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To Each His Own (1946)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  12 March 1946 (USA)
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An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.

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Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris (as Olivia De Havilland)
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Roland Culver ...
Lord Desham
Phillip Terry ...
Alex Piersen
Bill Goodwin ...
Mac Tilton
Virginia Welles ...
Liz Lorimer
Victoria Horne ...
Nurse Daisy Gingras
Griff Barnett ...
Daniel Norris
Alma Macrorie ...
Belle Ingram
Billy Ward ...
Gregory - Younger (as Bill Ward)
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Willard Robertson ...
Dr. Hunt
Arthur Loft ...
Bernadock Clinton
Virginia Farmer ...
Mrs. Cora Clinton
Doris Lloyd ...
Miss Pringle
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During World War I, small-town girl Josephine Norris has an illegitimate son by an itinerant pilot. After a scheme to adopt him ends up giving him to another family, she devotes her life to loving him from afar. Written by Mark Foltz <foltz@triton.wustl.edu>

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Ginger Rogers wrote that Leland Hayward first offered her the role of Josephine Norris. Rogers read the script and asked herself if she wanted to play the mother of a twenty-year-old man who is preparing to go off to war. She turned down the role and later regretted it when Olivia de Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Rogers also turned down The Snake Pit (1948), which Olivia also accepted and was nominated for another Oscar. Rogers wrote: "It seemed Olivia knew a good thing when she saw it. Perhaps Olivia should thank me for such poor judgment". See more »

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A Superior Soap Opera
7 July 1999 | by (Preston, CT.) – See all my reviews

To Each His Own covers more than twenty years in the life of Josephine "Jody" Norris (Olivia DeHavilland), a successful American-born businesswoman now working in London as an air raid warden. Jody thinks back to an earlier time in her life when she had fallen in love with a handsome WWI fighter pilot named Bart Cosgrove (John Lund, in his motion picture debut). Shortly after she becomes pregnant by Cosgrove, Jody learns he has been killed in action. To avoid public scandal, she concocts a scheme to keep her child, but it backfires. Her son, who becomes a fighter pilot like his late father, doesn't know who his real mother is. But Jody's confidante, Lord Desham (Roland Culver, in a wonderfully understated performance), does, and he believes it's his duty to right the situation. A superior soap opera, the film is deftly directed by Mitchell Leisen and features restrained, impressive performances by the entire cast. For her efforts as Jody, deHavilland won the 1946 Oscar for Best Actress. Victor Young's music is never overbearing, and Charles Brackett and Jacques Thery's screenplay is wise and intelligently written.


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