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Here Comes the Groom -- A singing journalist has to find a wife quickly so that he can bring two war orphans into the States.  His ex-fiancee is about to marry a rich man but can't resist the charms of the journalist and the orphans.


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Release Date:
20 September 1951 (USA) See more »
Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Not "Capra," but quite enjoyable See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Peter 'Pete' Garvey

Jane Wyman ... Emmadel Jones

Alexis Smith ... Winifred Stanley

Franchot Tone ... Wilbur Stanley

James Barton ... William 'Pa' Jones

Robert Keith ... George Degnan
Jacques Gencel ... Bobby (as Jacky Gencel)

H.B. Warner ... Uncle Elihu

Beverly Washburn ... Suzi
Nicholas Joy ... Uncle Prentiss
Connie Gilchrist ... Ma Jones

Ian Wolfe ... Uncle Adam

Walter Catlett ... Mr. McGonigle

Ellen Corby ... Mrs. McGonigle

Alan Reed ... Walter Godfrey
James Burke ... O'Neill, Policeman
Minna Gombell ... Mrs. Godfrey
Irving Bacon ... Baines, Butler

Howard Freeman ... Governor
Ted Thorpe ... Paul Pipitt
Maidel Turner ... Aunt Abby
Art Baker ... Radio Announcer

Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Theresa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Appel ... Marcel Lily (uncredited)
Patty Lou Arden ... Bobby Soxer (uncredited)

Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong (uncredited)
Sam Bagley ... Guest at Rehersal (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Patti Bell ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Guest (uncredited)
Mimi Berry ... Bridesmaid / Guest (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Magazine Photographer (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
John F. Bray ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... First Chauffeur (uncredited)
Ivan Browning ... Dino, the 2nd Chauffeur (uncredited)
Joe Byran ... Reporter (uncredited)
Rosalee Calvert ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Charles D. Campbell ... Usher (uncredited)
Jean Carnera ... Orphan (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Alain Cavania ... Orphan (uncredited)
Evelyn Ceder ... Guest (uncredited)
André Charlot ... French Doctor (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Les Clark ... Usher / Steward (uncredited)
Lorraine Clark ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Nancy Clark ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Florence Clayton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Connie Conrad ... Seamstress (uncredited)
James Cornell ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Betty Corner ... Seamstress (uncredited)
Fred Cuellar ... Orphan (uncredited)
Isabel Cushin ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Cass Daley ... Cass Daley (uncredited)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Aunt Amy (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Priest (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Passenger on Airplane (uncredited)
June Earle ... Guest (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Mayor, Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Passenger on Airplane (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Passenger on Airplane (uncredited)
Fred Fichter ... Orphan (uncredited)
Gwenn Fields ... Neighbor (uncredited)
James Finlayson ... Drunken Sailor / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Emmadel's Friend at Bridal Shower (uncredited)
Frank Fontaine ... Crazy Gugenheim (uncredited)
George Ford ... Usher (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Diane Garrett ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Mae Louise Gentry ... Orphan (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Usher (uncredited)
June Glory ... Guest (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Usher (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... Maid (uncredited)
Andre Guy ... Orphan (uncredited)
Claude Guy ... Orphan (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Passenger on Airplane (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Cusick (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... Guest (uncredited)

Phil Harris ... Phil Harris (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Jimmy Hawkins ... McGonigle Boy (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ... McGonigle Boy (uncredited)
June Hedin ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Dolly Jarvis ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Lola Kendrick ... Guest (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Karen Kester ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jocelyn Lachanne ... Orphan (uncredited)

Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Lamour (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... FBI Agent Ralph Burchard (uncredited)
Michele Lange ... French Matron (uncredited)
Charles LaVere ... Wedding Rehearsal Pianist (uncredited)
Vernon Lenhardt ... Orphan (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Husband on Airplane (uncredited)
Warren Mace ... Usher (uncredited)
Maurice Martinoli ... Orphan (uncredited)
Anthony Mazzola ... Orphan (uncredited)

