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Listen, Darling (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 21 October 1938 (USA)
To stop Pinkie's mother Dottie from marrying a man they know she does not love, Pinkie and her friend Buzz kidnap her in the family trailer to live a life on the open road without worries ... See full summary »

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Edwin L. Marin

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Elaine Ryan (screenplay), Anne Morrison Chapin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... 'Pinkie' Wingate
Freddie Bartholomew ... 'Buzz' Mitchell
Mary Astor ... Dottie Wingate
Walter Pidgeon ... Richard Thurlow
Alan Hale ... J.J. Slattery
Scotty Beckett ... Billie Wingate
Barnett Parker ... Abercrombie
Gene Lockhart ... Mr. Drubbs
Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Joe
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Storyline

To stop Pinkie's mother Dottie from marrying a man they know she does not love, Pinkie and her friend Buzz kidnap her in the family trailer to live a life on the open road without worries about how to make ends meet. They then get the idea to find a husband for her whom both she and Pinkie would like. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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See it with a song in your heart! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Listen, Darling See more »

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Budget:

$566,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland sings a slow version of the song she originally sang for her MGM audition, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart." For "Listen, Darling" the song was also prerecorded with a hot second chorus, but that version was shelved in favor of a gentler approach in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When Buzz goes to leave Richard's trailer after meeting him for the first time, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible above the doorway. See more »

Quotes

'Pinkie' Wingate: [sings] I've got you. You've got me. Who cares how rough the road may be? We'll go bumpty, bumpty, bumpty, bump. On the bumpy road to love.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
(1934)
Music and Lyrics by James F. Hanley
Played during the opening and end credits
Played by the school orchestra and sung by Judy Garland (uncredited)
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Zing! Went the Strings of Her Heart
19 June 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

At a school ceremony, plucky Judy Garland (as "Pinkie" Wingate) sings after boyfriend Freddie Bartholomew (as Herbert "Buzz" Mitchell) delivers a speech. The teenagers fret about Ms. Garland's widowed mother Mary Astor (as Dorothy "Dottie" Wingate) deciding to marry a stuffy banker Gene Lockhart (as Arthur Drubbs), for financial security. To prevent the wedding, Mr. Bartholomew conspires with Garland to "kidnap" Ms. Astor and cute little Scotty Becket (as Billie Wingate).

The quartet ride around in a trailer. They meet distinguished Walter Pidgeon (as Richard Thurlow) and wealthy Alan Hale (as J.J. Slattery), both prospective husbands for mother Astor. An excellent studio version of Garland's "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" was recorded for Decca in 1939; for some reason, it was unreleased as a hit single until 1943. The tune is a highlight. The songs in "Listen, Darling" have more "Zing" than the script, but the young co-stars are engaging.

***** Listen, Darling (10/18/38) Edwin L. Marin ~ Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Mary Astor, Walter Pidgeon


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