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Little Nellie Kelly (1940) Poster

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This movie has Judy Garland performing "Singin' in the Rain" more than 10 years before Gene Kelly most famously sang it in Singin' in the Rain (1952). The song was first heard on screen in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929).
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Adapted from a musical play by George M. Cohan. The original stage production opened at the Liberty Theatre in New York on November 13, 1922 and ran for 248 performances. Most of the story was rewritten for the film, and only two of the songs from the play were used, "Nellie is a Darling" and "Nellie Kelly I Love You".
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John Raitt's film debut.
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The photos shown of little Nellie Kelly growing up are photos of Judy Garland as a child.
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The film was on completed on a budget of $665,000. "Little Nellie Kelly" achieved a total of $2,046,000 in it's first release.
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Frederick Worlock is credited in studio records for the role of "Lord Cavelstoke." Although the character is mentioned in the movie, he never is seen onscreen.
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George Murphy, who plays the husband and then the father of the Nellie characters played by Judy Garland was 20 years her senior.
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Charles Winninger's character was softened just prior to principal photography. He was initially scripted to be caught in a speakeasy raid while his daughter lay dying in childbirth.
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Production ran 8 weeks from July - September 1940. Final retakes were made in late September.
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Some viewers struggled to adapt to Judy Garland in a darker role. One review stated "Don't let her play [another] married woman for a long time yet!"
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Judy's sister, Virginia, visited the set on the day that Nellie's death scene was shot. When Virginia saw Judy in full make up laying on the hospital bed, looking so frightfully close to death, she had trouble looking at her.
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This film was a hit at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $680,000 ($12.1M in 2017) according to studio records.
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This movie contains the only dying scene Judy Garland ever did onscreen.
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