Patty McCormack ... Orphan (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Newsreel Director (uncredited)
Stanley McKay ... Bit Role (uncredited)
William Meader ... Reporter (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... French Mailman (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Drunken Sailor on Stairs / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Four Hits and a Miss ... Group (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Customs Immigration Official (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ... Bridegroom / Pilot (uncredited)
Odette Myrtil ... Gray Lady (uncredited)
Carol Nugent ... McGonigle Girl (uncredited)
Judy Nugent ... McGonigle Girl (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Stanley Orr ... 2nd Butler (uncredited)
Suzanne Orrick ... Orphan (uncredited)
Christian Pasques ... Orphan (uncredited)
Christel Pelka ... Orphan (uncredited)
Angos Perez ... Orphan (uncredited)
Giovanna Piazza ... Orphan (uncredited)
Nita Pike ... Magazine Photographer (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Photographer (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Florist (uncredited)
Robert Rich ... Usher (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... Steward.Photographer (uncredited)

Kasey Rogers ... Maid (uncredited)
Peter Roman ... Orphan (uncredited)
Connie Russo ... Orphan (uncredited)
Frances Sandford ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Usher (uncredited)
Warren Schannon ... McGonigle Boy (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Betty Seland ... Guest (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Wife on Airplane (uncredited)

Lynn Starr ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Dress Designer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Express Photographer (uncredited)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Messenger (uncredited)
Frank Tarallo ... Orphan (uncredited)
Lucia Tarallo ... Orphan (uncredited)
Marie Thomas ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Kathryn Towne ... Guest (uncredited)
Peter Troiekouroff ... Orphan (uncredited)
Audrey Washburn ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Esther - Secretary (uncredited)
Douglas Wright ... Official (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin  story and treatment "You Belong to Me" and
Liam O'Brien  story

Virginia Van Upp  and
Liam O'Brien  and
Myles Connolly 

Barney Dean  uncredited
Charles Hoffman  uncredited
Arthur Sheekman  uncredited

Produced by
Irving Asher .... associate producer
Frank Capra .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Geraldine Cole .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harry D. Mills .... sound recordist (as Harry Mills)
Special Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special effects
Paul K. Lerpae .... special effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Wanda Crellin .... stunts (uncredited)
Clara Mortensen .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... musical director
Van Cleave .... special orchestral arranger
Other crew
Charles O'Curran .... dance director
James Vincent .... dialogue director
Wanda Crellin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Clara Mortensen .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Paramount Pictures production number 11469.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Baines:Shall I break your egg, Sir?
Pa Jones:No thank you. I have me own teeth!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Paramount Presents (1974) (TV)See more »


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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Not "Capra," but quite enjoyable, 5 January 2002
Author: Clay Eals ( from Seattle, Washington

This film is never considered one of Frank Capra's best, but that shouldn't keep potentially interested viewers from seeing it. On its face, it doesn't seem to be what has come to be known as a Capra film because it isn't issue-laden and doesn't really make a point other than the "follow your heart" admonition that most romantic comedies invoke. In many ways, it's a remake of Capra's "It Happened One Night" (1934), and while it doesn't have the financially and emotionally gut-wrenching backdrop of the Depression to give it the weight of the original, it's nonetheless pleasant and clever.

To appreciate "Here Comes the Groom" is to embrace a bunch of disparate parts. First and foremost, this is a Bing Crosby film, replete with seemingly ad-libbed asides that filled the Hope/Crosby "Road" pictures. Bing, who plays a newspaper reporter (one of Capra's favorite devices) but basically plays himself, has as his foil not just one but three adult characters (his editor, his would-be father-in-law and his romantic competitor), plus a passel of kids, in particular a French boy and girl whom he has virtually adopted as his own. The two kids are cute and genuinely good-natured, so when they are on screen, as they often are, they light up the place. Their repeated mimicry of the Crosby character's signature farewell gesture -- a tooth-filled smile and open-fingered hand wave -- never fails to please (except for the final time, in the film's closing seconds, in which it appears that the duo is starting to run out of steam).

