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  (in credits order)

Dorothy Lamour ... Carol Maynard

George Montgomery ... Rev. Tom Walker

Charles Laughton ... The Bishop
Ernest Truex ... Homer Purdy

Hugh Herbert ... Aaron Goss

Constance Collier ... Mrs. Brooke

William Frawley ... Mr. Bernouti

Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Beeler
Frank Orth ... Oscar Newsome

Howard Freeman ... Sam Griffin
Raymond Largay ... Wilbur J. Birth
George Chandler ... Monty

Selmer Jackson ... Dr. Moseby
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Old woman
Maurice Cass ... Mr. Merkle
Eddy Waller ... Jim Allison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Blake ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Committeeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
Writing credits
Howard Estabrook (story)

Howard Estabrook (screenplay)

Produced by
Benedict Bogeaus .... producer
Lewis J. Rachmil .... associate producer
James Stacy .... associate producer
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo 
Film Editing by
James Smith  (as James E. Smith)
Art Direction by
Jerome Pycha Jr.  (as Jerome Pycha)
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
Makeup Department
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist
Doris Harris .... hair stylist (as Doris M. Harris)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold Godsoe .... assistant director
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound technician (as John Carter)
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Curt Fetters .... camera operator (uncredited)
B.P. Jacques .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Tanner .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Greta .... wardrobe: women
Music Department
David Chudnow .... musical director
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator
Other crew
Arthur M. Landau .... production associate
Gene Hersch .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Herzberg .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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81 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Brimming with potential, but a dull script and lifeless leads drag it down, and down, 2 August 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

The Girl from Manhattan (1948)

I feel like an ogre saying this is a goodie-goodie movie, and that is just a bore. It isn't bad deep down, not in any one way, and it moves along reasonably, the acting fine if unexciting, the filming solid if routine. But none of it is exceptional, even the leading role played by the title character, the super model of 1947 (in the movie): Dorothy Lamour. Charles Laughton as the bishop is impeccable but he's purely secondary.

What holds it back most is just the story, about some people who are misfits and yet lovable in their quirks, and who are facing eviction from their old boarding house. The local church, of all things, wants the land where they live and a local real estate bad guy is orchestrating the eviction. All of this has shades of two Frank Capra movies, "It's a Wonderful Life" (with the community pulling together to save a good, selfless man and his house) and the rather zany "You Can't Take It with You" (with a nutty family all living together being nutty and oblivious to the real world). But the writing here is neither impassioned enough, nor funny enough, nor just plain original and warm enough to rise above. It trods along dutifully.

The main character beside Lamour is a man who seems to have the poise and good looks to take command of his leading role but he is just lifeless on screen, and that's George Montgomery. I don't think even Jimmy Stewart (who was in both the Capra movies, by coincidence) could have lifted up this whole affair, but you can picture a much more moving and convincing and entertaining movie with him in Montgomery's place.

Of course, we know whose side we are on. The story of these good people being threatened by greed makes you root for them against the church meanies (shades of "The Bishop's Wife" also appears in this aspect). But I had to keep consciously trying to get involved, which isn't how a movie should work. I wanted to like it. Even the dramatic turning point toward the end is dull as old bread, in the writing and the delivery. The director, Alfred E. Green, is known for quantity over quality, and is really a 1930s director, which might say something about his approach in filming as well as subject matter. Though he helped Bette Davis launch her career in 1935, by 1948 he was at the end of his career in films. It's nothing much, enjoyable if you are open to something sweet and plain.

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