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Release Date:
5 May 1950 (USA) See more »
Hot-tempered Kathleen Maguire enlists the services of a young attorney to help her zookeeper father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

June Allyson ... Kathleen Maguire

Dick Powell ... Andrew Rockton Hale

David Wayne ... Arthur Colner Maxwell

Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Kevin G. Maguire

Ray Collins ... Commodore John Balwind Parker

Robert Keith ... Tim Harveigh

Marvin Kaplan ... Leon

Kathleen Freeman ... Lily Rayton Parker
Wally Maher ... Jerry Nolard Boyle

Alex Gerry ... James I. Michell
Charles Evans ... Mr. Eberle (as Charles Evens)
Paul Maxey ... Thompson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Albertson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Cop (uncredited)

Frank Baker ... Man at Support Rally (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Woman (uncredited)

Sven Hugo Borg ... Finnish-American Speaker (uncredited)
George Boyce ... Zoo Attendant (uncredited)
John Breen ... Man at Support Rally (uncredited)

Spring Byington ... Kathy's Mother (voice) (uncredited)
Bridget Carr ... Woman (uncredited)
Donald Chaffin ... Man at Support Rally (uncredited)

Spencer Chan ... The Maguire Cook (uncredited)

Michael Chapin ... Orphan (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Mae Clarke ... Counter Lady with Change for a Quarter (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man in Crowd at Speech (uncredited)
Frances Dominguez ... Guest at Mexican-American Rally (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Lady (uncredited)
Robert Espinoza ... Orphan (uncredited)

Nacho Galindo ... Mexican-American Speaker (uncredited)
Kenneth Garcia ... Guest at Mexican-American Rally (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Mover (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Fight Onlooker (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Man at Support Rally (uncredited)
Gil Herman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marjorie Jackson ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Tor Johnson ... Guest at Finnish-American Rally (uncredited)
Marvin Jones ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Bureau of Records Clerk (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Police Radio Broadcaster (uncredited)

Matt Moore ... Parkers' Butler (uncredited)

Jerry Paris ... Radio Station Call Boy (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Parkers' Gateman (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Man on Dais (uncredited)
Paul Regas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Danny Richards Jr. ... Orphan (uncredited)

Mario Siletti ... Guest at Italian-American Rally (uncredited)
Stuffy Singer ... Orphan (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Man at Support Rally (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Man at Support Rally (uncredited)

Frank Sully ... Joe - Cop with Blackeye (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Support Rally (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... KWHE Radio Program Director (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Zoo Attendant (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Woman at Support Rally (uncredited)
Kenny Washington ... The Commodore's Safari Guide (uncredited)
Gilbert Wilson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Zoo Attendant on Bicycle (uncredited)

Directed by
Melvin Frank 
Norman Panama 
Writing credits
Robert Carson (story)

Melvin Frank 
Norman Panama 

Produced by
Melvin Frank .... producer
Norman Panama .... producer
Original Music by
David Raksin 
Cinematography by
Ray June 
Film Editing by
George White 
Art Direction by
William Ferrari 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
Nolan Hurst .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Joe Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Irving G. Ries .... special effects (as Irving Ries)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Bronner .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dale Deverman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Parkins .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Mervin Price .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
David Raksin .... conductor (uncredited)
Ruby Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Ballbusch .... montage sequence
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Mel Koontz .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #14286)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 25, 1951 with Dick Powell and June Allyson reprising their film roles.See more »
Tim Harveigh:Don't worry, Red, we'll get you out of it. All we have to do is dig up some legal talent.
Kathleen 'Kathy' Maguire:Say, haven't you got a nephew who's a lawyer?
Tim Harveigh:Yeah, but we want to get you out of it.
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Delightful addition to an afternoon, 13 February 2016
Author: Randy Cliff from Canada

Anything with June Allyson draws my attention. A number of my favourite movies include her in the marquee, especially The Glenn Miller Story. While profitable for MGM, 'The Reformer and the Redhead' seems to have all but disappeared for today's viewers. With her husband Dick Powell, I found their interactions much more enjoyable than I expected.

Local political conflicts see Kathleen's (Allyson) father dismissed from his position of 20 years at the zoo. With a lifetime of unmanaged anger has her needing a lawyer after assaulting the trophy-hunting daughter of the town's leading citizen, Commodore Parker.

Of course the lawyer, Hale (Powell), is already being engaged with Commodore for the probable future as Mayor, and best choice for her defence is suggested to be lawyer Hale. Hale's distrust of the Commodore requires information to resolve, and so we find Kathleen's family to become a source of that info.

We are drawn into a somewhat predictable story with fun and clever shooting of cast and animals back at the ranch. For me, a lion peeking over a sofa made me laugh. In this case, a predictable story is part of what made it fun and enjoyable. Allyson and Powell are a great match, in what I believe is the only movie they did together while married (they were both in 'Meet the People (1944)' before their marriage).

Don't pass up the chance to enjoy this movie if you can find it.

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