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The Good Fairy (1935)

A naive girl just out of a cloistered orphanage finds that being a 'good fairy' to strangers makes life awfully complicated.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Jane Hinton (English translation of play), Ferenc Molnár (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sullavan ... Luisa 'Lu' Ginglebuscher
Herbert Marshall ... Dr. Max Sporum
Frank Morgan ... Konrad
Reginald Owen ... Detlaff, the Waiter
Eric Blore ... Dr. Metz
Beulah Bondi ... Dr. Schultz
Alan Hale ... Maurice Schlapkohl
Cesar Romero ... Joe
Luis Alberni ... The Barber
June Clayworth ... Mitzi, on-screen actress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Smaney June Smaney
Thelma Woodruff Thelma Woodruff
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Storyline

Young, naive Luisa Ginglebusher, who loves fairy tales, leaves the Budapest orphanage to become a movie usherette. Soon she befriends paternal waiter Detlaff and not so paternal Konrad, a meat-packing millionaire. Uninterested in Konrad's rich gifts, Luisa schemes to be a "good fairy" and divert some of this wealth to poor stranger Dr. Sporum. But it's not that simple... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boa Fada See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On July 31, 1944, Deanna Durbin, Fredric March and June Lockhart acted in a 30-minute radio adaptation of the film, presented on the "Screen Guild Theatre" by CBS. Two-and-one-half years later, Miss Durbin starred in a musical remake of this picture, entitled I'll Be Yours (1947), which opened on February 2. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Schultz: Would you like to be an usherette, Luisa?
Luisa: Oh, yes, ma'am.
Dr. Schultz: Do you know what an usherette is?
Luisa: N-n-no, ma'am.
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Great Performances and Script
16 July 2009 | by sheerblue-1See all my reviews

This gem of a screwball comedy has it all: wonderful performances (especially from Margaret Sullavan), witty dialogue, good comedic timing, etc. The premise is a little outlandish, but hey, what do you expect from a screwball? Besides, that's partly what made "A Palm Beach Story" (also written by Sturges) so charming.

Margaret Sullavan plays Louisa, an orphan hired as a movie theater usher (which, in the scheme of things, is not important). Through funny circumstances she ends up befriending Detlaff, a prickly but lovable waiter. He invites her to a fancy party where millionaire Konrad falls for her and tries to seduce her (and fails miserably). Frightened, Louisa lies and says she's married and picks her husband's name out of the phone book. Konrad decides to give this lawyer (Max Sporum/Herbert Marshall) an important position with his company so that _he_ can go on to lavish Lousia with expensive gifts.

You can figure out the rest. Herbert Marshall and Sullavan have a great chemistry, though, and though I never took to Marshall in "Trouble in Paradise", I found him utterly charming here with his accent, enthusiasm, and dry humor. As for Sullavan...wow! She produced such touching scenes that I would have labeled this movie a tearjerker if it weren't so darned funny! A must-see.


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