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Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | November 1944 (USA)
A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.

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Baroness Aspasia Conti
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Edward - Prince of Wales
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Alice - Duchess de Brancourt
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Ned Talbot
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Lord Thornley
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John Marbey
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Mattie Trounson
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Signor Cellini
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Madeleine Parkington Swann
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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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Una gran dama  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a move unusual for a film even today, the movie was shot in chronological order. 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

Susie 'Sparrow' Parkington: Why did you marry me?
Major Augustus Parkington: Life was too simple without you.
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Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetly She Sleeps, My Alice Fair
(1851) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Lyrics by Charles G. Eastman
Sung a cappella by Walter Pidgeon
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Get Rich with Greer Garson
10 September 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's Christmastime in 1938. Elegant 83-year-old family matriarch Greer Garson (as "Susie" Graham-Parkington) welcomes various family members to her majestic New York mansion. The guests display various excesses, which are fueled by their wealth. We will learn the family fortune, estimated at over $30 million (not too shabby for 1938), could be in jeopardy. The holiday spirit triggers Ms. Garson's life story to be told, in a series of extensive flashbacks… Long ago, 18-year-old Garson tends to guests in her poor mother's boarding house. Their Leaping Rock, Nevada home is visited by silver mining tycoon Walter Pidgeon (as Augustus "Gus" Parkington). Garson and Mr. Pidgeon exchange winks; we're off and running...

We see newlywed Garson move from lowly to life in high society. She doesn't have far to go, looking impeccable in her scenes as a Leaping Rock chambermaid. Still, attractive Agnes Moorehead (as Aspasia Conti) decides to show Garson the ropes, having given up on playboy Pidgeon. Multi-millionaires have problems too, as we discover while the decades pass...

"Mrs. Parkington" isn't a very engaging story, but it is an excellent star vehicle for Greer Garson. It's all tailor-made, right down to the way she blows the curl dangling over her forehead. The actress had become MGM's most bankable female, with huge box-office success and measured critical acclaim. Very popular with "Oscar" voters, Garson added another nomination to her collection. She does an outstanding job, though her craftiness and make-up are not often subtle. Moorehead, Edward Arnold and the supporting cast all hit their marks. Director Tay Garnett, photographer Joseph Ruttenberg and the MGM crew make everything look superlative. A sense of staginess pervades, but it's appropriate; after all, this isn't "Citizen Kane".

****** Mrs. Parkington (1944-10-12) Tay Garnett ~ Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Agnes Moorehead, Edward Arnold


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