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Katherine Standish, who has been brought up in a strict manner in a prudish New England town, falls in love with a city slicker commercial artist, Peter Van Arden. The romance blossoms until Katie falls victim of some false information, and becomes convinced that Peter is already married and the father of two children. Written by
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I had the chance to watch this on Youtube yesterday. Someone had just uploaded it a few hours before I found it online. After wanting to see this rare Universal romantic comedy from the 50s, it was a real treat. And worth the wait.
Ann Blyth is at the peak of her career and does nicely as a wound-up-too-tight librarian who gradually comes out of her shell, thanks to the interest an artist (Mark Stevens) takes in her. It's a shame the leads did not reunite on-screen again, because they have real chemistry.
The story is aided considerably by the veteran character actors in the cast. Elizabeth Patterson is perfect as Blyth's prickly aunt; Cecil Kellaway gives one of his best comic performances as the poor sap married to Patterson, whose penchant for fun gets Blyth into trouble; and Jesse White, who disappears a third of the way into the story, plays a bartender. There is also a great turn by Irving Bacon in two sequences as a train conductor.
There are no major surprises in terms of the plot-- you can see how it's going to end a mile away. But it's so well played and there are quite a few funny gags that it's still rather enjoyable. Look for a scene that has Blyth posing for a portrait being painted by Stevens--it features her in a tub of water with lily pads. Earlier, she's glimpsed in an outdoor pool-- resembling how she was photographed in an earlier Universal picture, MR. PEABODY AND THE MERMAID.
If you enjoy comedies about small town scandals, watch this one-- and also check out SMALL TOWN GIRL and THEODORA GOES WILD.
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