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Director:
Writers:
Nat Perrin (screenplay)
Roland Kibbee (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
18 November 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Rosalind returns to comedy...with a BANG!
Plot:
Marsha Meredith, an attorney-at-law, is nominated for a Federal judgeship, but her nomination is opposed... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Cummings proves that comedy was his real forte... See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rosalind Russell ... Marsha Meredith

Robert Cummings ... Peter B. 'Pete' Webb

Gig Young ... Alexander Darvac
Marie McDonald ... Ginger Simmons

Harry Davenport ... Judge MacKenzie Meredith
Fay Baker ... Valerie Hobson
Katherine Warren ... Kitty Lawton (as Katharine Warren)

Douglass Dumbrille ... George Ellerby
Clem Bevans ... Alonzo K. Roogle
Grandon Rhodes ... Ken Craig
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Spinster (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Dumpy Woman (uncredited)
John P. Barrett ... Croupier (uncredited)
Louise Beavers ... Cleo, Marsha's Maid (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Winston - Kitty's Butler (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Senate Committee Observer (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Michael Cisney ... Reporter (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Chairman at Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Irmgard Dawson ... Cigarette Girl In Restaurant (uncredited)
Edward Emerson ... Transportation Clerk (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Senate Committee Observer (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman in Gambling House Raid (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Francois, Headwaiter (uncredited)
Thurston Hall ... Sen. Caswell (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest at Kitty's (uncredited)
Maggie Hathaway ... Maid (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Senate Committee Observer (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Senate Committee Observer (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Texan (uncredited)
Nita Mathews ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Hotel Bar Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Newell ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jay Novello ... Gancellos (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Bartender (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Outgoing Reporter (uncredited)
Hank Patterson ... Sleigh Driver (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Elevator Extra / Gambling House Extra (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Senate Committee Observer (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Dumpy Woman in Elevator (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Reporter (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Nick Volpe ... Passenger (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Joe, Pete's Associate (uncredited)
Ben Welden ... Augie (uncredited)

Dooley Wilson ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Kitty's Chauffeur / Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Foster 
 
Writing credits
Nat Perrin (screenplay)

Roland Kibbee (additional dialogue)

Devery Freeman (story)

Allan Scott  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup supervisor (as Fred Phillips)
 
Production Management
Jack Fier .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hager .... gaffer (uncredited)
Irving Klein .... camera operator (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pat Sutherland .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Harold Byrns .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dorothy Cumming .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13755) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 2, 1950 with Rosalind Russell and Robert Cummings reprising their film roles.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Cummings proves that comedy was his real forte..., 9 January 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The usual misunderstandings and bickering between husband and wife keep things adrift in TELL IT TO THE JUDGE, a comedy that actually sparkles once in awhile but is sometimes too trite to be more than a passable screwball comedy.

The most charming sequence involves Russell and Cummings finding themselves on the doorstep of a lighthouse run by CLEM BEAVER and having to stay the night, sleeping apart, with Cummings forced to spend much of the night shooing away the huge dog that takes a liking to him. But most of the time, the comedy gets bogged down in a series of misunderstandings that could easily have been cleared up if somebody told the truth once in awhile.

ROSALIND RUSSELL, as the judge trying to protect her reputation, does her usual fine job with a comic flair that has her handling fast dialog with her usual dexterity. But in this case, it's ROBERT CUMMINGS who gets some of the best moments, proving how adept he was as the bumbling kind of man who gets caught up in screwy situations.

The breezy script has them fighting throughout before the misunderstandings can be cleared up. MARIE McDONALD and GIG YOUNG are thoroughly wasted in supporting roles, but it doesn't matter because most of the comedy is carried by ROBERT CUMMINGS in one of his best light comedy roles. GIG YOUNG does manage to be amusing in a couple of well played sequences but fortunately had better roles in romantic comedies later on in his career.

Passes the time pleasantly enough with some nice chemistry between Russell and Cummings.

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