The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five...
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The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five years. Recognizing his ambitions, Maggie helps to guide his career without his realizing it. He honors his commitment, even though he does not feel real love for her as she does for him. Will he succumb to the wiles of young aristocratic beauty Sybil, or learn to appreciate Maggie's true worth?Written by
Robert Tonsing <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Thursday 21 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) , followed by Los Angeles 19 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Chicago 3 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Seattle 18 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Syracuse 26 June 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), by Memphis 30 July 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), by Indianapolis 19 November 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), by New Haven CT 22 November 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), and by Minneapolis 26 November 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); its television premiere in San Francisco occurred 2 June 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), but there is no documentation of its airing in New York City until Saturday 3 June 1961 when it was unloaded on the Late, Late Show by WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
What is charm exactly, Maggie?
Oh, it's... it's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don't need anything else. And if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have. Some women, a few, have charm for all, and most have charm for one, and some have charm for none.
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Brilliantly constructed movie and the casting is spot on. Intriguing plot - this movie is one that needs to be watched at least twice to pick up the details missed the first time around - maybe the Scottish accents need some adjusting to - If you know the perception of Scottish frugality (especially by those south of the border) the movie really has some hugely comical moments, such as the taxi scene, the newspaper that was never purchased and the expensive shawl moment. Helen Hayes plays the adoring wife of a young politician precisely and the plot has a very positive and surprising ending to what seems like an impossible situation. They just don't make 'em like this any more. I watched this movie for the first time this year (2005) and my only regret is not having seen it years ago - get a copy is my advice and enjoy!
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