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It Had to Be You (1947)

A woman is noted for leaving her bridegrooms at the altar until a dashing fireman walks into her life.


Norman Panama (screen play), Melvin Frank (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Victoria Stafford
Cornel Wilde ... George McKesson / Johnny Blaine
Percy Waram ... Mr. Horace Stafford
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Martha Stafford
Ron Randell ... Oliver H.P. Harrington
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Ned Harrington
Charles Evans ... Dr. Parkinson
Billy Bevan ... Evans - the Butler (as William Bevan)
Frank Orth ... Train Conductor Brown
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Duncan ... John (scenes deleted)
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Brown (scenes deleted)
Oscar O'Shea ... Irish Neighborhood Watchman (scenes deleted)


A woman is noted for leaving her bridegrooms at the altar until a dashing fireman walks into her life.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Until he sent those little hot shivers shooting down to her toes... she thought it was a dream! See more »


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Did You Know?


"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 26, 1948 with Cornel Wilde reprising his film role. See more »


The ticket for the baseball game, dated July 26, 1947, shows the Yankees opponent as Washington (Senators), when in reality they played the Chicago White Sox that day... and lost. See more »


George McKesson: How!
[kisses Victoria]
Victoria Stafford: And how!
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Followed by It Had to Be You (2000) See more »


It Had to Be You
Music by Isham Jones
Played often throughout the film
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Foolish comedy is all in vain...incredibly naive mixture of fact and fantasy...
26 April 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

GINGER ROGERS plays another one of her fluttery sapheads with a little girl voice and manner that becomes irritating after the first ten minutes. She's caught in a script full of trouble--because none of it makes a good deal of sense. Supposedly, her crush as a girl on a boy who played Indian games with her, has her fantasizing that this boy--now a man in her dreams--is the one she was destined to marry.

So, in a prologue to the nonsense, she shows up at the altar several times with a man she cannot exchange the wedding vows with--even up until the ending where she and RON RANDELL are about to be wed.

It's tiresome stuff, but is somewhat salvaged by a couple of bright performances from CORNEL WILDE as the Indian incarnation (in her dreams) and RON RANDELL as the stuffy suitor who has the best command of all the comic lines and situations. Indeed, it's Randell who gives the most polished, professional job in the whole film. And CORNEL WILDE, in a dual role as the Indian and the fireman Ginger eventually meets, lends charm and physical presence to his part.

SPRING BYINGTON is properly befuddled (as usual) as Rogers' dithery mother but the whole story fizzles long before it reaches a rather predictable ending.

Ginger mugs her way through most of it but it's her little girl voice that is the most irritating factor in her portrayal of the daffy heroine.

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Release Date:

December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Found a Dream See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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