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Director:
Writers:
James Gunn (screenplay) and
Robert Blees (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
July 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Now He Knew Her as Other Men Had!
Plot:
In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of Barbara Stanwyck
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All I Want for Christmas is Stanwyck, Stanwyck, Stanwyck...... See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Naomi Murdoch

Richard Carlson ... Henry Murdoch

Lyle Bettger ... Dutch Heinemann
Marcia Henderson ... Joyce Murdoch
Lori Nelson ... Lily Murdoch

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Sara Harper

Richard Long ... Russ Underwood
Billy Gray ... Ted Murdoch
Lotte Stein ... Lena Engstrom
Dayton Lummis ... Col. Underwood
Fred Nurney ... Peterson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Kerr ... Comic (scenes deleted)
Lois Austin ... Mrs. Underwood (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Porch Loafer (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... Senior (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ... Belle Stanton (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Tomlin (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man in Audience at Play (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Mr. Atkins (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Hack Driver (uncredited)
Alan DeWitt ... Printer (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Sally Fraser ... Daughter in Auditorium (uncredited)

Brett Halsey ... John Lexington in Play (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Man in Audience at Play (uncredited)
Jack Hardin ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Henry Hoople ... Clay (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Dr. Philip Tomlin (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Father (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Mrs. Atkins (uncredited)

George Selk ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jill Taylor ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Gloria Tucker ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Stuart Whitman ... Dick in Play (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Clem (uncredited)

Guy Williams ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
 
Writing credits
James Gunn (screenplay) and
Robert Blees (screenplay)

Gina Kaus (adaptation)

Carol Ryrie Brink (novel "Stopover") (as Carol Brink)

Produced by
Ross Hunter .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie  (as Carl Guthrie)
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Bernard Herzbrun 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Julia Heron 
 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell 
 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mack D'Agostino .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
James V. Swartz .... sound (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milton Rosen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kenny Williams .... choreographer
Jack Daniels .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
79 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16364)

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Trivia:
This marked the first time Barbara Stanwyk and Richard Long worked together. They became good friends more than a decade before playing mother and son in The Big Valley.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Russ and Joyce begin kissing on the porch swing, his nose is on her right. After the cut, they've instantly switched positions so that his nose is now on her left.See more »
Quotes:
Henry Murdoch:Naomi, some people just grow old, and others grow up.See more »
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FAQ

I have heard that Carol Brink is a beautiful person.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
All I Want for Christmas is Stanwyck, Stanwyck, Stanwyck......, 7 December 2010
Author: allaboutlana from United States

Barbar Stanwyck, Maureen O'Sullivan, Richard Carlson and Lyle Bettger make up the leading cast in this Ross Hunter-produced and Douglas Sirk-directed film. Stanwyck goes back home to her small town and the family she left behind, after receiving a letter from her oldest daughter, who's starring in a school play and graduating from high school, and who asked her to attend. Stanwyck is an stage actress, but hasn't found much success, and when she hits the small town, gossip flies. Her son just happens to be fishing buddies and best friends with Lyle Bettger, a guy who had an affair with Barbara, before she up and left. And, Miss O'Sullivan is on hand as a love interest for Richard, even though Barbara's new presence puts a fly in their plans. Does he still love Barbara? Does Barbara still love Richard? And, Lyle Bettger is all upset with Barbara for leaving him. That pretty much sets up another melodramatic story, courtesy of Hunter and Sirk.

The only critique or negative thing I have about it, is that it takes itself too seriously too early in the picture and gets really melodramatic really fast, instead of easing into the melodrama, and the dramatic events evolving and complicating their lives. The not-so-subtle score also adds to the dramatics. Bettger and Carlson seem to be overacting, especially Carlson, who appears to be uncomfortable in this movie. (In other words, they and the movie seem to be overdoing it a bit.) But, as we get to the second half and more complications ensue, this begins to find its heart and the dialogue is a lot more believable and realistic. Carlson and Bettger appear to have settled into their roles. Stanwyck is always great, as usual. The only other question is why did Richard Carlson get this role, instead of someone like George Brent or a more charismatic leading actor? But on the whole, you will definitely enjoy this film and be glad you've discovered this unknown melodrama. It can be found on a new Barbara Stanwyck DVD collection out in 2010. I could watch it again right now, and this cold weather makes me want to snuggle in for a nice quiet Saturday afternoon with Barbara Stanwyck. Who could ask for anything more?

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