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Here Comes the Groom (1951)

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peter 'Pete' Garvey
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Emmadel Jones
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Winifred Stanley
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Wilbur Stanley
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William 'Pa' Jones
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George Degnan
Jacques Gencel ...
Bobby (as Jacky Gencel)
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Uncle Elihu
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Suzi
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Uncle Prentiss
Connie Gilchrist ...
Ma Jones
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Uncle Adam
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Mr. McGonigle
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Mrs. McGonigle
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Walter Godfrey
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Pete Garvey, foreign correspondent, has been running an impromptu adoption agency for war orphans in Paris, when an ultimatum from his erstwhile fiancée Emmadel Jones draws him back to Boston, complete with two adopted orphans to melt her heart. Too late! She's now engaged to rich, handsome Wilbur Stanley. And if Pete's not married within five days, he loses the kids. He'll have to work fast... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You Belong to Me  »

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$2,117,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" was the fourth song performed by Bing Crosby in a film that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Song. See more »

Goofs

When Winifred seeks shelter in Garvey's home, George is on the phone. In a close-up, the phone is to his ear, but in the next medium shot, the phone is hung up, and he picks up the receiver again. See more »

Quotes

Husband on Airplane: [Complaining about fellow passenger Bing Crosby's singing on plane] Oh... There they go again ! Don't these actors ever stop making noises?
Wife on Airplane: They're USO people. They sing for soldiers.
Husband on Airplane: Soldiers can shoot back. They've got guns.
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Connections

Referenced in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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From the opera RIGOLETTO (1851)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung by Anna Maria Alberghetti to a piano accompaniment
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It's a wonderful Bing Crosby (helped by Frank Capra)
24 May 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Here Comes the Groom" was a surprise when it was shown by TCM recently. This film brings together two talented men, Frank Capra and Bing Crosby. This light comedy, with some music, is seldom seen these days, and it's a shame. Although not one of the best films of the director, the film is entertaining and fun to watch.

The great achievement of Mr. Capra was the way he brought together a fabulous cast that work well together. Bing Crosby shows why he was one of the best performers of his time. He is always charming and generous to his fellow players. The other surprise in the film is Jane Wyman. Playing a light role she is delightfully playful as the woman who has found a rich man who wants to make her his wife, but she is still in love with the absent Pete Garvey, who just happens to reappear with two cute war orphans that immediately "adopt" her as their mother.

The other principals, Franchot Tone and Alexis Smith, are in terrific form. Ms. Smith, especially, is a delight to watch. It's a shame Hollywood didn't give her better vehicles in which to shine. Mr. Tone is suave as Wilbur Stanley, the millionaire who finds out in the worst way, his bride-to-be is in love with another man.

Another coup of Mr. Capra is the way he brings a lot of those excellent character actors that had worked with him in other films. Such is the case with Charles Lane, H.B. Warner, Charlest Halton, among others. There is a nice sequence that takes place in the plane that is bringing Pete back to America in which he sings a number with Phil Harris, Frank Fontaine, and Dorothy Lamour. Also in the early part of the film we saw a young and beautiful Anna Maria Alberghetti singing.

"Here Comes the Groom" shows why Frank Capra was one of the best directors, and it also helped that he had Bing Crosby on board.


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