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Apartment for Peggy (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 5 January 1949 (Sweden)
A retired professor rents his attic apartment to pregnant Peggy and her GI-Bill-student husband. The professor ponders if his life is no longer useful while the young couple faces the challenges shared with many WW II veterans' families.

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Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his attic as an apartment for her and her husband Jason, a former GI struggling to finish college. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 31, 1951 with Edmund Gwenn reprising his film role. See more »

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Prof. Henry Barnes: Why not suicide?
Peggy Taylor: Because it wouldn't change anything.
Prof. Henry Barnes: The gentleman would be dead! I consider that a drastic change.
Peggy Taylor: What makes Mr. Hypothetical think he's living now?
Prof. Henry Barnes: I just said he was living!
Peggy Taylor: I mean really living. If he's just doing nothing but sitting around moping, thinking up reasons why he should kill himself, he's not alive, he's dead already. Just as dead as a dodo. Now, if he's dead, suicide's not going to change anything. It's just going to give him more of the same thing he's got. ...
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Hail to Thee, Dear Alma Mater
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Music by H.S. Thompson
Special Lyrics by Charles Henderson
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Should be seen by all teens in high school
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this twice on cable. I really liked the contrasts. I loved the way the young students respected the professors and elders in general, and co-existed with them -- not just barely tolerated them. Also, just simple common sense was so pleasant to see. No "major plot twists" with contrived "stupidity". By stupidity, I mean the typical, "such as turning your back on a bad guy", or when teens are in a house that has a known killer in it, and the kids decide to split-up to find him, and then get picked off one at a time. Needless to say, there is no "bad guy" or "killer" in this movie, but there are a couple of things that happen, and common sense not only wins out, but was also present from the beginning. Also, the hardship of a housing shortage just after World War II versus the desire for a college education. Despite that obstacle and other obstacles, these "young" adults were adult about overcoming their problems, most of the time. Also, I liked that Peggy established a lecture (series?) for the wives of students when she discovered that many wives felt left out of their husbands lives due to lack of formal education. The women weren't dumb, just hadn't been exposed to the same ideas. And a note to teens of today, yes, there was a time that many students were husbands/men and wives were in a secondary position. I found the movie very uplifting, amusing and well acted.


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