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Director:
Writers:
Buddy G. DeSylva (screenplay) and
Jack McGowan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 December 1945 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's a WONDERFUL Story ... About the GRANDEST people ... Having the LOVELIEST Time at ... New York's Most GLITTERING Night Spot! See more »
Plot:
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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Hutton Pt.2: From Morgan's Creek to Mature Leading Lady
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Actress Martha Stewart Has Died
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Solid Vehicle For Betty Hutton That Gets a Big Boost From Barry Fitzgerald See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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 
 
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 
 
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 arranger
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)
 
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98 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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 »
Quotes:
Judy Peabody:You know I think he's a bit screwy, he thinks a girl named Ruby Stevens is Barbara Stanwyck!See more »
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Solid Vehicle For Betty Hutton That Gets a Big Boost From Barry Fitzgerald, 17 February 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This is a solid vehicle for Betty Hutton that gives her plenty of opportunities to use her singing ability as well as her upbeat, energetic acting style. It's far from flawless, but it gets a big boost from Barry Fitzgerald, and the sharp contrast between the two stars and their characters also lends some substance to the enjoyable but rather fluffy plot.

Hutton and Fitzgerald are certainly an intriguing pairing, with seemingly nothing in common. The story setup has Fitzgerald as a cranky, friendless millionaire whom Hutton's character rescues from drowning. The millionaire's determination to help the good-hearted hat check girl gets tangled up with her own misunderstandings and difficulties, creating an implausible but entertaining story. The setting in the popular Stork Club provides a suitable backdrop to the plot.

Hutton just has to be natural in the role, and she fits into the part well. Fitzgerald played this kind of role as well as any other character actor, past or present, and his style usually makes even the blandest lines of dialogue worth listening to. The cast also includes Robert Benchley, who adds his dry humor in the role of the millionaire's lawyer. Benchley is always amusing, and he gets some fine moments even though he is not on-screen all that often. The stolid Don Defore is well cast as Hutton's earnest but unimaginative boyfriend, and he serves as a good straight man for the others.

This probably would have been improved with a tighter script and a crisper pace. Its deliberately improbable story is fun to watch, but it's the kind of story that works best when the dialogue and action both move along briskly. With some of the slow stretches removed or shortened, this might be quite a good movie. But even as it stands, it's enjoyable enough as very light entertainment.

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