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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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 28, 1949 with Jeanne Crain, William Holden and Edmund Gwenn reprising their film roles. See more »

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Prof. Collins: You were in the Navy, weren't you, Taylor?
[Professor Collins is a college professor who Taylor thinks is too tough on the GIs returning to school after serving in World War II]
Jason Taylor: Yes, sir.
Prof. Collins: What kind of duty?
Jason Taylor: I was on the Vincennes
[a U.S. Navy Cruiser sunk at the Battle of Savo Island]
Jason Taylor: till she went down and then later...
Prof. Collins: [interrupts] Heard that was a little tough. I was on the Wasp.
[an American aircraft carrier sunk by Japanese submarines]
Jason Taylor: [taken aback] I heard that wasn't exactly a picnic, either.
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when Prof. Barnes seeks a will
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Confounding...exasperating...yet wonderfully charming!
31 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Jeanne Crain is a breathlessly talkative expectant mother who lives with her husband, a former soldier, in a trailer; she chances to meet retired professor Edmund Gwenn, who feels his mundane, monotone existence means retreating from this world, but he goes along with her plan to let the couple temporarily move into his attic. The perfect example of what they used to call 'whimsical comedy'; despite a clumsy start, it still seems heartfelt today, perhaps even meaningful. Gwenn conveys the most complex emotions simply by wordless expression, and Crain's exuberance grows on you (she's better though in her quieter moments). With these two front and center, William Holden ends up playing third wheel, but his solid, masculinely amiable presence is a nice counterpoint to kooky Crain and he also has some fine scenes alone with Gwenn. The gentlemen in Gwenn's musical troupe are all wonderful, and the writing and direction, while primed for audience approval, genuinely work wonders with what might've been a stale set-up. This tear-jerker is a true gem. ***1/2 from ****


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