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The Stork Club (1945)

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A hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald). A rich man, he decides to repay her by anonymously giving her a bank account, a luxury apartment ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Judy Peabody
Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates
Don DeFore ...
Sgt. Danny Wilton
Robert Benchley ...
Tom P. Curtis
Bill Goodwin ...
Sherman Billingsley
Iris Adrian ...
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Mr. Coretti
Mary Young ...
Mrs. Edith Bates
Andy Russell ...
Jim Jones


A hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald). A rich man, he decides to repay her by anonymously giving her a bank account, a luxury apartment and a charge account at a department store. When her boyfriend (DeFore) returns from overseas, he thinks she is a kept woman. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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Don can't give Betty anything but love ... Barry can't give her anything but millions! They'll give you the time of your life at New York's capital of Glamour, Gaiety, Love, Laughter and Music! See more »


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Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA)  »

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The Stork Club  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Judy Peabody: You know I think he's a bit screwy, he thinks a girl named Ruby Stevens is Barbara Stanwyck!
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Featured in Moments in Music (1950) See more »


In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Harry Williams
Played as background music in the first sequence
Sung by Betty Hutton at rehearsal
Reprised by the band at the Stork Club
Danced to by Barry Fitzgerald and Mary Young
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Where The Real Elite Met
18 September 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After the days of Prohibition where Sherman Billingsley made his money, he founded The Stork Club which was in New York what the Cocoanut Grove was in Los Angeles, where the elite meet to eat as Duffy's Tavern used to advertise. It was only natural that sooner or later one of the studios would make a film centered on the famous night spot and Paramount was the one that finally did it.

The nightclub serves as a backdrop for the story of one of the hatcheck girls in this case Betty Hutton. When she sees Barry Fitzgerald falling in a lake and starting to drown, Betty remembers her Girl Scout training and jumps in and saves him. Barry doesn't tell her, but he's a multimillionaire who then becomes her secret benefactor, much like Magwitch was to Pip in Great Expectations. Of course it all turns out a lot happier in the end for this cast.

Barry's presence leads returning serviceman boyfriend Don DeFore to suspect the worst that Betty's found herself a rich sugar daddy. It doesn't sit too well with Mrs. Fitzgerald played by Mary Young.

Fitzgerald was in the publicity gathered by his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Going My Way. For the next few years Barry received more screen time and in this case, co-star billing with Betty Hutton.

As for Betty she and the cast get songs from a variety of sources. The best known number is the famous Hoagy Carmichael-Paul Francis Webster song, Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief which Hutton sings with her usual gusto. Betty's fine, but the really primo version of this song was done by it's composer who was a pretty fair entertainer as well.

Owner Sherman Billingsley was played by actor/radio announcer Bill Goodwin. In real life Billingsley was hardly as genial a person as Goodwin plays him.

Still the film is a must for Betty Hutton fans and for those who want to celebrate the past era of gaudy, yet tasteful nightspots.

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