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That Hagen Girl (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  1 November 1947 (USA)
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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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Anypolipta koritsia  »

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In his autobiography "Where's the Rest of Me?", Ronald Reagan wrote that he attempted to persuade director Peter Godfrey to have the ending rewritten, arguing that audiences wouldn't approve of a romantic pairing between Reagan and the 17-years-younger Shirley Temple. According to Reagan, Godfrey pointed out that his own wife, Renee Godfrey, was 20 years younger than himself, and Reagan decided it would be unwise to press the matter. See more »

Quotes

Mary Hagen: Mother... who am I?
Minta Hagen: What did you say?
Mary Hagen: I said, who am I? Please tell me the truth.
Minta Hagen: Who are you? Why-why, you're Mary. Our girl. Didn't I have you baptized by the Reverend Sparland? Didn't I raise you like other girls' mothers?
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Ice Cold Katy
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played at the Spring Hop
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Very Likable movie - good acting
5 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked this movie. It's not one of the greats, but a great example of the many ordinary feature films of the 1940's.

If you think of Shirley Temple as just a child actor, or Ronald Reagan as a third rate actor who's popularity quickly waned, this film will disabuse you of these ideas.

The story is about a girl (Shirley Temple) growing up in a small town who is victimized by rumors of her being the illegitimate child of Ronald Reagan. This character study has strong characters and a thin story line, but the fine acting holds the movie together. The plot line, while not compelling in and of itself, still allows for a story that is interesting and keeps you wondering just what will happen and how things will turn out in the end. The supporting cast also does a fine job. The antagonists of the film are not so vile that you hate them, they are just unlikable, arrogant and pretentious.

The film is a good rendition of "the way things were" in an age when tongues wagged over sexual scandals, and where you came from predisposed people to think of other people in very stereotypical ways. Mary Hagen having been born out of wedlock (or so it is rumored), is presumed to be a "bad girl" whose every act is viewed with suspicion and seen in the worst possible light. The class structure of small American towns in the 1940's is accurately depicted. All in all, this is a good film, well worth watching. I recommend it highly. Not all movies can be great, but this film is well worth watching as a quality movie, an example of what Hollywood can do when it merely doing a good job. See it.


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