Jane Wyman is a strong presence in the film as well, and quite appealing as someone torn between an elusive true love and the biological clock. She is every bit the musical equal of Crosby in their imaginatively choreographed presentation of the movie's theme song "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," staged in various parts of a huge office, then down a half-dozen floors in an elevator and out to the street.

Franchot Tone is the other big name among the actors, and he plays his role as Wyman's rich fiance with characteristic aplomb. Nothing seems to rattle Tone's character, even the possibility of losing Wyman, which may be part of the film's "follow your heart" message.

Easily outshining Tone is Alexis Smith, who never received the career-making, starring roles that she deserved. She plays a caterpillar whom Crosby, in his own strategic interest, turns into a butterfly, and while Crosby's tutelage is over-the-top sexist by today's standards, her transformation and resulting passion are eye-popping, for the Tone character and his staid relatives as well as for the viewer.

With such stong characterizations and actors, Capra for some reason decided he needed something more, so he threw in a grab bag of other elements. Before Crosby and his two adoptees fly back to the States, there's an extended operatic solo by the quite young and show-stopping Anna Maria Alberghetti. And when Crosby and the youthful pair finally get on the plane, they happen to sitting next to a group of USO entertainers, so of course there's a song, "Cristofo Columbo," which brings in fleeting contributions by Louis Armstrong, Frank Fontaine, Dorothy Lamour and Phil Harris. These are tangents, to be sure, and they make the viewer wonder momentarily if Capra has lost his narrative thread, but they don't last long and are engaging in their own right. (Perhaps the "Cristofo Columbo" scene is supposed to echo the "Man on the Flying Trapeze" scene from "It Happened One Night.")

Those looking for further Capra touches will be warmed by the brief appearances of H.B. Warner (the judge in "Mr. Deeds," a senator in "Mr. Smith" and Mr. Gower in "It's a Wonderful Life"), Charles Lane (Potter's real-estate man in "Wonderful Life") and Charles Halton (bank examiner in "Wonderful Life"). The cinematography in this film is serviceable, but there are frustrating instances of sloppiness. At one point, in a reaction shot, the camera mysteriously lingers on Crosby's editor as he does nothing for about five seconds. It's an inconsequential flub, but it feels long enough to make the viewer wonder if the film's cutter and Capra himself just went to sleep. (It's reminiscent of a similar and even longer gaffe in Capra's "You Can't Take It with You" from 1938.)

A more egregious example of visual inattention comes during a physical argument between the Wyman and Smith characters. For the actual fight, in which the two flip each other over with quick arm twists, it's all too obvious that stunt doubles are used. The doubles' faces, which look nothing like those of the two actresses (they may even be men), are repeatedly shown, and the hair color and length of the Smith double doesn't come close to matching the hair of Smith. Who was minding the store when this was shot? It's the kind of mistake that makes all kinds of viewers, not just movie buffs, roll their eyes.

To its credit, the film does lay out, in albeit cliche form, the reality of class differences. But both rich and not-so-rich are given gentle appreciative treatment. Clearly, the viewer is supposed to side with the more down-to-earth characters of Crosby and Wyman, but the rich are not cardboard villains, either. It's almost as if the message is that there is a time and place (and hope) for people from all walks of life.

"Here Comes the Groom" (a clever title in itself) is a product of the pop culture of its time; it's all-white (save for Armstrong), and traditional gender roles hold sway. But look beyond that and you will find a film that you probably didn't know you would like so well. Crosby, as top comic banana, plays his likeable persona perhaps better than ever, and the film leaves lots of smiles in its wake. The ending may be predictable, but this is a movie in which it's just fun to see the character-based twists and turns that steer the plot to its conclusion.

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