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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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Delightful rags-to-riches romp with a Pygmalion theme
5 November 2000 | by (Toronto Canada) – See all my reviews

Amusing and witty story of a street girl (Paulette Goddard) in 18th century London, who rises to become a duchess.

Of particular note is Constance Collier, showing off a brilliant flare for comedy as Lady Susan Dowitt, an aging courtesan who instructs Goddard in matters of gentility. Constance had a long career on stage and screen going back to the silent era, and this film displays her talents as a fine comedienne.


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