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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

Writers:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Garotos Endiabrados See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Astor fondly remembered working on "Listen, Darling" with the the 16 year old Judy Garland. "She was so young and vital - it was no act. Something would strike her as funny, and her face would get red, and 'There goes Judy!' would be the cry. And we just had to wait until she got over it. She was a kid, a real kid. It didn't take long for her to get over that." See more »

Quotes

'Buzz' Mitchell: I might as well try to reason with a piece of cheese as women.
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References Three Smart Girls (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Bumpy Road to Love
(1938)
Music and Lyrics by Al Hoffman, Al Lewis and Murray Mencher
Played during the opening and end credits
Sung by Judy Garland (uncredited) in the trailer, with Freddie Bartholomew (uncredited) and Mary Astor (uncredited)
Reprised at the end by Walter Pidgeon (uncredited), Mary Astor (uncredited), Judy Garland (uncredited) and Scotty Beckett (uncredited)
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Pure Schmaltz! And I loved it every minute of it!
4 August 2016 | by billnich-1See all my reviews

This movie is pure unadulterated schmaltz. It was schmaltz before schmaltz was schmaltzy! But was one of the most enjoyable movies I've ever seen. It was great to see the three young actors (Judy Garland, right before her rise with the Wizard of Oz; Freddie Bartholomew, just as his star was starting to face; and Scotty Beckett, a former Our Gang star who played numerous supporting roles in the 30s), hold their own with three seasoned veterans (Mary Astor, Walter Pigeon and Alan Hale, Sr.).

The plot is contrived, the conclusion predictable, the setting a bit outdated (women were only trained to be homemakers, leaving widows with children in danger of poverty) and the situation completely contrived, but there is nothing to not enjoy in this pure piece of entertainment from Hollywood's Golden Age.

Enjoy it, try not to roll your eyes too much, and recommend it to your friends! They just don't make movies like they used to.


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