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Government Girl (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 5 November 1943 (USA)
The secretary of a newly appointed government official strives to make him a success in spite of his shortcomings.

Director:

Dudley Nichols

Writers:

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

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Comedy | Romance

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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

James Dunn was almost 17 years older than his onscreen wife, Anne Shirley. See more »

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

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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
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4 July 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Olivia de Havilland is Smokey, a "Government Girl" in this 1943 look at wartime Washington. We clearly see the role of the working woman, the housing crisis, the problems getting a hotel room, and the bureaucracy. de Havilland plays a young woman with no plans to get married, because she has her career - a prevailing attitude in those days.

While at a wedding of her friend/roommate May (Ann Shirley) and her soon to be husband (James Dunn) in the lobby of a Washington hotel because their suite was given away, she encounters one Mr. Ed Browne (Sonny Tufts). He has the aforementioned suite, and Smokey can't get it away from him. Later she finds out that he's her new boss. As unpleasantly as their relationship started, she sees that he knows how to cut corners to get bombers built and get things done.

This is a forced comedy which proves that even the remarkable acting and presence of Olivia de Havilland can't save the sinking ship named Sonny Tufts. If it hadn't been for the war, this man would never have landed in front of a camera, but let's face it, Hollywood was desperate! And he's proof of it.

The rest of the cast is very good, and "Government Girl" certainly gives us an interesting look of the U.S. in wartime. De Havilland works hard, perhaps too hard, overcoming the deficiencies in the production. Or perhaps I should say, the deficiency.


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