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It Happened to Jane (1959)

 -  Comedy  -  14 July 1959 (Denmark)
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Jane Osgood is trying to support her two young children by running a lobster business. After one of her shipments is ruined by inattention at the railroad station, Jane decides to take on ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Osgood
Harry Foster Malone
Lawrence Clay 'Larry' Hall
Teddy Rooney ...
Billy Osgood
Russ Brown ...
Uncle Otis
Walter Greaza ...
Crawford Sloan
Parker Fennelly ...
Homer Bean
Matilda Runyon
Philip Coolidge ...
Wilbur Peterson
Selwyn Harris (as Casey Adams)
John Cecil Holm ...
Aaron Caldwell
Gina Gillespie ...
Betty Osgood
Dick Crockett ...
Clarence Runyon
Napoleon Whiting ...
Eugene - Waiter


Jane Osgood is trying to support her two young children by running a lobster business. After one of her shipments is ruined by inattention at the railroad station, Jane decides to take on Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world". With the help of her lifelong friend - and lawyer - George Denham, Jane sues Malone for the price of her lobsters & her lost business. What she ends up with is a lot more than either of them bargained for. Written by April M. Cheek <>

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It could have happened to anyone, but It Happened To Jane!




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14 July 1959 (Denmark)  »

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Jane from Maine  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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George Denham's car is a 1951 Studebaker Champion Regal Convertible. See more »


When Old 97 leaves Cape Ann for the lobster run, a close-up of the locomotive's wheels shows them turning backwards. It then cuts to a longer shot, and the train is going forwards. See more »


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Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
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Last New Haven RR steam locomotive is the real star!
2 February 2005 | by (Beverly, MA) – See all my reviews

The picture was filmed in 1958, mostly in Connecticut (Essex, Deep River, Hartford, etc.) along the rails of the New Haven RR. The producers used that railroad's last surviving steam locomotive which had been held for 4 years since the end of regular steam use on the railroad in 1954. It was used in the winter for snow melting service. After the film was completed, the locomotive was offered to anyone/community who wanted it. The town of Essex debated the idea but turned it down as not "fitting in" to the quaintness of the community. So the locomotive was sold for scrap and moved to a dismantling yard in Pennsylvania. A short while later the Danbury Fair Ground called the railroad and asked if they could have the locomotive, but a quick call to Pennsylvania brought the sad news that the locomotive had already been cut up. Too late. No New Haven RR steam locomotive survives today. At least we get to see "old 97" go out in a blaze of glory on the screen (real number was 3016, I believe). She was a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement, known as "Mikado" types... a very common type of freight locomotive of the early 20th century.

The shots of Day and Lemmon yelling back and forth over the top of the coal tender are priceless. They were really there, getting all covered with soot and coal smoke. The actual railroad fireman who did the work with Lemmon said he enjoyed his stint bailing in coal, and the dirt was real, not applied makeup.

A great flick!

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