That Hagen Girl (1947)

Not Rated  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Thomas J. (Tom) Bates
Mary Hagen
Ken Freneau
Julia Kane
Dorothy Peterson ...
Minta Hagen
Charles Kemper ...
Jim Hagen
Dewey Koons
Christine Delaney
Jean Porter ...
Sharon Bailey
Judge Merrivale
Molly Freneau
Winifred Harris ...
Selma Delaney
Moroni Olsen ...
Trenton Gateley
Frank Conroy ...
Dr. Stone
Kathryn Card ...
Miss Grover


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 <>

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




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Release Date:

1 November 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anypolipta koritsia  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »


Dewey Koons: How 'bout it? C'mon, let's hit the high spots.
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Not particularly good but does hold some latter-day interest.
5 December 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

Why wouldn't the moviegoing public accept Shirley Temple as a grown-up after being a child star? As a 19-year-old in this film she is as beautiful as she was cute as a child; and if she hadn't yet proved herself to be a great actress, her more mature screen persona beats her insufferably cute act as a child any day as far as this viewer is concerned.

Actually this movie's bad reputation is not hard to understand. Amazingly, Ms. Temple plays a high school student widely believed by the residents of her small town to be (gasp) illegitimate! to use an unfortunate term. Although she's as clean-cut and moral a young woman as you'll ever see, the small-minded townspeople think the worst of her in any slightly suspicious situation. Even though the movie is rather light-heated in tone, and never uses words like "illegitimate" or "pregnant," it's obvious the American public could not accept Temple in such a role.

The few dark moments that intrude into this overall lightweight movie don't mesh very well, and the film is really a rather prosaic soap opera, but it does hold some interest for latter-day viewers because of its stars. Ronald Reagan plays the man assumed to be Temple's father. It's become a cliche of Reagan's political opponents to say he's a bad actor, but the truth is he doesn't show much range in this film and it doesn't appear to be the kind of role he's suited for. Still, I find the older Shirley Temple interesting to watch and for this reason I'd recommend it to any of her fans, or movie fans in general.

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