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Kitty (1945)

Approved | | Drama, History | 25 January 1946 (USA)
An 18th century London wench gets involved with the nobility.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Rosamond Marshall (novel), Karl Tunberg | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulette Goddard ... Kitty
Ray Milland ... Sir Hugh Marcy
Patric Knowles ... Brett Harwood Earl of Carstairs
Reginald Owen ... Duke of Malmunster
Cecil Kellaway ... Thomas Gainsborough
Constance Collier ... Lady Susan Dowitt
Dennis Hoey ... Jonathan Selby
Sara Allgood ... Old Meg
Eric Blore ... Dobson
Gordon Richards Gordon Richards ... Sir Joshua Reynolds
Michael Dyne Michael Dyne ... Prince of Wales
Edgar Norton ... Earl of Campton
Patricia Cameron Patricia Cameron ... Elaine Carlisle
Percival Vivian Percival Vivian ... Dr. Holt
Mary Gordon ... Nanny
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Storyline

London, 1783: Kitty, a saucy wench of the slums, meets the painter Gainsborough by stealing his shoes. He paints her as an "anonymous lady" who excites the interest of his noble friends, notably penniless Sir Hugh Marcy, who schemes to pass Kitty off as a genuine lady (a formidable task) and marry her off for financial gain. But Kitty has her own ideas about the uses of matrimony. Lots of decolletage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She made a career out of love.

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La duchesse des bas-fonds See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Gainsborough's painting, The Blue Boy, was bought in 1921 by American railroad pioneer Henry Edwards Huntington. It is now on display in the Huntington Library of San Marino, California. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Gainsborough: They're guessing everything from duchess to a baroness... I hope you won't tell anyone the truth, Hugh.
Sir Hugh Marcy: I never tell the truth.
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Soundtracks

TAMBOURIN
(uncredited)
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Danced by uncredited actress (character Signorina Baccelli)
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Give us a DVD! A great, fun, bawdy, yet sophisticated, gem.
14 April 2005 | by drogers-11See all my reviews

Paulette Goddard deserves to have this movie seen and enjoyed, and so do we. She was a charming actress, and this film gave her a chance to show it. Ray Milland is also a very charming cad. It's been too long since I've seen it, on TV when I was much younger, but I remember how much I liked it. For years I think I had it confused with FOREVER AMBER, but I was able to get ahold of that film on VHS a couple of years ago, and was greatly disappointed--I thought it sure wasn't as good as I remembered. It wasn't until I happened upon KITTY while looking at films done by Paulette, whom I also loved in REAP THE WILD WIND, that I realized I was disappointed by AMBER because it was not KITTY. Well, so it goes.

Come on, whoever owns the Paramount vault, dig into it. And look at other Mitchell Leisen films too, like HOLD BACK THE DAWN, TO EACH HIS OWN, and LADY IN THE DARK (which I don't think I've seen but would love to). He is one of the great UNDISCOVERED directors.

Give us DVDs--PLEEEEZE.

leisen


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