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Kitty (1945)

Approved | | Drama, History | 25 January 1946 (USA)
An 18th century London wench gets involved with the nobility.

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Cast

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Sir Hugh Marcy
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Brett Harwood Earl of Carstairs
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Duke of Malmunster
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Thomas Gainsborough
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Lady Susan Dowitt
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Jonathan Selby
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Old Meg
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Dobson
Gordon Richards ...
Michael Dyne ...
Prince of Wales
Edgar Norton ...
Earl of Campton
Patricia Cameron ...
Elaine Carlisle
Percival Vivian ...
Dr. Holt
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Nanny
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Storyline

London, 1783: Kitty, a saucy wench of the slums, meets the painter Gainsborough by stealing his shoes. He paints her as an "anonymous lady" who excites the interest of his noble friends, notably penniless Sir Hugh Marcy, who schemes to pass Kitty off as a genuine lady (a formidable task) and marry her off for financial gain. But Kitty has her own ideas about the uses of matrimony. Lots of decolletage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She made a career out of love.

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25 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La duchesse des bas-fonds  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Completed in 1944, but not released until a year later, at the end of 1945. See more »

Quotes

Dobson: Here, take this tea up to her ladyship.
Kitty: How'll I find 'er?
Dobson: Drunk as usual.
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Soundtracks

TAMBOURIN
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Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Danced by uncredited actress (character Signorina Baccelli)
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Give us a DVD! A great, fun, bawdy, yet sophisticated, gem.
14 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paulette Goddard deserves to have this movie seen and enjoyed, and so do we. She was a charming actress, and this film gave her a chance to show it. Ray Milland is also a very charming cad. It's been too long since I've seen it, on TV when I was much younger, but I remember how much I liked it. For years I think I had it confused with FOREVER AMBER, but I was able to get ahold of that film on VHS a couple of years ago, and was greatly disappointed--I thought it sure wasn't as good as I remembered. It wasn't until I happened upon KITTY while looking at films done by Paulette, whom I also loved in REAP THE WILD WIND, that I realized I was disappointed by AMBER because it was not KITTY. Well, so it goes.

Come on, whoever owns the Paramount vault, dig into it. And look at other Mitchell Leisen films too, like HOLD BACK THE DAWN, TO EACH HIS OWN, and LADY IN THE DARK (which I don't think I've seen but would love to). He is one of the great UNDISCOVERED directors.

Give us DVDs--PLEEEEZE.

leisen


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