The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

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In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Dick Haymes ...
Alice Pritchard
Allyn Joslyn ...
Leander Woolsey
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Catherine Dennison
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Prichard
Arthur Shields ...
Charles Kemper ...
Herbert Jothan
Mr. Foster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Bannerman ...
(scenes deleted)
Susan Blanchard ...
(scenes deleted)
Nina Gilbert ...
Cynthia's Mother (scenes deleted)
Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Robert Malcolm ...
Cynthia's Father (scenes deleted)


In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms them all, especially the handsome young head of the company. Their romance gets sidetracked when she becomes involved in the Women's Suffrage movement. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Release Date:

4 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sua Alteza, a Secretária  »

Box Office


$2,595,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 27, 1947 with Betty Grable reprising her film role. See more »


Cynthia Pilgrim: I am a typewriter!
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Referenced in Nowhere Boy (2009) See more »


One, Two, Three
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Dick Haymes and ensemble
Danced by Betty Grable and Dick Haymes
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Aren't You Kind of glad the Gershwins did.
5 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim was born when Ira Gershwin might have been doing some spring cleaning and came on some old unpublished music of his late brother George. From that both a score came and a movie for that score, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim who shocked Boston by becoming a professional woman, a Type Writer.

Betty Grable is in the title role and she's graduated from a secretarial school in New York and she gets assigned to Boston to a shipping firm headed by Dick Haymes. Haymes is a proper Bostonian of the time and believes the woman's place is in the home. Eventually he'd like to see Grable in his home, but not in the office. When he tries to reject her, his sister suffragette Anne Revere interferes and Betty starts a career there on this newfangled machine called a typewriter.

As the first one in Boston, a city loath to break any traditions she's a hero to the women's suffrage movement, not something Dick is ready to deal with. Of course it all works out in the end and in a most peculiar manner too.

Of these trunk songs that Ira Gershwin developed for the film, For You For Me Forevermore and Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did became posthumous hits for brother George. Both are duets in the film sung by Grable and Haymes. Dick recorded them for Decca with his usual singing partner Helen Forrest, but Betty as per Darryl Zanuck's ban on his stars recording never put these down on wax. A pity too, they're both presented quite nicely.

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim got very good reviews but did not do well at the box office. Grable's fortune was her legs and we got barely a glimpse of them in this film.

Fortunately we can still enjoy a musical literally born in a trunk.

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