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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
A movie for dieters! 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Judy Peabody:You know I think he's a bit screwy, he thinks a girl named Ruby Stevens is Barbara Stanwyck!See more »
Soundtrack:
If I Had A Dozen HeartsSee more »

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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A movie for dieters!, 29 October 2001
Author: tommythek from Bolingbrook, Illinois

Why is this a movie for dieters? Because it is so lightweight! Try to control your hysterical laughter at my most amusing joke. But seriously, folks, I wanna tellya .....

For those movie viewers who like to think about what they're watching while they're watching it, this movie is not for you. For those movie viewers who want to simply forget about what ails the world and who have no better way to pass about 1¾ hours, this movie is for you. Oh! To halfway enjoy this movie, it also helps if you like old movies, now-dead movie stars and mostly forgettable music which has long since been forgotten.

The main beneficiary of this movie was none other than Sherman Billingsley. He was the owner and proprietor of New York City's famous Stork Club. Not only did he get to have a movie named for his popular nightclub, but he's also a main character in the movie. Talk about your free publicity! Unfortunately for Shermie, he did not get to play himself in the movie. That task fell to Bill Goodwin, George and Gracie's renowned radio announcer. But the real stars of this piece of fluff are the effervescent Betty Hutton and the movies' favorite persnickety Irishman, Barry Fitzgerald. The plot revolves around romantic mixups involving Betty, Barry and Bill -- the three B's? -- as well as Don DeFore and the inimitable humorist, Robert Benchley. It's the type of contrived plot that tests the credulity of even the most tolerant viewer, so you can imagine how the intolerant are likely to react.

For me, the movie's most disappointing aspect was its music. And that's the main reason I had opted to watch it! This movie employed some of the top songwriters of the 1940s (as well as of other decades) -- Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans -- the best and most famous of the group employed. The movie was even co-written and co-produced by Buddy DeSylva, a pretty fair country songwriter in his own right from the 1920s and 1930s. Out of that entire group, the best and only worthwhile song they were able to come up with was Hoagy and Paul Francis' "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief." Although this song helped put Betty on the map and was quite popular in its day, when one thinks back to the memorable songs of that era, "D, L, I C" is not one that will pop readily into anyone's mind. And it stands out head and shoulders above all other songs in this movie!

One person who lost out by this movie's musical dearth was Andy Russell. Andy was one of the better crooners of the 1940s and, in my book, much underrated. He made his musical debut in this movie and that great roster of songwriters gave him NOTHING worthwhile to sing. It was the musical equivalent of, let's say, Lawrence Olivier making his movie debut with all of his dialogue being written by ..... ME!!!

So, any of you folks needing to shed a few pounds, you can't do better than to start with "The Stork Club." It's lightweight, low-calorie and, in 1¾ hours, will take two inches off that ole tum-tum. Guaranteed! If not, your money cheerfully refunded ..... in full!

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