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Government Girl (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 5 November 1943 (USA)
Washington DC during World War II. The machinery of government is a hive of endless, if not seamless, activity. Armament production is the name of the game, by fair means or foul. Ed Browne... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
E.H. 'Ed' Browne
May Harness Blake
Dana McGuire
Sergeant Joe Blake
Branch Owens
Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright
Senator MacVickers
Mrs. Harris


Washington DC during World War II. The machinery of government is a hive of endless, if not seamless, activity. Armament 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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5 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Dez Pequenas para um Homem  »

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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

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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 »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the Capitol building. See more »


Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »


My Shining Hour
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played in the hotel during May's beefsteak dinner
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Working for the war effort

This film describes the dollar-a-year workers who virtually volunteered their time and expertise to the war effort during World War Two. Ed Browne (played by Sonny Tufts) comes in conflict with the established manners and customs in Washington, D.C. Browne's method of operation is founded in the private sector of industry which clashes with the public functions of the government. Historically, many manufacturers had little choice but to take part in the the conversion to war production. Meager profits early in the war of cost plus four percent was little incentive for enthusiasm from all of industry. Even when the profit scheme went to cost plus eight percent, most industries could do much better in peacetime consumer goods. Many yielded to the threat of government sanctions and complied. This movie, however, points to the positive aspects of individuals working for the war effort, even at the cost of personal sacrifice. The most realistic character is "Smokey" (played by Olivia de Havilland. She is dynamic and forceful, but burning government records to support her boss (with whom she is in love) seems somewhat exaggerated. All in all, it is a fairly amusing film, with the bottom line echoed in a United States Senate hearing: "Thank you, government girl."

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