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The Doughgirls (1944)

Arthur and Vivian are just married, but when the get to their honeymoon suite in Washington D.C., they find it occupied. Arthur goes to meet Slade, his new boss, and when he comes back, he ... See full summary »

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James V. Kern

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Joseph Fields (play) (as Joseph A. Fields), Sam Hellman | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Edna Stokes Cadman
Alexis Smith ... Nan Curtiss Dillon
Jack Carson ... Arthur Halstead
Jane Wyman ... Vivian Marsden Halstead
Irene Manning ... Mrs. Sylvia Cadman
Charles Ruggles ... Stanley Slade
Eve Arden ... Sgt. Natalia Moskoroff
John Ridgely ... Julian Cadman
Alan Mowbray ... Breckenridge Drake
John Alexander ... Warren Buckley
Craig Stevens ... Lt. Tom Dillon
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Elizabeth Brush Cartwright
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Mr. Jordan
Donald MacBride ... Judge Franklin
Regis Toomey ... Timothy Walsh - FBI Agent
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Arthur and Vivian are just married, but when the get to their honeymoon suite in Washington D.C., they find it occupied. Arthur goes to meet Slade, his new boss, and when he comes back, he finds three girls in his suite. He orders Vivian to get rid of them, but they are friends of Vivian's and as time goes by, it looks more like Grand Central Station than the quiet honeymoon suite Arthur expected. As long as there is anyone else in the suite, Arthur will not stay there and there will be no honeymoon. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eran cuatro enamoradas See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alexis Smith who plays Nan Dillon and Craig Stevens, who plays her husband, Lieutenant Tom Dillon, were actually married in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Arthur throws Vivian down on the floor at the end of the film, you can see the part of the floor she lands on give way and spring back. It was constructed so Jane Wyman wouldn't get hurt. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Marsden Halstead: [At door to hotel] Darling, are you gonna carry me over the threshold?
Arthur Halstead: [Arms full of luggage] I can't baby. I've got all these other bags. C'mon.
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Connections

References Gang Busters (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeepers Creepers
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Music by Harry Warren
Performed by Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith and Jane Wyman
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Very madcap and absurd at times...
9 February 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... but it was funny--a nice diversion. This film featured six couples who end up sharing the honeymoon suite during the WWII housing shortage. Jane Wyman and Jack Carson are one of the couples who are married by a Justice of the Peace and end up at the hotel. Ann Sheridan and husband John Ridgely are the married couple who are currently staying in the honeymoon suite and have a hard time leaving when Wyman and Carson show up. Later, Alexis Smith and (real-life) husband Craig Stevens show up as an engaged couple who want to marry before Stevens leaves for his next military assignment. Eve Arden is a Soviet solider who just shows up (and maybe is staying in the room too? I don't know. There were so many people in there). Charles Ruggles rounds out the cast as Carson's boss, but later ends up as Wyman's boss.

Carson, who is supposed to be on his honeymoon with Wyman, refuses to stay in the suite because of all the extra people. Wyman's character, is a complete dim-wit and doormat. Sheridan and Smith walk all over her. It seems that the three ladies are also acquainted with one another, which is most likely the main reason why Wyman won't kick them out. Wyman's character, in my opinion, is the only sour note in the film, because her character is so irritating. She brags about her haircut to multiple people in the film and it's terrible. She has that matronly poodle cut hair style that so many women during the 1940s-1950s adopted which instantly aged them 10-15 years. Sheridan and Smith, while definitely wearing 1940s hairstyles, look much more sleek and sophisticated. Sheridan, Smith and Arden were my favorite characters in the film.

This movie was so frantic and had so many different characters and situations that at times, it was hard to follow what was going on. However, overall, it was funny and a great way to spend an hour and a half. This type of film fulfills the exact role I want from my movies: escapism. When I watch a movie, I want to be able to forget about all the awful things I heard/read about on the news that day. Even if it's not an absurd movie like The Doughgirls, and is something more serious like a noir, I am still able to escape. Noir films are so stylized that you're swept up into their world.


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