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Release Date:
4 January 1947 (USA) See more »
A Merry Escapade! Scandalous! Joyous! See more »
In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Betty Grable ... Cynthia Pilgrim
Dick Haymes ... John Pritchard

Anne Revere ... Alice Pritchard

Allyn Joslyn ... Leander Woolsey

Gene Lockhart ... Saxon
Elizabeth Patterson ... Catherine Dennison
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Prichard
Arthur Shields ... Michael
Charles Kemper ... Herbert Jothan

Roy Roberts ... Mr. Foster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Bannerman ... (scenes deleted)
Susan Blanchard ... (scenes deleted)
Nina Gilbert ... Cynthia's Mother (scenes deleted)

Coleen Gray ... Minor Role (scenes deleted)
Robert Malcolm ... Cynthia's Father (scenes deleted)
Jane Nigh ... Cynthia's Sister (scenes deleted)

Clarence G. Badger ... Herbert Jothan (singing voice) (uncredited)
Myrtle Ball ... (uncredited)
Ernie Baron ... (uncredited)
George Beranger ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Lillian Bronson ... Viola Simmons (uncredited)
Robert Cherry ... Stenographer (uncredited)

Jeff Corey ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Jack Costello ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Catherine Courtney ... (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Peabody (uncredited)
Louis DeWitt ... Sketch Artist (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Teacher (uncredited)
William Frambes ... (uncredited)
Maxine Gates ... (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Redheaded Girl (uncredited)
Douglas Gerrard ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
George Gramlich ... Leander Woolsey (singing voice) (uncredited)
Barry Heenan ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Raymond Largay ... Mr. Packard (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Quincy (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... (uncredited)
Les Livingstone ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Therese Lyon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Saul Martell ... Orator (uncredited)
Junius Matthews ... Mr. Carter (uncredited)
Beatrice Maude ... (uncredited)
Robert McCord ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
George Melford ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alice Mock ... Alice Pritchard (singing voice) (uncredited)
Tom Moore ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Dave Morris ... (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... (uncredited)
Tom Pilkington ... Orator (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Speaker (uncredited)
Stanley Prager ... Office Lookout (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Sarah Glidden (uncredited)
Raisa ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby ... Mrs. Thompson (uncredited)
Kay Riley ... Teacher (uncredited)
Countess Elektra Rozanska ... Singer (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... (uncredited)
Maxine Semon ... (uncredited)
Helen Servis ... (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Secretary (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Vendor (uncredited)
Roxanne Stark ... Boardinghouse Keeper (uncredited)
Mildred Stone ... Susan Nixon (uncredited)
Joseph Terry ... Office Clerk (uncredited)
Bob Tidwell ... Boy (uncredited)
Kay Vallon ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Regina Wallace ... Mother (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Wendell Paige (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Boardinghouse Keeper (uncredited)
Frank Wolf ... (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Office Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
George Seaton 
Edmund Goulding (uncredited)
John M. Stahl (uncredited)
Writing credits
George Seaton (written for the screen by)

Ernest Maas (from a story by) and
Frederica Sagor (from a story by) (as Frederica Maas)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Raksin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Boris Leven 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Al Orenbach .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Special Effects by
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency process (uncredited)
Edward Linden .... transparency process (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... transparency process (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Eugene Kornman .... still photographer (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... associate musical director
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arranger (as Edward Powell)
David Raksin .... musical supervisor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestral arranger (as Herbert Spencer)
Kay Swift .... musical assistant: Ira Gershwin (as Miss Kay Swift)
Charles Althouse .... music mixer (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... associate technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Hermes Pan .... dances stager
Angela Blue .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Gertrude Kingston .... research assistant (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... researcher (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #11574)

Did You Know?

Gene Lockhart replaced Porter Hall in the cast after Hall was injured in a car accident.See more »
Cynthia Pilgrim:I am a typewriter!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nowhere Boy (2009)See more »
Demon RumSee more »


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Cute and enjoyable., 16 November 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

It's funny that this film was a disappointment for Betty Grable and the studio, as I actually think it's better than most of her films. While I am not saying it's a great film, it is enjoyable and fits Grable very nicely. According to IMDb they attributed this to Grable not showing off her famous legs or because she wasn't peroxide blonde in the film. And, if you think about it, the film is supposed to be about equality and anti-sexism--and that's exactly how the studio execs behaved in blaming the film's lack of success on Grable's lessened sex appeal in this cute picture!

When the film begin, it's the 1870s and women simply did not work outside the home. So, when Miss Pilgrim (Grable) completes secretarial school and goes looking for a job in Boston, it's quite shocking and she naturally runs into sexism. So, she makes it a crusade of sorts to gain acceptance....and by doing so she becomes an important spokesperson for the women's suffrage movement! She also finds many friends in one of the strangest boarding houses you'll ever see in a movie!

The film is naturally filled with songs but not as many as in Grable's other films and a few of them are rather funny. Overall, it's a lighthearted and fun film about an important subject. Well worth seeing.

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