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The Doughgirls (1944)

 |  Comedy  |  25 November 1944 (USA)
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Arthur and Vivian are just married, but when the get to their honeymoon suite in Washington D.C., they find it occupied. Arthur goes to meet Slade, his new boss, and when he comes back, he ... See full summary »

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Nan Curtiss Dillon
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Arthur Halstead
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Vivian Marsden Halstead
Irene Manning ...
Mrs. Sylvia Cadman
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Stanley Slade
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Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff
John Ridgely ...
Julian Cadman
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Breckenridge Drake
John Alexander ...
Warren Buckley
Craig Stevens ...
Lt. Tom Dillon
Barbara Brown ...
Elizabeth Brush Cartwright
Francis Pierlot ...
Mr. Jordan
Donald MacBride ...
Judge Franklin
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Timothy Walsh - FBI Agent
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Arthur and Vivian are just married, but when the get to their honeymoon suite in Washington D.C., they find it occupied. Arthur goes to meet Slade, his new boss, and when he comes back, he finds three girls in his suite. He orders Vivian to get rid of them, but they are friends of Vivian's and as time goes by, it looks more like Grand Central Station than the quiet honeymoon suite Arthur expected. As long as there is anyone else in the suite, Arthur will not stay there and there will be no honeymoon. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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25 November 1944 (USA)  »

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Esposas Solteiras  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Joe DeRita. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Slade: I've got a floating kidney.
Vivian Marsden Halstead: You have?
Stanley Slade: Yes. I got it in '29 when Columbia Gas hit $7.00 a share.
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References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played toward the beginning and a number of times on piano
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Four great actresses for the price of one
5 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frenzied comedy with a dated situation, the housing shortage during WWII in DC, but an amazing cast of brilliant actresses. The golden era of Hollywood had a wonderful surplus of female stars but rarely were so many teamed in one film. The film has many funny lines and they are expertly delivered by the ladies.

It's no surprise that Ann Sheridan is wonderful she was always an outstanding comedienne, skillful with a quip or a withering look.

Alexis Smith gets shortchanged somewhat with the best lines but has a very cute scene on a pretend witness stand and is up to whatever good lines come her way plus she and Ann are ultra glamorous, as befits stars of the period no matter what time it is in the movie day or night or their economic situation they are dressed to the nines and dripping in eye popping jewelry.

Jane Wyman manages to make her character, who can only be described as a borderline idiot, sweet and endearing rather than annoying or irritating which would have been easy from a less talented actress. The role is not something that was alien to her at the time, a feather headed dame, but considering her later work and persona which was much more sober if you only are familiar with that phase of her career this comes as a pleasant surprise.

Even as funny and strong as this trio is they don't stand a chance whenever Eve Arden swoops in as a Russian commando and steals her scenes without breaking a sweat. With undisguised glee she tears into her character with abandon and wipes everybody out of the picture.

On top of all that there's still Charlie Ruggles and Alan Mowbray adding fun touches in support.

A delightful way to spend a couple of hours that this is so obscure is a head scratcher. Sadly it's never been released on any format, hopefully one day it will at least see the light of day on the Warners on demand website.


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