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Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 February 1941 (USA)
Dedicated Midwestern teacher Ella Bishop is distressed when her fiancé runs off with her vixenish cousin Amy. After Amy dies in childbirth, Ella is left to care for Amy's daughter Hope.

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Tay Garnett

Writers:

Bess Streeter Aldrich (novel), Stephen Vincent Benet (screen adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha Scott ... Ella Bishop
William Gargan ... Sam Peters
Edmund Gwenn ... President Corcoran
Sterling Holloway ... Chris Jensen
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Bishop
Sidney Blackmer ... John Stevens
Mary Anderson ... Amy Saunders
Donald Douglas ... Delbert Thompson
Marsha Hunt ... Hope Thompson
John Archer ... Richard Clark (as Ralph Bowman)
Lois Ranson ... Gretchen Clark
Rosemary DeCamp ... Minna Fields
Knox Manning ... Anton Radcheck
John Arledge ... 'Snapper' MacRae
Jack Mulhall ... Professor Carter
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Storyline

Spinster septuagenarian Ella Bishop, on the brink of retirement from her fifty-two year career as the freshman English teacher at small town Midwestern University, her alma mater, wants to look toward the future, but can't help reflect upon her past, what brought her to this point. Although she always wanted to be a teacher and was both surprised and ecstatic when her mentor, Midwestern's then President James Corcoran, offered her the English teacher opening upon graduation, she only saw it as one short phase of her life until she got married and had a family, unlike her younger cousin, Amy Saunders, who solely needed romance and love to feel fulfilled. She thinks about the two men with who she was mutually in love and would have married if she could have if it not for one circumstance or another, and the one man whose love for her was and is unrequited, at least in the romantic sense, but who was and has always been there for her. Although never haven given birth to a child of her ... Written by Huggo

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One of the year's most inspired pictures...a warm, glowing story of real American people...their gayety and laughter, the dreams and desires, their problems, their loves...all the poignant romance and exciting drama of living...manifold elements that make up the very fabric of American life...brilliantly combined in a great film. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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When this film made its New York City television debut 7 August 1947 on WABD, the film distributor was paid $150; its next telecast, 1 June 1948 on WNBT, cost them $400; its 20 August 1948 telecast on WPIX went for $200; for its next showing 25 November 1948 on WJZ, the price went up to $800; it surfaced again 30 August 1949 on WABD costing them only $250, probably because it had already been telecast four times previously, and its next resurrection 6 March 1950 on WCBS went for $325. See more »

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James Corcoran, Midwestern U. President: [addresses registering students] I know some of you have walked miles to get here, and that everyday for four years you'll have to walk those miles; through rain, sleet and snow. But I know this: the end will pay you for those hardships; because the end is wisdom. Wisdom is first cousin to freedom, and freedom is the glory of our nation - and our people. Let us pray: almighty and most merciful God; here on free land, under free air, we have tried to build a house for wisdom, free to all. Look ...
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Three Cheers for Miss Bishop
16 July 1999 | by Harpo-10See all my reviews

I just saw this movie for the first time today. Martha Scott did a superb job playing a mid-western teacher who put her career and love for people above her own personal happiness. I really enjoyed this sentimental piece. The supporting cast was excellent too.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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