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Director:
Writers:
George Seaton (written for the screen by)
Faith Baldwin (novel)
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Release Date:
5 January 1949 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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(3 articles)
User Reviews:
Gold in the Unlikeliest Places See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jeanne Crain ... Peggy Taylor

William Holden ... Jason Taylor

Edmund Gwenn ... Prof. Henry Barnes

Gene Lockhart ... Prof. Edward Bell
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Philip Conway

Randy Stuart ... Dorothy

Betty Lynn ... Wife (as Betty Ann Lynn)
Marion Marshall ... Ruth
Pati Behrs ... Jeanne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Mailman (uncredited)
Ronald Burns ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Salesman (uncredited)
Helen Ford ... Della (uncredited)
Paul Frison ... Boy (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Prof. Collins (uncredited)
Henri Letondal ... Prof. Roland Pavin (uncredited)
Therese Lyon ... Nurse (uncredited)

Gene Nelson ... Jerry (uncredited)
Robert Patten ... Student (uncredited)
Crystal Reeves ... Librarian (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Salesman (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Landon (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Nurse (uncredited)
Houseley Stevenson ... Prof. T.J. Beck (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Carson (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Salesman (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Seaton 
 
Writing credits
George Seaton (written for the screen by)

Faith Baldwin (novellette "An Apartment for Jenny")

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Irvine 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Kay Nelson 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Ernie Parks .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Reed .... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Riddle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Booth McCracken .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant director (uncredited)
F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Hunsaker .... grip (uncredited)
Roy Ivey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Emmett Schoenbaum .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestral arranger (as Maurice dePackh)
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestral arranger (as Herbert Spencer)
Earle Hagen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Louanne Hogan .... singing voice: Jeanne Crain (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arranger (uncredited)
John N. Scott .... orchestral arranger (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestral arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Clemens Finley .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
W.T. Jones .... philosophy advisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 2, 1949 with Jeanne Crain reprising her film role.See more »
Quotes:
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 Two]
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 a little later...
Prof. Collins:[interrupts] That's a little tough. I was on the Wasp.
[an American aircraft carrier sunk by Japanese submarines]
Jason Taylor:[taken aback] I-I heard that wasn't exactly a picnic, either.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Clarinet Quintet in A Major: Third MovementSee more »

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Gold in the Unlikeliest Places, 30 July 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Behind the misleadingly sappy title lies one of the decade's most positive and humorously enriching films. On the surface, the story is about the post-war housing shortage and the difficulties returning vets had in trying to start a family in old trailers, quonset huts, or whatever lodging could be slapped together. Peggy (Jeanne Crain) is a charmingly spunky newly-wed whose husband (William Holden) is in college on the GI Bill. There she meets stodgy old professor (Edmund Gwenn) and tries to talk her way into making his attic a new home for the couple and their expected baby. The trouble is Gwenn has turned his big old house into a mausoleum in tribute to his dead wife. Now he lives alone, in despair. Having completed his life's work he sees no further point in living and thus looks forward to suicide. In the process, however, he fails to factor in the life-affirming powers of youthful zest, old-age wisdom, and the wonderfully spirited Peggy.

What a fine piece of obscure film-making, from scripter-director George Seaton and the cast of three principals, though Crain is a bit much at times. The film must have cost about 50 bucks to make since nearly all the scenes are indoors, but seldom has movie-making money been better spent. Beneath the post-war plot, there's a parable about generational sharing in which each age group brings uniquely enriching benefits to those around them. Thus, Peggy brings hope, joy, and a real home to the others, while husband Holden, though sometimes wayward, brings dedication, hard work, and finally a sense of real values. And as the ivory-tower professor, Gwenn contributes from the wisdom of the ages, but also finds that true philosophical thinking lies not on the dead pages of old books, but can also be found in the unlikeliest of places-- in a launderette full of seemingly empty-headed young wives. That superbly humane scene alone is worth the 90 minutes of watching.

A movie like this could have gone off-track in so many places. The material alone might easily have slid into the sort of tear-jerking treatment that would send me running for the off-button. But never do the on-screen results descend to a sappy level. Instead Seaton and Co. maintain a consistently light and intelligent touch throughout, even during the darker passages. In fact, they accomplish one of the most difficult of all challenges inside an industry where cynicism is the norm and sneering is the response to any hint of idealism. To its great credit, the film actually makes us feel that beneath our differences, something like a harmonious human community may exist after all, as the wonderfully metaphorical last scene suggests. I expect a little project like this with its unfortunate title passed quickly into movie oblivion. However, now more than ever, Apartment for Peggy needs rediscovery. For its well-delivered message is truly trans-generational.

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