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To Each His Own (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 12 March 1946 (USA)
An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris (as Olivia De Havilland)
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Corinne Piersen
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Alex Piersen
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Liz Lorimer
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Nurse Daisy Gingras
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Alma Macrorie ...
Belle Ingram
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Gregory - Younger (as Bill Ward)
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Babe
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Dr. Hunt
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Bernadock Clinton
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Mrs. Cora Clinton
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Miss Pringle
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During World War I, small-town girl Josephine Norris has an illegitimate son by an itinerant pilot. After a scheme to adopt him ends up giving him to another family, she devotes her life to loving him from afar. Written by Mark Foltz <foltz@triton.wustl.edu>

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1.37 : 1
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Ginger Rogers wrote that Leland Hayward first offered her the role of Josephine Norris. Rogers read the script and asked herself if she wanted to play the mother of a twenty-year-old man who is preparing to go off to war. She turned down the role and later regretted it when Olivia de Havilland won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Rogers also turned down The Snake Pit (1948), which Olivia also accepted and was nominated for another Oscar. Rogers wrote: "It seemed Olivia knew a good thing when she saw it. Perhaps Olivia should thank me for such poor judgment". See more »

Goofs

When Captain Cosgrove shuts off the power to his biplane it continues to glide on a level path. Biplanes have very high drag because they have two wings and all the supports in between. The plane would have started to fall toward the ground, not continue on. The clouds in the background show a level path of travel. See more »

Quotes

Lord Desham: I suppose you cared a hang for anyone in your life?
Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris: Do you indeed?
Lord Desham: Ah! Gotcha that time.
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References Flaming Youth (1923) See more »

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Three Little Fishies (Itty Bitty Poo)
Word & Music by Saxie Dowell
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A fine drama of devotion and a mother's love
19 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

What a gentle, tender story! This is a Romance 'par excellence' handled with maturity, insight, and simply told in flashbacks which take us back to earlier years, into the realities of life for a young woman who loses her true love during wartime (WW1) then finds herself unmarried and bringing a child into the world whom she must give up afterwards due to a twist in circumstances. It's a truly wonderful role for Olivia de Havilland, as Jodie Norris, and I can't think of anyone else who could play it so convincingly.

Roland Culver, in his supporting role as Lord Desham, provides a substantial backup for the elderly 'Jodie' who meets him rather abrasively during WW2 days but later relates to him the personal tragedy in her youth. He has the presence of mind and determination to see that old wrongs are set aright -- all of which leads to one of the most beautiful endings to a film anyone could wish for.

It's a film that poignantly reflects the war years when so many lives were uprooted, hopes dashed, yet carried on with courage. I wish they made more films like this one, it's a gem.


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