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Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)

Approved | | Musical | 1 October 1943 (USA)
Music-hall star Madeleine Marlowe leaves London engaged to the Duke of Trippingham only to find back home that Police Gazette hack Samuel A. McGee has exposed her as former burlesque queen ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), William R. Lipman (based on stories by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Madeleine 'Madge' Marlowe / Rosie O'Grady
Robert Young ... Samuel A. Magee
Adolphe Menjou ... Tom Moran
Reginald Gardiner ... Charles, Duke of Trippingham
Virginia Grey ... Edna Van Dyke
Phil Regan ... Clark - Composer / Vocalist
Sig Ruman ... Joe Flugelman
Alan Dinehart ... Arthur Skinner
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Clark
Frank Orth ... Taxi Driver
Jonathan Hale ... Mr. Fox
George Cockerill George Cockerill ... Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Trowbridge ... Husband (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Music-hall star Madeleine Marlowe leaves London engaged to the Duke of Trippingham only to find back home that Police Gazette hack Samuel A. McGee has exposed her as former burlesque queen Rosie O'Grady. To get her own back she announces that Sam is in fact her real suitor. He in turn has a song about Rosie published and something of an Irish brawl develops via his paper and her stage show. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En fästman för mycket See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,185,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Pregnant with her second daughter, Alice Faye could not take the role of Madeleine Marlowe/Rosie O'Grady. See more »

Connections

Remade as That Wonderful Urge (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Will Protect The Working Girl
Music by Alfred Baldwin Sloane
Words by Edgar Smith
Sung by Betty Grable and Robert Young
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Return Of The Native
26 November 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

At 74 minutes, "Sweet Rosie O'Grady" is just long enough and does not wear out its welcome. But it is so good good-humored and good-natured that it is tough to dislike. It must have been a B musical when it came out and there is only one memorable song in the score, "My Heart Tells Me", sung by Betty Grable. The male lead, Robert Young, is a stranger to musicals but does, in fact, get to sing the title song - and was amazingly good.

The story is outlandish, about a saloon singer from Brooklyn who becomes an international sensation and returns, hopefully in triumph. Young is a reporter who spills the beans about her humble beginnings, and she vows revenge. From there they each try to outdo the other in revenge mode, and from here the plot goes far afield.

It is all harmless fun, and as bright and glossy as Fox could make it. The surprise, as noted above, is Young, who I didn't consider as either particularly funny or as a singer, but who proves he can be both here. Good support from Adolph Menjou and Reginald Gardner helps the cause. Leonard Maltin raved about Menjou in his review, and he gave a workmanlike but unspectacular performance. Makes you wonder if he ever sees any of these oldies he reviews.


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