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Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 August 1948 (USA)
1936. Julia Packett, a London chorus girl, is always in trouble financially, but she always seems to manage to land on her feet by using her feminine wiles to manipulate the men in her life... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Susan Packett
Fred Ghenoccio
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Packett
Colonel Bruce Willowbrook
Ma Ghenoccio
Benjamin Hawkins
Lord Pennystone
The Vicar
Phyllis Morris ...


1936. Julia Packett, a London chorus girl, is always in trouble financially, but she always seems to manage to land on her feet by using her feminine wiles to manipulate the men in her life with a smile on her and usually their faces. Much to her surprise, Julia receives an invitation to her now grown daughter Susan Packett's wedding to upper crust Roderick Pennystone to be held in the Packett mansion outside of Paris. Julia being a wife and mother is something of which her current social circle had no idea. Julia and her equally upper crust husband William Packett met during the war when he was enlisted and she a bright eyed seventeen year old just starting out in the vaudeville business. They split - separated but never divorced - because of their fundamental class and thus attitudinal differences when Susan was just an infant. Julia knew that it made sense to leave Susan with William because Julia's working life, which includes late nights and often being on the move to where the ... Written by Huggo

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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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Fifth of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. 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 »


Julia Packett: Oh, William, you've improved! Ohhh, yes, you've lost that gangly look.
William Sylvester Packett: Oh, well, I didn't know I ever had it.
Julia Packett: Oh, not any more. Hmm, distinguished. Quite handsome. Very dangerous.
William Sylvester Packett: My, dear Julia, you're being most, eh...
Julia Packett: Well, aren't you going to tell me how I look?
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »


Oh, What a Difference the Navy Made to Me!
Music by Leslie Alleyn
Lyrics by Ralph Stanley
Sung by Greer Garson
[Julia sings the song in a dancehall sketch while performing with the Ghenoccio acrobats]
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Kick Off Your Shoes with Greer!
17 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greer Garson, soaking in her tub and locked in her room, pretends she's about to end it all. All this is a ruse in order to get her good friend Reginald Owen to pay her creditors, who are at her door. Ms. Garson's carefree, gay, and a delicious tease in this fun-filled romp that is sure to please even the crankiest of viewers. This shows Ms. Garson in a new light from her usual fare of melodrama, as she lets her hair down and has all the men around her on a string and using them to her advantage. It happens that she gets an invitation to her daughter's impending wedding. She had left her years ago, with her husband, of whom she never divorced (played by Walter Pidgeon,) because she is an stage actress and travels a lot. When she arrives, we see that most of them are not glad to see her, after all this time. But what happens next is a riot. Cesar Romero is great as part of an acrobatic act and as a suitor vying for Greer, giving the debonair Walter Pidgeon a run for his money. "What muscles am I using now?" If you've never seen this, you're in for a real treat, the cheery side of Miss Greer.

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