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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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  (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)
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)
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)
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)
Joe Gilbert ... Usher (uncredited)
June Glory ... Guest (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Usher (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... Maid (uncredited)
Andree Guy ... Orphan (uncredited)
Claude Guy ... Orphan (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Passenger on Airplane (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)
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)
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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

Also Known As:
113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1952) | Sweden:Btl | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

James Finlayson's uncredited cameo as a drunk was his final film role.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 »
Emmadel Jones:No, I'm not going to live Ma's life all over again, waiting on shore for a sailor who comes to land every three years. It's like being married to a salmon!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Paramount Presents (1974) (TV)See more »


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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Master of the Cultured Ad-lib, 22 June 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Frank Capra in his autobiography called Bing Crosby, "the master of the cultured ad-lib." A lot of time Crosby would drop several ad-libs into a script and Capra kept them in. According to Capra they were better

than what the screenwriter had written. Of course partnering with Bob Hope in several films and thousands of radio, television, and live shows Bing had to be quick on the uptake.

Capra wanted to do another of his populist films like Mr. Deeds etc., in the three picture deal he signed with Paramount. But after doing Riding High and doing it well with Bing Crosby, he wanted to do one of his type film. The Paramount brass said no, but since he was unhappy at Paramount they agreed to drop their last picture commitment on his contract for one more Crosby film. Just make a good one.

Capra was as good as his word. This film is entertainment plus and a lot of that has to do with the chemistry between Bing and Jane Wyman. Most of Crosby's leading ladies were nice women who just melted with the Crosby charm. Not so here. Ms. Wyman gives as good with the wisecracks as Crosby does and is no pushover. What she is here is a fiancé who's grown tired of waiting for her man who's out gallivanting all over the world as per his job as correspondent. When he finally does come back he has two French orphans in tow. But Jane's decided to marry millionaire Franchot Tone. Bing has to get her back or those kids will be deported. That's where the fun starts.

By now Paramount was giving Crosby vehicles some respectable budgets and that included letting Frank Capra hire a lot of his favorite supporting players. Those folks make a Capra film an enjoyable experience.

Franchot Tone does nicely as millionaire rival and critics were astounded at Alexis Smith who turned out to have a real flair for comedy. Funny parts she wasn't getting at Warner Brothers. She plays a "kissing" cousin of Franchot Tone and figures prominently in Bing's machinations.

They were also astounded at Jane Wyman who nobody realized could sing. Why they were is beyond me since she did start in musical choruses. The song In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer won an Oscar for best song and became one of Bing's million selling records, dueted with Jane Wyman on screen and on vinyl.

The rest of the score is by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans who were under contract to Paramount and for some reason or other never wrote another Crosby film score. Probably because Paramount didn't assign them because many years later they scored and arranged a whole album of duets with Bing and Rosemary Clooney called That Traveling Two Beat Time. And Bing did pretty good with a song written for his friend Bob Hope by them called Silver Bells.

One of the Livingston-Evans songs was a patented philosophical number called Your Own Little House. A nice song on record, on screen it's a great impromptu style number that so many of Crosby's seemed to be. Sung with a group of kids who are French war orphans, Bing does some gentle kidding of fellow entertainers Jimmy Durante and Maurice Chevalier.

This is one of Bing's best and great entertainment.

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