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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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Amory Stilham
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Baroness Aspasia Conti
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Edward - Prince of Wales
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Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt
Frances Rafferty ...
Jane Stilham
Tom Drake ...
Ned Talbot
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Lord Thornley
Dan Duryea ...
Jack Stilham
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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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nevada | maid | humiliation | hotel | flashback | See more »

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Drama | Romance

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November 1944 (USA)  »

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A Srª. Parkington  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 25, 1946 with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

The gypsy fiddler plays Johann Strauß's "Roses from the South" on violin in a scene set in 1872, but that music was written in 1880. See more »

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Soundtracks

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 gem of performances, including a couple of surprises
16 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon turn in fine performances here, in fact, they're as good here as in any of their films. Garson has long been a favorite of mine, and I particularly revere her performance in "Random Harvest". This film isn't quite that good, but it is a gem.

Of particular interest here are two very unusual performances by supporting actors. When I read, in advance, that Agnes Moorehead played a French socialite...well, I just couldn't see it. But, she was wonderful, and this is an Agnes Moorehead you've never seen before! And Cecil Kellaway as Edward, Prince of Wales...again, a very different performance, and so well done.

The story itself is interesting, with Garson as an old family institution reflecting on her life. If there's a criticism about this film, it's that Garson looks too young even in her elderly makeup. But, for much of the movie, she's her usual alluring self. Is it a sentimental melodrama? Yes. But a delightful one.


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