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Buddy G. DeSylva (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
28 December 1945 (USA) See more »
It's a WONDERFUL Story ... About the GRANDEST people ... Having the LOVELIEST Time at ... New York's Most GLITTERING Night Spot! See more »
A hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald). A rich man... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Where The Real Elite Met See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Betty Hutton ... Judy Peabody

Barry Fitzgerald ... Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates
Don DeFore ... Sgt. Danny Wilton
Robert Benchley ... Tom P. Curtis
Bill Goodwin ... Sherman Billingsley
Iris Adrian ... Gwen
Mikhail Rasumny ... Mr. Coretti
Mary Young ... Mrs. Edith Bates
Andy Russell ... Jim Jones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Dress Saleslady (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Ringsider (uncredited)

Mae Busch ... Vera (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Joe - Fisherman (uncredited)
Frank Chalfant ... Messenger with Bates' Gift for Judy (uncredited)
Edwin Chandler ... Deb's Escort (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... MacFiske (uncredited)
Catherine Craig ... Louella Parsons (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Hazel Billingsley (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... Stork Club Captain #3 (uncredited)

John Deauville ... Yorke Towers Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Bruce Donovan ... Bill - Stork Club Starter (uncredited)
Gloria Donovan ... Barbara Billingsley (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Fred - Fisherman (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Nightclub Diner (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Diane Garrett ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Garrett ... Cashier (uncredited)
William Haade ... Army Sergeant Dancing with Judy (uncredited)
William Halligan ... Barney - Theatrical Agent (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Darrell Huntley ... Chuck - Fisherman (uncredited)
Mary Icide ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Canteen MC (uncredited)
Roberta Jonay ... Molly - Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Audrey Korn ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Tom - Saxophone Player (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Georgia McCready ... Showgirl (uncredited)
William Meader ... Bates' Chauffeur (uncredited)
Harry Hays Morgan ... Diner at Stork Club (uncredited)
Joan Morton ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Noel Neill ... Jacqueline Billingsley (uncredited)
Roger Neury ... Stork Club Captain #1 (uncredited)
William Newell ... Higgins - Judy's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Tony Paton ... Stork Club Dishwasher (uncredited)
Renee Randall ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Stork Club Captain #2 (uncredited)
Elaine Riley ... Deb (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Rocco - Stork Club Waiter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jackie Shannon ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Mr. Hanson - Locke's Credit Manager (uncredited)
Jane Starr ... Miss Patten - Billingsley's Secretary (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Peter - Salesman (uncredited)
Beverly Thompson ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Alvina Tomin ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Miriam Vance ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Gray (uncredited)
Audrey Westphal ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Dr. Marston (uncredited)
Audrey Young ... Jenny (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Walker 
Writing credits
Buddy G. DeSylva (screenplay) (as B.G. DeSylva) and
Jack McGowan (screenplay) (as John McGowan)

Produced by
Harold Wilson .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
Film Editing by
Gladys Carley (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Jerry Welch  (as Jerry D. Welch)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alvin Ganzer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Oscar Rudolph .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
W. Wallace Kelley .... process photography assistant (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects assistant (uncredited)
Harry Perry .... process photography assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Billy Daniel .... stager: musical numbers (as Billy Daniels)
Robert Emmett Dolan .... musical director
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arrangements
Troy Sanders .... music associate
Lloyd Akridge .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Philip Wisdom .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Buddy G. DeSylva .... presenter (as B.G. DeSylva)
Leonard MacBain .... technical advisor
Sam Ledner .... dance supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

The movie, included as a character Sherman Billingsley the owner of the real stork club. During the movie, he talks to Danny, Judy's fiancée telling him that his wife and two daughters were the only women in his life. This is contradictory to the real life Sherman, who had a longtime affair with Ethel Merman.See more »
Judy Peabody:You know I think he's a bit screwy, he thinks a girl named Ruby Stevens is Barbara Stanwyck!See more »
Stork TrotSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Where The Real Elite Met, 18 September 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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