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Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  November 1944 (USA)
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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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Baroness Aspasia Conti
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Edward - Prince of Wales
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Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt
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Ned Talbot
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Lord Thornley
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John Marbey
Selena Royle ...
Mattie Trounson
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Signor Cellini
Lee Patrick ...
Madeleine Parkington Swann
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ...
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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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Drama | Romance

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A Srª. Parkington  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Fourth of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. See more »

Goofs

During a closeup of Maitre D, in the scene where newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Parkington arrive at the hotel in New York, the chambermaid with the bed warmer is seen exiting the room behind the welcoming Maitre D. In the next shot the maid is once again leaving the room. See more »

Quotes

Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt: [to Al Swann] You're a cowboy aren't you?
Madeleine Parkington Swann: He's a rancher.
Al Swann: Is there something wrong with being a cowboy?
Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt: On the contrary. I'm sure you had no problem roping her.
Madeleine Parkington Swann: Oh, shut up! You'd better take some peppermints before Grandmother comes down. If there are candles on the table that breath of yours will burst into flames.
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Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
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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