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Louisa (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 May 1950 (USA)
To her family's discomfiture, grandmother Louisa starts dating two men...a grocer and her son's boss.

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Harold 'Hal' Norton
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Abel Burnside
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Meg Norton
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Henry Hammond
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Louisa Norton
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Chris Norton
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Housekeeper Gladys
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Dick Stewart
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Lil Stewart (as Marjorie Crosland)
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Bob Stewart
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Stacy Walker - Square Dance Caller
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Joe Collins - Cab Driver
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The Norton family is in a turmoil due to faultfinding grandma Louisa. Strongly urged to find outside interests, Louisa starts dating grocer Hammond; their necking among the teenagers shocks the latter (!), and Louisa's architect son Hal isn't too thrilled either. So what's to do when Hal's boss Mr. Burnside becomes a rival for Louisa's favors? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In her 2011 autobiography, Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir, Piper Laurie revealed that she lost her virginity to Ronald Reagan during the time they were filming this movie together. Reagan was in his 40s, while Laurie was still in her teens; in the movie, Reagan plays her father. See more »

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Charming comedy, wry wit, with superb actors
27 November 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's a pity this one isn't available on video or otherwise, I'd acquire it at the drop of a hat!

Thoroughly delightful comedy about romantic seniors (Ch. Coburn and Edmund Gwenn) competing for the love of a sweet granny, Louisa (Spring Byington) who still has much to offer in charm, grace and joy of living.

There's heated rivalry between the two older men, and there's frustrated annoyance from the younger teen set (Piper Laurie and her beau, Scotty Beckett), and the middle-aged family members (Ronald Reagan and patient wife Meg, played by Ruth Hussey). Inevitably there are clashes, tempers flare and varied misunderstandings arise, but all comes right in the end, of course. This is a scintillating comedy with never a dull moment.

I love that delightful scene of Ch. Coburn as Abel Burnside, wading into the pond, trousers soaked, and gallantly picking flowers to offer his lady love, "Louisa", which is also the title of this movie.

Top grades for this one.


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