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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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Susan Packett
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Colonel Bruce Willowbrook
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Ma Ghenoccio
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Louise
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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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8 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Die unvollkommene Dame  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook: All I want is my 6950 francs.
Fred Ghenoccio: 6900 francs?
Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook: And 50. There's no reason now why I should pay for a nightgown.
Fred Ghenoccio: 6950 francs? What kind of a nightgown was this?
Col. Bruce 'Bunny' Willowbrook: Very thin.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »

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Oh, What a Difference the Navy Made to Me!
(uncredited)
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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Greer lets her hair down
19 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greer Garson is again teamed up with Walter Pidgeon in the delightful comedy, "Julia Misbehaves," which also stars 16-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and a very adorable Peter Lawford. Taylor and Lawford are a subplot in this film, which mainly concerns Garson as Julia, an entertainer, showing up to attend the wedding of the daughter she hasn't seen since infancy. Because of the breakup of her marriage and her transient lifestyle, she left the child with her husband's family.

This is a fun movie with some great scenes, the best of which is an acrobatic act featuring Julia. It is hilarious. Cesar Romero makes a game attempt at a Cockney accent, and is very good as Nicky, the head of the act who is interested in marrying Julia. Nigel Bruce is a man conned out of 6950 francs by Julia, and Lucile Watson is Julia's disapproving mother-in-law. Pidgeon plays Julia's husband, who hasn't seen her in years, but on encountering her again, realizes what he's been missing.

Wedding plans don't go as expected once Julia is in the house. A very pretty Elizabeth Taylor gets her first screen kiss from Lawford, and they make a charming couple. But this isn't their film, it's Garson's, in a different type of role for her. She is up to the task. Over the years, perhaps due to some of the sentimental movies she made and being raked over the coals by Pauline Kael, Garson's reputation has suffered. However, she is terrific in "Julia Misbehaves," and this entertaining film is well worth seeing.


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