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Living in a Big Way (1947)

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Leo Gogarty marries Margaud Morgan after a whirlwind romance just before shipping out to war. When he returns he is surprised to discover not only that his bride is not what she led him to ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Leo Gogarty
Marie McDonald ...
Margo Morgan
Charles Winninger ...
D. Rutherford Morgan
Peggy Randall
Mrs. Minerva Alsop Morgan
Jean Adair ...
Abigail Morgan
Clinton Sundberg ...
Everett Hanover Smythe
John Warburton ...
'Skippy' Stuart Simms
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Bernadene Hayes ...
John Alexander ...
Attorney Ambridge
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Elsie, the Maid


Leo Gogarty marries Margaud Morgan after a whirlwind romance just before shipping out to war. When he returns he is surprised to discover not only that his bride is not what she led him to believe, but also that she expects a quick divorce. Both Mr. & Mrs Gogarty must find their place with or without each other in a society still adjusting to peace. Written by Anonymous

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When a gal who's got curves... meets a guy who's got angles... it's loving... laughing... living in a big way! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

1 November 1948 (Sweden)  »

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Living in a Big Way  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This musical (which can be labeled a semi-musical) marked the second and last time that Gene Kelly would sing and dance in a black-and-white vehicle. Gene's previous monochromatic musical had been his debut picture, For Me and My Gal (1942). See more »


Margaud Morgan: For months I've been wondering why I got married in the first place. Now I know it was the uniform.
Leo Gogarty: You forget that I was in the uniform at the time.
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Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »


Here We Go Looby Loo
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly and children
Traditional Children's Song Medley
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It Had To Be -- Who?
4 April 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Watchable but pretty terrible. How shocking that this was the great Gregory La Cava's last directing credit! Even in his better known roles, I don't care for Gene Kelly. He seems to me to be smug, hostile, and self-involved. Here, paired with a minor actress like Marie Wilson, he seems to show those characteristics in spades.

Marie Wilson, playing an heiress who falls for a military man, is exceptionally hard and unsympathetic. The actors seem to be working hard to get past the hard, disagreeable core of the picture and they do OK.

The know-it-all butler is apparently meant to be funny but he seems like an extended riff on the prissy bits for which Franklin Pangborn was famous (and in which, despite their stereotyping, he was generally funny -- unlike this guy.) Phyllis Thaxter is as always very appealing in a rather underdeveloped secondary plot.

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