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For the Love of Mary (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 September 1948 (USA)
Young girl gets a job at the White House as a switchboard operator and gets mixed up in politics.

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Lt. Tom Farrington
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David Paxton
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Phillip Manning
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Harvey Elwood
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Gustav Heindel
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Justice Peabody
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Miss Harkness
James Todd ...
Justice Van Sloan
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Adm. Walton
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Samuel Litchfield
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Igor
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Bertha
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Justice Williams
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Mary Peppertree, a switchboard operator in the White House, is being courted by three men; Philip Manning, an attorney; Navy Lieutenant Tom Farrington, naval-aide to the President; and David Paxton, whose father owns an island in the Pacific. When the U.S. Navy negotiates for the purchase of the island for a base, David agrees to sell on two conditions - that Philip be made a judge in a court at least 1500 miles from Washigton, and that Lieutenant Farrington be given sea duty. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 September 1948 (USA)  »

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Forever Yours  »

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1.37 : 1
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The original story, called "White House Girl," was purchased by Universal from MGM. See more »

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The same cars pass by twice as David talks to Mary at the gate of the White House. See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
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A delightful, charming, effervescent romantic comedy!
15 May 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

What a way to go! "For The Love of Mary" was Deanna Durbin's swansong. She proves what a charming, sparkling entertainer she was in her role as Mary Peppertree, a White House operator. This film (in it's acting, casting of veteran character actors, such as Harry Davenport and Louise Beavers, and it's lyrical though swift pacing) really marks the end of romantic comedy as practiced by the practitioners of screwball comedy. Romantic comedies would never again be this light, unpretentious, and wholesome, in my opinion.

Deanna Durbin shines as a comedic actress in this film as she never did as an adult performer because she never had a comedy script as bright and as fresh as this one. The chemistry between her and Edmond O'Brien is strong and sexy. This is one of the few romantic comedies to believably transport one to an idyllic world in which everyone can be lighthearted and in love with life if one were only in the right place and with the right kind of people.

"For The Love of Mary" deserves far more widespread viewing and critical praise than it currently has. It is great that it is now on video for all to appreciate.


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