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Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | November 1944 (USA)
A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Robert Thoeren (screenplay), Polly James (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Susie Parkington
Walter Pidgeon ... Major Augustus Parkington
Edward Arnold ... Amory Stilham
Agnes Moorehead ... Aspasia Conti
Cecil Kellaway ... Edward, Prince of Wales
Gladys Cooper ... Alice, Duchess de Brancourt
Frances Rafferty ... Jane Stilham
Tom Drake ... Ned Talbot
Peter Lawford ... Lord Thornley
Dan Duryea ... Jack Stilham
Hugh Marlowe ... John Marbey
Selena Royle ... Mattie Trounson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Signor Cellini
Lee Patrick ... Madeleine Parkington Swann
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Carolers (as Saint Luke's Choristers)
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Storyline

In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, and establishes their home among the wealthiest of New York's high society. Family and social life is not always peaceful, however, and she guides us, in flashbacks, through the rises and falls of the Parkington family fortunes. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una gran dama See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Seattle Monday 11 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Kansas City MO 15 March 1957 on KCMO (Channel 5), in Chicago 31 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Portland OR 8 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Minneapolis 24 July 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Omaha 18 August 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), in Honolulu 21 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 1 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Altoona PA 29 November 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 5 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 2), and in New York City 12 July 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). It first aired in San Francisco 24 January 1961 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

During a closeup of Maitre D, in the scene where newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Parkington arrive at the hotel in New York, the chambermaid with the bed warmer is seen exiting the room behind the welcoming Maitre D. In the next shot the maid is once again leaving the room. See more »

Quotes

Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt: We're always enchanted to meet Madeleine's husbands.
Al Swann: I realize I'm not a first but this time it's for keeps.
Alice - Dutchess de Brancourt: They all thought that.
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Alternate Versions

In the European released version, was replaced by 'Hugo Haas' and the role was changed to "Balkan King." Also, 's character was changed to simply "Countess" instead of "Lady Norah Ebbsworth." Three actors in casting call lists but who were not in the U.S. print (, and may also have been in this version (see the trivia section.) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by a band, including Franco Corsaro on violin, in the bridal suite at the Hotel Royal
Reprised on piano by Agnes Moorehead
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It Was Like Watching A Fairy Tale Come To Life.....
23 October 2001 | by KeedeeSee all my reviews

Oh, why couldn't this film have been longer? I was taken in from the very beginning and was fascinated watching the lives of the Parkingtons. Greer Garson was exceptional as we watched her age from a young lady to a family matriarch in her 80's. I must agree that the pairing of she and Walter Pidgeon was superb and Agnes Moorehead's performance was remarkable. Gladys Cooper always stands out in any cast and with costumes of such splendor and the storylines that ranged from tragic to tremendous, there was no way to lose with this movie. Perhaps now, I'll go purchase the novel and see if I can get any more from this tale that didn't make it to the big screen. As they always say, "the book was better than the movie". I intend to try and find out. I can hardly imagine it, but I can only hope to find more and more delight from the adventures of the Parkingtons. This was one of my favorites with the pairing of Garson and Pidgeon. It's a truly entertaining movie and I recommend it highly!


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