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Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 August 1948 (USA)
English dancehall actress Julia Packett hasn't seen her daughter since Susan was a few months old, having given her up to be raised by her respectable and wealthy father William (whom Julia... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Packett
Fred Ghenoccio
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Packett
Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook
Ma Ghenoccio
Benny Hawkins
Henry Stephenson ...
Lord Pennystone
Aubrey Mather ...
The Vicar
Hobson, the Butler
Fritz Feld ...
Phyllis Morris ...


English dancehall actress Julia Packett hasn't seen her daughter since Susan was a few months old, having given her up to be raised by her respectable and wealthy father William (whom Julia never divorced.) When she gets an invitation to her daughter's wedding, she "borrows" some money from a male friend and heads off to the south of France for the nuptuals. While there she manages to establish a mother-daughter relationship, get another man to provide her with a lot of money, provoke her mother-in-law's ire, string along a potential husband and his mother, and rekindle the spark in William, all within a day or two. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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It's daring! It's delicious! It's the gayest comedy - romance of the year!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

8 August 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die unvollkommene Dame  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Greer Garson met future husband E.E. Fogelson, an acquaintance of Peter Lawford's, on the set of this movie. See more »


After exiting the right hand drive phaeton/touring car at the honeymoon cabin, the two couples congregate at the right drivers side; the car is facing screen right. The next scene has the caretaker approaching from the right and the two couples are now standing in the exact same positions but on the left passenger side of the car; the car is now facing screen left. See more »


Fred Ghenoccio: What were you doin' in a lingerie shop?
Julia Packett: I was buying a negligee.
Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook: And a nightgown.
Fred Ghenoccio: What did you need a nightgown for?
Julia Packett: I didn't need a nightgown! I never wear nightgowns!
Julia Packett: I wear pajamas.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »


Wedding March
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played briefly by Greer Garson at the piano
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Garson and Pidgeon sparkle in high comedy change of pace
30 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greer Garson had a charmed film career. She was discovered on the English stage by Louis B. Mayer when she was 33. Her MGM career stalled until she was cast opposite Robert Donat in the classic "Goodbye Mr. Chips"(1939) which made her an immediate major star and a worthy successor to fading MGM superstars Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Garbo. Her lovely, charismatic performance in this film brought her the first of seven Best Actress Oscar nominations. Truth be told her role was too small for such a nomination and Shearer's and Crawford's superb work in "The Women"(1939) should have gotten the nominations. Garson's next film was the disastrous "Remember"(1939) a glossy flat so-called comedy that had her much too prim and proper. But after Shearer unwisely passed on "Pride and Prejudice"(1940) Garson was cast in the central role and received raves from everyone. In retrospect she seems too old for this and the more youthful-looking classy Shearer would have been much better but this film made Garson an enormous star which she remained until a string of entertaining disasters in the early 50's. Of course Garson would win her Oscar for the excellent blockbuster "Mrs.Miniver (1942) -another dumb Shearer turn-down- and Garson would now be typecast in generally too noble and ladylike roles. Nonetheless Garson gave a sparkling performance opposite Crawford in the forgotten "When Ladies Meet"(1941) and gave marvelous natural performances in the hugely popular yet maligned "Adventure"(1946) and superb in the disastrous "Desire Me"(1947). The comedy "Julia Misbehaves" came right after and proved a tremendous hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Though superficially "the lady" once again this role allows Greer to be the comedienne and she succeeds splendidly. The sparkling script and direction, the MGM gloss, her great chemistry with Pidgeon, and the beautiful young co-stars Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford add to the non-stop fun. She plays a wayward showgirl who wants to be part of her daughter's wedding even though she has not been around for years. It's the kind of light hearted romp that Hollywood tries to do now in days with Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon and surprisingly Diane Keaton. Of course these recent films rarely work as well as the delightful "Julia Misbehaves." After this Garson returned to the lady roles and had her last big hit with the stodgy technicolored "That Forsythe Woman"(1949). Most of the films that followed were failures except for her outstanding work in "Julius Caesar"(MGM,1953) and Oscar-nominated as Eleanor Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello"(Warner Brothers, 1960).

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