It Had to Be You (1947)

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Ginger Rogers always gets cold feet just before four weddings until fireman Cornell Wilde appears.


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Complete credited cast:
Victoria Stafford
George McKesson / Johnny Blaine
Percy Waram ...
Mr. Horace Stafford
Mrs. Martha Stafford
Ron Randell ...
Oliver H.P. Harrington
Thurston Hall ...
Mr. Ned Harrington
Charles Evans ...
Dr. Parkinson
Evans, the Butler (as William Bevan)
Frank Orth ...
Train Conductor Brown
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Duncan ...
John (scenes deleted)
Chuck Hamilton ...
Charles (scenes deleted)
Vera Lewis ...
Mrs. Brown (scenes deleted)
Oscar O'Shea ...
Irish Neighborhood Watchman (scenes deleted)


Ginger Rogers always gets cold feet just before four weddings until fireman Cornell Wilde appears.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Until he sent those little hot shivers shooting down to her toes... she thought it was a dream!





Release Date:

December 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Found a Dream  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Made it's New York TV debut on 10 September 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


The ticket for the baseball game, dated July 26, 1947, shows the Yankees opponent as Washington (Senators), when in reality they played the Chicago White Sox that day... and lost. See more »


George McKesson: How!
[kisses Victoria]
Victoria Stafford: And how!
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Followed by It Had to Be You (2000) See more »


It Had to Be You
Music by Isham Jones
Played often throughout the film
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To wed or not to wed, that is the question
7 July 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Life holds much promise as Victoria (Ginger Rogers) stands beautifully gowned in her wedding dress next to her chosen mate for the big moment of saying "I do." But to her dismay the words just never do come out and she runs off down the aisle leaving mayhem behind her. This disaster occurs three times, a year apart, in the end leaving her and everyone else exasperated.

Enter prospective groom No. 4 named Oliver and she's determined to see it through this time no matter what. However, Fate steps in with a most peculiar fantasy figure (of her imagination it seems) she names George (Cornel Wilde), who creates compromising situations in her life yet gradually points the way out for her bewilderment.

When she recalls an old sweetheart from childhood days, Johnny, who is now a fireman (also played by Cornel Wilde), she realizes he's the one for her but there are many tangled threads to set aright.

The beginning of the movie is amusing but picks up momentum as it progresses and becomes downright hilarious. I found it very funny where Victoria bursts out in confusion, "But I'm going to marry Oliver," (or words to that effect) as if trying to convince herself. It reminds me of that saying, "The heart has reasons that reason does not understand."

It's an enjoyable movie with a surprising twist to the ending. I too wish the video was available; was lucky to see it on tv.

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