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It Happened to Jane (1959)

Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".

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Jane Osgood
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Harry Foster Malone
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Lawrence Clay 'Larry' Hall
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Billy Osgood
Russ Brown ...
Uncle Otis
Walter Greaza ...
Crawford Sloan
Parker Fennelly ...
Homer Bean
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Matilda Runyon
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Wilbur Peterson
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Selwyn Harris (as Casey Adams)
John Cecil Holm ...
Aaron Caldwell
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Betty Osgood
Dick Crockett ...
Clarence Runyon
Napoleon Whiting ...
Eugene - Waiter
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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 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 <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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24 May 1959 (UK)  »

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Jane from Maine  »

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The black, white and red diesel waiting at the crossing near the end of the movie is a slightly disguised New Haven a.k.a. New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. See more »

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While the story supposedly takes place in Maine, in a railroad scene one can see the Connecticut State Capitol in the background. See more »


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Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
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Any Day that starts with Doris is a good Day
9 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewing this as a baby boomer today and remembering watching as a near teenager in 1960 or there about; I found this to be refreshingly warm, funny, and filled with some very beautiful scenery of America the beautiful. When I originally viewed this movie it was more of a good guy or girl versus a bad guy. Today on a cable movie network I watched it and was in awe of the beauty I missed as a young lad. Watch the movie for content, for Jack Lemon, Ernie Kovacks, or just because of Doris; but take a moment to observe the buildings, the towns, the scenery featured during the train ride, or just to see the townspeople in the parade at the end and maybe you will find yourself asking these same questions.

Where did the filming of this movie actually take place? Was the parade the actual city's population and band? Why did the movie industry abandon a wholesome Americana for such violent and explicit movies? It Happened to Jane; is a wonderful movie that should be a real life experience that happens to all of us. This today was more like a journey back to my childhood than just watching a movie. Perhaps if we as movie goers supported this venue of entertainment, then we might get back to being America the Beautiful as beautiful as she once was. Yes, she is still the best place in the world, but wouldn't it be grand to return to those happy glorious Doris Day(s) of yesteryear. R. John a fan of America the Beautiful


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