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Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | November 1944 (USA)
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A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.


Tay Garnett


Robert Thoeren (screenplay), Polly James (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »





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 ... Carolers (as Saint Luke's Choristers)


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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TOGETHER THEY CONQUER THE FUTURE! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lyric Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - March 26, 1945 - all caps) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Release prints of the film in Europe included characters not in the American version. Hugo Haas, playing a Balkan king, replaced Cecil Kellaway as "Edward, Prince of Wales" and Tala Birell, who plays "Lady Norah Ebbsworth", appeared as a countess in the European version. See more »


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 »


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, Cecil Kellaway was replaced by 'Hugo Haas' and the role was changed to "Balkan King." Also, Tala Birell'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 (Ann Codee, George Davis and Frank Reicher may also have been in this version (see the trivia section.) See more »


Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »


I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
(1876) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Payne Westendorf
Played extensively in the score, mostly as a love theme
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30 July 2006 | by hrd1963See all my reviews

Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon were one of the great romantic teams of the 1940s but both were too old (particularly Pigeon) for their roles in this disappointing film version of the popular Louis Bromfield novel. Pigeon is simply miscast; he is too much the gentleman to ever be convincing as the boorish, philandering Major "Gus" Parkington. As his wife, Susie, Garson, wearing a dark wig (and looking rather like Yvonne DeCarlo), ages from a naive young woman to the crusty, 84 year old family matriarch. The characterization is never believable but her scenes as the elderly Mrs. Parkington are especially objectionable (she's too arch). Neither Garson or Pigeon is particularly well-aided by a meandering script that fails to adequately clarify the relationships among the family members or takes the time to develop the various characters. Consequently, one simply doesn't care what happens to the members of the Parkington dynasty. The supporting cast...among them, Edward Arnold, Lee Patrick, Dan Duryea, Cecil Kellaway, Frances Rafferty and Tom Drake...is competent but only Agnes Moorehead, in a rare sympathetic turn as Pigeon's ex-mistress, and Gladys Cooper, as Pigeon and Garson's dypsomaniacal daughter, manage to make a significant impression.

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November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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