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Living in a Big Way (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 8 September 1947 (UK)
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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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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This film made its initial USA telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 11 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Minneapolis Sunday 27 January 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and by Philadelphia Thursday 28 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Norfolk VA 5 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Hartford CT 8 March 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New Haven CT 12 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Portland OR 14 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 19 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Chicago 20 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and in Seattle 28 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5); its San Francisco television premiere did not take place until 6 August 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and its earliest documented telecast in New York City occurred 29 June 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Abigail Morgan: You can't unbend the twig after the tree is full-grown.
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It Had to Be You
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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Gene Kelly along with an unseen female vocalist
Danced by Gene Kelly and Marie McDonald
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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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