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Patrick the Great (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 4 May 1945 (USA)
Talented youngster Pat Donahue is working in the Berkshires. He learns of a great part in New York City and auditions. But after winning the role he finds out it was originally intended for... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Ryan

Writers:

Dorothy Bennett, Ralph Block (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Donald O'Connor ... Pat Donahue Jr.
Peggy Ryan ... Judy Watkin
Frances Dee ... Lynn Andrews
Donald Cook ... Pat Donahue, Sr.
Eve Arden ... Jean Mathews
Thomas Gomez ... Max Wilson
Gavin Muir ... Prentis Johns
Andrew Tombes ... Sam Bassett
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Merney
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Alsop
The Jivin' Jacks and Jills ... Jitterbug Dancers
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Talented youngster Pat Donahue is working in the Berkshires. He learns of a great part in New York City and auditions. But after winning the role he finds out it was originally intended for his father Patrick. The son is reluctant to do what's right. Written by rharlan58

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THE YEAR'S DIZZIEST WHIRL OF LAUGHS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Approved | See all certifications »
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One of my favorites
13 April 2011 | by mggbikeluvrSee all my reviews

This movie is all around great. The acting is certainly top notch and you couldn't ask for anyone better to play the parts. Compared to the rest of Universal's teenage musicals, this one seems to be the most professional. It has a different director than the rest. Though the old director, Charles Lamont, was very good, this film needed a director like Frank Ryan. I seemed to get more laughs out of his work. The rest of the teenage musicals seem to appeal to only teenagers. This appeals to teenagers, children, adults, elderly, anyone! Frances Dee is in this. She is very pretty and a great actress. I enjoyed her so much, I am wishing to see another one of her films. Donald Cook was good as the father. He is a good singer, a bit more of a bass, if you ask me. Peggy Ryan is a joy in anything. I happen to think that this film shows all of her beauty. I think she's gorgeous. And in this film, you can definitely see it. Donald O'Connor is the star of the show and he lives up to the title. He was amazing. I loved his little song, "Let Me See". Hilarious! There actually isn't much dancing or songs. It's more of an actual movie than the rest of them. I can only think of three dances done, not counting a waltz. The first dance is by the Jivin' Jacks and Jills, who I thought did the best in this film than almost any of their other films. I recognized several of them from previous ones and they improved over the time. The other dances are by Donald and Peggy, one with background dancers.

This was Donald and Peggy's last film together before he was drafted into the Army. I think that Universal finally decided to do the kids justice and finally let them fall in love. In their fourteen previous pictures together, they had never fallen in love. They do in this one, though.

I only have one minor complaint about this one. A the end, Donad and Peggy don't kiss. It is a small complaint. But I was hoping for them to kiss at the end. Other than that, it is one of the best films I have ever seen and I recommend it over many other Donald and Peggy movies.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos tenorios See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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