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Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)

Wealthy Samuel Fulton is getting older and has no family of his own. He decides to leave his estate to the family of his first love, who turned down his marriage proposal years ago because ... See full summary »

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Millicent Blaisdell
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Dan Stebbins
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Samuel Fulton / John Smith
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Roberta Blaisdell
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Harriet Blaisdell
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Howard Blaisdell
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Charles Blaisdell
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Carl Pennock
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Judge Wilkins
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Lester Pennock
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Clarissa Pennock
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Edward Norton
Forrest Lewis ...
Martin Quinn
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Clarissa Pennock (replaced by Gloria Holden) (scenes deleted)
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Wealthy Samuel Fulton is getting older and has no family of his own. He decides to leave his estate to the family of his first love, who turned down his marriage proposal years ago because he was poor. But he wants to test the family before leaving his money to them. He takes a room in their home and a job in the father's shop. He anonymously grants them $100,000. Harriet Blaisdell moves the family into a mansion and makes plans to marry her daughter Millicent off to a socialite rather than her soda jerk boyfriend Dan. The money goes to their heads, and they soon find themselves broke, back in their old house, and back to their old lives. Father back in his shop, Millicent engaged to Dan, and everyone seemingly much happier. Hoping they learned their lesson, Fulton takes his leave of the family. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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8 May 1953 (Finland)  »

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In the library scene, Millie approaches Dan and asks: "What are you reading?", to which he responds: "'It'. Something which I evidently haven't got." Millie responds: "Why, I think you have, Dan. I think you have lots of 'it'". This is a reference to Elinor Glyn's 1927 novel 'It'. Glyn popularized the word 'it' as a euphemism for 'sex appeal'. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Fulton: I'm Smith. John Smith.
Roberta Blaisdell: Are you the John Smith who was in love with Pocahontas?
Samuel Fulton: What, do I look 300 years old? Don't answer that.
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Features Hold Your Man (1929) See more »

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Tiger Rag
[Hold That Tiger] (uncredited)
Written by Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Tony Sbarbaro, Henry Ragas and Larry Shields (1917)
Performed by ensemble
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Outstanding period comedy
13 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is simply a pure delight of a comedy movie that runs on that ages-old premise - what would you do if you suddenly came into a fortune?

Everything about this film gels into an 89-minute delight; the story, script, sets, atmosphere, colour and, above all, the performances of a disparate group of actors who ensemble into a highly believable American 1920s small-town family.

Veteran screen actor Charles Coburn is outstanding as the irascible but soft-hearted Samuel Fulton and the 'Temple-esque' Gigi Perreau should have won an Oscar for her portrayal of Roberta. Yes, James Dean makes his first (and ultra-brief) appearance as a bit-parter in one of the drug-store scenes but don't let this incidental occurrence put you off.

Has Anybody Seen My Gal never outstays its welcome - indeed it seems to be over all too soon. It has yet (as of Dec. 2005) to be issued on DVD and I, for one, am eagerly awaiting its well-overdue release.


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