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Director:
Writers:
George Seaton (written for the screen by)
Ernest Maas (from a story by) ...
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Release Date:
4 January 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Merry Escapade! Scandalous! Joyous! See more »
Plot:
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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Aren't You Kind of glad the Gershwins did. See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (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)

Marilyn Monroe ... Telephone Operator (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
Orry-Kelly 
 
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
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency process (uncredited)
Edward Linden .... transparency process (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... transparency process (uncredited)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
85 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #11574)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Edmund Goulding replaced George Seaton when Seaton had a serious health relapse late in production.See more »
Quotes:
Cynthia Pilgrim:I am a typewriter!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nowhere Boy (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
One, Two, ThreeSee more »

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Aren't You Kind of glad the Gershwins did., 5 March 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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