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Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | November 1944 (USA)
In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Baroness Aspasia Conti
Edward - Prince of Wales
Alice - Duchess de Brancourt
Ned Talbot
Lord Thornley
John Marbey
Selena Royle ...
Mattie Trounson
Signor Cellini
Madeleine Parkington Swann
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ...
Carolers (as Saint Luke's Choristers)


In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, and establishes their home among the wealthiest of New York's high society. Family and social life is not always peaceful, however, and she guides us, in flashbacks, through the rises and falls of the Parkington family fortunes. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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Release Date:

November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Srª. Parkington  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Ann Codee (Madame Dupont), George Davis (French Policeman) and Frank Reicher (French Doctor). It is possible that their scenes, if filmed at all, were only for the European version (see alternate versions), since their character names suggests a French setting. A contemporary news item also listed Donna Reed, Nana Bryant and Dewey Robinson as cast members, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »


At the very beginning of the movie, when the carolers are on Mrs. Parkington's doorstep, the girl in the white coat standing on the step next to the butler is not singing "Silent Night" as the rest are. She is obviously singing something completely different (which of course makes the dubbing over completely obvious!) See more »


Susie 'Sparrow' Parkington: Why did you marry me?
Major Augustus Parkington: Life was too simple without you.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »


Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English translation anonymous
Sung by the St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers as carollers on Christmas Eve
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A subtle wit at work
6 February 2007 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This appears at first to be a familiar kind of opulent family-through-the-generations saga. And Greer Garson was one of the queens of the genre.

But underlying this throughout is a droll, adult subtle wit. And the stylish stars to deliver it. There are those fairly subtle remarks which make the attractive guest smirk and the wife glare at her husband, all of whom are bound by the rules of politeness never to directly say what is, we so gather, very much going on. Remarks intended to indicate just to husband and wife that the attractive guest knows more about the husband's likes and dislikes than does his wife. They are such that other guests - and possibly some viewers - would be unaware of the true state of play. Fully adult themes with never a glimpse of stocking.

I didn't intend watching this but just heard the small bit of banter from actor Cecil Kellaway(as the Prince of Wales) who has a surprise meeting with Mrs Parkington. Rarely have I heard words spoken with, how to say it, a more skillful modulation. The speaker, who Mrs Parkington fails to recognise, is no ordinary person. The same thing could be said about the film.

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