a secretary who knows the political ropes - and her own mind. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Romance

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5 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Dez Pequenas para um Homem  »

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(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Leading lady Olivia de Havilland absolutely hated the role. She had not wanted to do the picture in the first place, but was forced into it by an arrangement whereby Warner Bros. loaned her services to David O. Selznick, who turned her over to RKO. Her distaste for the arrangement is evident in the wide variety of grimaces, smirks and other expressions she used to avoid creating a character of any depth or credibility. See more »

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The Wedding March
(1843)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61" (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Overacted, Silly Wartime Comedy Strains To Be Funny...
24 March 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

De Havilland found herself obligated to do GOVERNMENT GIRL when David O. Selznick borrowed her from Warner Bros. (he lent them Ingrid Bergman) and then sold her services to RKO for one picture. She didn't like the script and it looks as though she got her revenge by overacting the title role, which would have been okay if the material itself was funny. But this lame wartime comedy about overcrowded Washington never quite gets off the ground.

Sonny Tufts does what he can with a thankless role as a bungling, naive politician who has to learn the ropes from his pretty secretary. Agnes Moorehead gets in a couple of good quips as a snobbish Washington matron and Jess Barker is likable enough in a secondary romantic lead.

James Dunne and Ann Shirley tend to overplay their roles as a couple of lovestruck newlyweds eager to find lodgings. Despite its obvious flaws, the film was a moderate success for RKO at the box-office and wartime audiences seemed to go for it. De Havilland fans aren't likely to rate this among her best comedies.


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