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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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Comedy | Romance

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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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In September 1947, Universal International announced that Karl Tunberg would produce this film and William A. Seiter would direct. Ultimately, this pair wound up guiding Deanna Durbin not through this movie but another already scheduled: Up in Central Park (1948), which would begin shooting in October 1947. 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 »

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Moonlight Bay
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Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Edward Madden
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Deanna's last film is highly forgettable...
4 March 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It must be reasons like FOR THE LOVE OF MARY that had Deanna packing her duds and leaving Hollywood for good. Seems that Universal was unable to offer her the kind of scripts she wanted which would offer her more substantial roles than this attempt at light-hearted screwball comedy that never once flies into orbit.

The trouble, aside from some pedestrian direction by Frederick de Cordova and some unimpressive sets and costumes, is that the script is a muddled mess with a plot outline that almost defies description, it's so complicated. Naturally, within the bounds of screwball comedy, all the complications are supposed to make the story hilariously funny--but fail to do so, mainly because it's banal material lacking any real wit or wisdom.

Deanna is a Washington miss who has connections well above those of the average switchboard operator, including Supreme Court judges and even the President who happens to listen in on one of her conversations and decides to meddle in her affairs in choosing the right man for a woman being chased by three men.

DEANNA DURBIN sings some four or five songs nicely in her own lovely soprano voice but it's enough to try anyone's patience if they're waiting to hear her sing when the story is so pedestrian. JEFFREY LYNN as a lawyer suitor, EDMOND O'BRIEN as the eventual swain, and DON TAYLOR as one of the unlucky ones, are simply foils for Durbin with no depth to their roles. RAY COLLINS and HARRY DAVENPORT do what they can in lively supporting roles, but nothing really helps.

Too bad for Durbin fans. She was still fetching to look at and used her voice beautifully but the material is fluff, nothing more, and certainly unworthy of her talents. No wonder she had enough.


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