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Government Girl (1943)

The secretary of a newly appointed government official strives to make him a success in spite of his shortcomings.

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Dudley Nichols

Writers:

Adela Rogers St. Johns (story) (as Adela Rogers St. John), Budd Schulberg (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia de Havilland ... Elizabeth 'Smokey' Allard
Sonny Tufts ... E.H. 'Ed' Browne
Anne Shirley ... May Harness Blake
Jess Barker ... Dana McGuire
James Dunn ... Sergeant Joe Blake
Paul Stewart ... Branch Owens
Agnes Moorehead ... Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright
Harry Davenport ... Senator MacVickers
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Harris
Sig Ruman ... Ambassador
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Storyline

Washington DC during World War II. The machinery of government is a hive of endless, if not seamless, activity. Armament production is the name of the game, by fair means or foul. Ed Browne, more used to making cars in Detroit, is having to try and get planes made in this maelstrom. Luckily or unluckily, he finds he has a secretary who knows the political ropes - and her own mind. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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3 girls to a bed! 10 girls to a date! 20 girls to a steak! Where... the men are ONE to TEN a gal's GOTTA be good! No wonder no man is safe after dark! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dez Pequenas para um Homem See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. studio boss Jack L. Warner loaned Olivia de Havilland to David O. Selznick in exchange for Ingrid Bergman whom Warner cast opposite Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (1942). See more »

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Opening credits are shown over the Capitol building. See more »

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Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

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My Shining Hour
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played in the hotel during May's beefsteak dinner
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Revealing but not very Amusing
18 May 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

If you're looking for laughs, this comedy may disappoint. Surprisingly, the usually restrained De Havilland over-acts egregiously, just about chewing up the scenery in the process. As Smokey, the government girl, it's like she's trying much too hard. On the other hand, the much derided Sonny Tufts comes off best in a slyly bemused performance as the can-do industrialist. At a comedy level, the movie's uneven, at best.

As a glimpse of wartime Washington, however, the movie delivers in revealing ways. Note the unusually crowded scenes in the early part. Newly arriving office workers mix with service men and women, all flocking to staff the explosion of paper work. Naturally, the sudden influx creates a room shortage, which the movie amusingly illustrates with the frustrated newly-weds. There's also the gossipy intrigue of the high-class salons and drawing rooms, where careers can be made or broken. Then there's Brown's (Tufts) tussle with red tape, while trying to get his bomber production up and running. And, of course, the year being 1943, it all ends with a patriotic flyover presaging the Allied victory to come.

Not many wartime films deal with the administrative phase of the war effort. This, I believe, is one of the few, and from that standpoint the movie remains an interesting, if rather frantic, curiosity.


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