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The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 19 February 1943 (USA)
A missionary tries to outwit the U.S. government and smuggle Chinese orphans into the country.

Directors:

Bruce Manning, Jean Renoir (uncredited)

Writers:

Frank Ryan (screen play), Hans Jacoby (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Ruth Kirke Holliday
Edmond O'Brien ... Tom Holliday
Barry Fitzgerald ... Timothy Blake
Arthur Treacher ... Henderson
Harry Davenport ... Commodore Thomas Spencer Holliday
Grant Mitchell ... Edgar Holliday
Frieda Inescort ... Karen Holliday
Elisabeth Risdon ... Louise Holliday
Jonathan Hale ... Ferguson
Esther Dale ... Lucy
Gus Schilling ... Jeff Adams
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Dr. Kirke (as J. Frank Hamilton)
Christopher Severn Christopher Severn ... Orphan
Yvonne Severn Yvonne Severn ... Orphan
Vido Rich Vido Rich ... Orphan
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Storyline

A missionary tries to outwit the U.S. government and smuggle Chinese orphans into the country.

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She Went for a Boatride...and Came Back a Bride! With Nine Little Kids...But No Groom! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever Yours See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Deanna Durbin in a letter dated August 2, 1987 to film historian William K. Everson and published in the October 1987 issue of "Films in Review," the actress assertively attests that "Jean Renoir shot two thirds of the film as it now stands. The amazingly brave suggestion of Bruce Manning to shelve it all and do a modern version of "The Taming of the Shrew" was greeted enthusiastically by Jean, and Bruce started to contact writers immediately. Jean Renoir came back the next day complaining of the old war wound on his leg." See more »

Connections

Referenced in 12 Angry Men (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Mong Djang Nu (A Chinese Lullaby)
(uncredited)
Traditional
English Translation by Rosalyda Chang
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Not much here. A pleasant enough time waster
6 March 2003 | by MikeF-6See all my reviews

Several sources report that Jean Renoir, who shot some scenes and was then replaced as director, began this film. If he had completed it, it would have come between Swamp Water and This Land Is Mine. All my efforts to find out more about Renoir's contribution have been fruitless. I even tracked down Renoir's autobiography only to find that he doesn't mention it - not even in passing. Anyhow, Deanna Durbin is the daughter of a China missionary who rescues 8 orphan children (7 of them white) and brings them to the U.S. where they are about to be taken by the '40s version of Child Protective Services. So, she pretends to be the new, young bride of a shipping magnet who she believes was killed in a ship bombing. Romantic comedy complications ensue. I would recommend it mainly for Durbin fans, but also for those who would like to speculate on what it would have been if Jean Renoir has seen it through to completion.


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