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Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)

Jerry North (William Post Jr.) and his wife, Pam (Gracie Allen)return home after a night away in a holiday spirit. The spirit soon vanishes when the body of a man falls out of the liquor ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

S.K. Lauren (screen play) (as S. K. Lauren), Owen Davis (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gracie Allen ... Pamela North
William Post Jr. ... Gerald P. North
Paul Kelly ... Lieutenant Weigand
Rose Hobart ... Carol Brent
Virginia Grey ... Jane Wilson
Tom Conway ... Louis Berex
Felix Bressart ... Arthur Talbot
Stuart Crawford ... Stuart Blanton
Porter Hall ... George Heyler
Millard Mitchell ... Mullins
Lucien Littlefield ... Barnes
Inez Cooper ... Mabel Harris
Keye Luke ... Kumi
Jerome Cowan ... Ben Wilson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Buano
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Storyline

Jerry North (William Post Jr.) and his wife, Pam (Gracie Allen)return home after a night away in a holiday spirit. The spirit soon vanishes when the body of a man falls out of the liquor closet. The corpse is identified as Stanley Brent, the estranged husband of Carol Brent (Rose Hobart), a friend of Pam's. As the clues are unearthed, it appears that some member of the North's social circle, who knew they would be away, gained entrance to their apartment, asked Brent to come there and murdered him. Pam tries to establish alibis for all of her friends, and in doing so inadvertently establishes who killed Brent. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gracie turns KILLER-DRILLER in the dizziest murder in history!(original print ad) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film was initially televised in Los Angeles Tuesday 17 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Thursday 19 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it first aired 4 May 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) followed by New York City 14 December 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2) See more »

Goofs

When Jerry meets Pam at the beginning of the movie, Pam runs up to him with arms outstretched as if to hug Jerry, as Jerry is putting down his bag. In the next cut, her arms are in front of her, lowered, holding her purse. See more »

Crazy Credits

Gracie keeps talking all the way through the end title. See more »

Connections

Version of Mr. & Mrs. North (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Love Affair
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on piano by Doris Day and sung by other guests
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Allen without Burns is not good
21 January 2002 | by Dave BanksSee all my reviews

I recall, as a young lad, listening to Mr. & Mrs. North on the radio. The show was, basically, a clone of "The Thin Man" with the North's engaging in amusing banter and solving murders a la Nick & Nora (but with no Asta). However, when MGM decided to make a motion picture about the North's, they went for the broad laughs by casting Gracie Allen as Pam North. This obvious miscasting simply did not work.

Gracie Allen was an attractive woman who, for many years, played a lovable, scatterbrained character on Radio, Television, and in a few movies. She did this to perfection. But, the common denominator in her career was the presence of her husband, the talented and much loved George Burns. Burns was perfect at playing the straight man and comic foil for Gracie and her outrageous ramblings. But, Burns wasn't in this movie and the resulting mediocre effort shows it. Instead of being funny, Gracie was simply annoying and, at times, obnoxious in her role. This movie would have been so much better with a different actress playing the part of Pam North.

From my standpoint, one very pleasant surprise was the casting of Fortunio Bonanova as the North's landlord. He was only in a couple of early scenes but, his presence in any movie is always a treat for me. His rich, Italian accented voice is superb, whether he is speaking or singing.

All in all, this is a decent little comedy-mystery but, it sure could have, and would have been better without Gracie Allen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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