6 user 2 critic

It Happens Every Thursday (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 April 1953 (USA)
A New York couple takes over a small town newspaper.



(screenplay), (novel) | 2 more credits »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hired Wife (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Cement company CEO Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a wife in name only, an arrangement made to protect his finances from an attempt at a hostile business takeover.... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Virginia Bruce
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing. Marian and Luke found Susan when she was a ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Some dastardly criminals have stolen some top secret plans and tattoo them on the back of a woman so she can sell them to the highest bidder in Lisbon. This woman plans to take the place of... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Roland Young
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A super-efficient secretary at a department store falls for and marries her boss, but finds out that taking care of him at home (and especially his spoiled-brat daughter) is a lot different from taking care of him at work.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Michael Bartlett
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After stealing 10 thousand dollars from a New York businessman, two female cons hide in a small Maine town where, against their will, they perform good deeds and become respectable.

Director: William D. Russell
Stars: Veronica Lake, Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A ruthless fashion designer steps on everyone in her way in order to reach the top of her profession. Eventually she is forced to choose between her ambition and the man she loves.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Susan Hayward, Dan Dailey, George Sanders
The Jackpot (1950)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: James Stewart, Barbara Hale, James Gleason
Paris Model (1953)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The story of a dress and the effects it has on the women who wear it begs the question of where is O.Henry when he is needed. "Nude at Midnight", a new and daring Paris style creation is ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Marilyn Maxwell, Paulette Goddard, Eva Gabor
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A female ex-con falls in love and hesitates to reveal her past.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Loretta Young, Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol
Half Angel (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Nora Gilpin is a demure nurse, who has just become engaged to her long-time beau, Tim. She is also secretly fighting her attraction to attorney, John Raymond, whom she insists she dislikes.... See full summary »

Director: Richard Sale
Stars: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Cecil Kellaway
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Youth gang leader Jerry Florea is shot fleeing from a crime scene by rookie cop Ed Gallagher. Result: "he'll never have children of his own." Ed and Jerry develop a mutually beneficial ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Tony Curtis, George Nader, Julie Adams
Louisa (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

To her family's discomfiture, grandmother Louisa starts dating two men...a grocer and her son's boss.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Charles Coburn, Ruth Hussey


Complete credited cast:
Jane MacAvoy
Bob MacAvoy
Fred Hawley
Chet Dunne (as Palmer Lee)
Harvey Grant ...
Steve MacAvoy
Jimmy Conlin ...
Mrs. Eva Spatch
Willard Waterman ...
Myron Trout
Mrs. Lucinda Holmes
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Peterson
Edward Clark ...
Kathryn Card ...
Mrs. Dow
James Bartlett
Mayor Hull


New York reporter Bob MacAvoy is persuaded by pregnant wife Jane to buy a broken-down weekly newspaper in Eden, California. They have humorous problems with small town mores and eccentric citizens. But their schemes to increase circulation get them in over their heads. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jede Woche neu  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Loretta Young's final movie. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sheer escapism
11 June 2010 | by (advicetothelovelorn.blogspot.com) – See all my reviews

Loretta Young, the toothy, huge-eyed leading lady, was known in Hollywood as "Attila the Nun", due to her evangelical Catholic faith (which extended to introducing a swear jar on set, something I'll have to implement at work) and iron will. She may have been voted the Hollywood Women's Press Club's most cooperative actress of 1950 (Bob Mitchum scooped their least cooperative actor gong), but then she always was a sassy self-publicist. Still, despite all that, and the bad press she's had in recent years for the whole Judy Lewis affair, she remains an attractive performer: ethereal and appealing in those early years, then a fitting screen mother as her fascinating looks ebbed away.

It Happens Every Thursday was her final film and it's a charming piece of Americana: something like the gentle cousin of Sam Fuller's Park Row, with a showy role for Young as the archetypal supportive wife – stoic, resourceful and loyal. John Forsythe is a New York newspaperman who buys his own small-town 'paper – the Eden Chronicle – and finds it's going to need a bit of work. The relationship between Forsythe and screen wife Young is smartly written and delightfully played, and the difficulties they face are nicely realised. The familiar baddie in such movies, a hateful, sniping little gossip gleefully ruining lives, is usually a harridan, but here you get a fey wannabe adulterer, played by Willard Wateman. The rest of the supporting cast is pretty much terrific, featuring the greatest character comic of them all, Frank McHugh, alongside Preston Sturges regular Jimmy Conlin and round-faced Edgar Buchanan, who's excellent in a surprisingly deep role. Best of all is the magnificent Gladys George (also appearing on the big screen for the final time), the most sympathetic brothel owner in '50s cinema. This blend of Johnny Come Lately and Mr Blandings could have seemed stale, but thanks to good scripting, pleasant plotting and lovely acting, it turns out just great.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss It Happens Every Thursday (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: