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The Late George Apley (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 March 1947 (USA)
George and Catherine Apley of Boston lead a proper life in the proper social circle, as did the Apleys before them. When grown daughter Eleanor falls in love with Howard (from New York!), ... See full summary »

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Philip Dunne (screen play by), John P. Marquand (from the play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... George Apley
Vanessa Brown ... Agnes Willing
Richard Haydn ... Horatio Willing
Charles Russell ... Howard Boulder
Richard Ney ... John Apley
Percy Waram ... Roger Newcombe
Mildred Natwick ... Amelia Newcombe
Edna Best ... Catherine Apley
Nydia Westman ... Jane Willing
Peggy Cummins ... Eleanor Apley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Blanchard Susan Blanchard ... Myrtle (scenes deleted)
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George and Catherine Apley of Boston lead a proper life in the proper social circle, as did the Apleys before them. When grown daughter Eleanor falls in love with Howard (from New York!), and son John with Myrtle (from Worcester!), the ordered life of the Apley home on Beacon Street is threatened, as is the hoped-for union of John and Apley-cousin Agnes. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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He's the immovable object! She's the irresistible force! It's the incomparably entertaining movie! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenho Direito ao Amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1946, but not released until 1947. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Apley: She's from Worcester.
George Apley: [who is from Boston] From Worcester? A foreigner!
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Sweet Little Marigold
(uncredited)
Music by J. Bodewalt Lampe
Lyrics by Howard Carleton
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Subtle yet entertaining.
22 June 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a different sort of Ronald Colman movie. In an odd move, he plays the central character in the film but is also a very flawed man--not the sort of likable guy you'd expect him to be. This was quite a risk, though with this film and A DOUBLE LIFE (both 1947), Colman took on some darker characters. Now I am not saying that Colman is evil in THE LATE GEORGE APLEY, but he certainly is as far from the guy you'd see him play in THE PRISONER OF ZENDA or LOST HORIZON as you could get!

Colman plays George Apley--the head of a distinguished but way too self-important family of quality in Boston circa 1912. He is the blue-bloodest blue blood in town and a man completely wrapped up in traditions. And, according to traditions, his two grown children should marry within their ranks--and not for love but for family honor. The problem is that the son does not want to marry the cousin who was always designated to be his wife and the daughter is in love with a Yale man (uggh, for shame that he didn't go to Harvard!). So the heart of the story is will Apley get with the times or will he remain stuck and duty-boud forever? Fortunately, his brother-in-law (Percy Waram) was there to gently nudge George in the right direction and although Waram is NOT a well-known actor, his smaller role was probably the most interesting and pivotal in the film. He easily upstaged other supporting actors in the film such as Richard Haydn and Midred Natwick.

The film is funny, but in a very, very subtle way. If you are looking for belly laughs, this is not your film. However, it is a nice film about social satire and it is well made form start to finish as well as very different---something I value considering how many films I have watched over the years. Well worth seeing.


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