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That Hagen Girl (1947)

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Mary Hagen lives in a small town in Ohio and goes to Jordon Junior College. For years, there has been whispers, rumors and gossip about who are her real parents. When Tom Bates returns to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thomas J. (Tom) Bates
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Mary Hagen
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Ken Freneau
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Julia Kane
Dorothy Peterson ...
Minta Hagen
Charles Kemper ...
Jim Hagen
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Dewey Koons
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Christine Delaney
Jean Porter ...
Sharon Bailey
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Judge Merrivale
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Molly Freneau
Winifred Harris ...
Selma Delaney
Moroni Olsen ...
Trenton Gateley
Frank Conroy ...
Dr. Stone
Kathryn Card ...
Miss Grover
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Mary Hagen lives in a small town in Ohio and goes to Jordon Junior College. For years, there has been whispers, rumors and gossip about who are her real parents. When Tom Bates returns to town, he takes over the house and practice that Judge Merrivale left him when he died. As Tom has been away a number of years, this leads to more gossip and Mary believes that he is her father. The popular and rich Ken loves Mary, but his family and friends constantly remind him that she is 'not one of us'. Julia, a teacher at school encourages Mary but Mary cannot get a break in anything she does, or is accused of doing. Tom knows the answer to her true identity, and he is silent. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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They gossiped about her in whispers! . . . The victim of idle tongues and meddling people!

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1 November 1947 (USA)  »

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Shirley Temple was pregnant with daughter Linda during production of this film. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Miller: Precious child. She's very sweet, but where in the world did she get that color hair and eyes?
Minta Hagen: She was born with them.
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Corn Pickin'
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Mary and Dewey are dancing
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Watchable, if formulaic
30 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

"That Hagen Girl" is a fairly formulaic condemnation of small-town values. Mary Hagen is a young woman whose questionable parentage has caused her to be the subject of gossip and discrimination by the town elite. Her teacher, Miss Lane, tries to encourage her personal growth, the rest of the town conspires to keep her in her place as a second-class citizen, and her presumed real father returns to town to complicate things.

I watched this mainly to see Shirley Temple as an adult rather than a tyke and Lois Maxwell play something other than Miss Moneypenny. Temple is surprisingly pretty and her acting is at least as good as everyone else's in the picture. I found the romantic turnarounds a bit confusing, though -- young Ken turns into a spineless mama's boy, Miss Lane and Tom Bates decide they are just "good friends", and Bates (who for most of the movie is suspected to be Mary's father) is now in love with her! That was a little creepy and not terribly convincing. It's not a movie I would recommend exactly, but it was certainly watchable and of archival interest, if nothing else.


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