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The Voice of the Turtle (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 February 1948 (USA)
A soldier spends the weekend with an actress after being stood up by her friend. Will he be able to change her cynical attitude towards love?


Irving Rapper


Charles Hoffman (additional dialogue), John Van Druten (play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Sergeant Bill Page
Eleanor Parker ... Sally Middleton
Eve Arden ... Olive Lashbrooke
Wayne Morris ... Comm. Ned Burling
Kent Smith ... Kenneth Bartlett
John Emery ... George Harrington
Erskine Sanford ... Storekeeper
John Holland ... Henry Atherton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Kennedy ... Naval Officer (unconfirmed)


Budding actress Sally Middleton agrees to a date with Bill Page, a soldier on a weekend pass, after he's stood up by her worldly friend, Olive. When Bill has a problem getting a hotel room, he ends up spending the weekend with Sally at her apartment. Both have to fight temptation as they become attracted to one another. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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Lt. Cdr. Burling is a Naval Aviator by the wings on his chest, and has multiple awards for the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals, plus a Purple Heart. In real life, Wayne Morris was a U.S. Naval Reserve officer and fighter pilot ace in WWII and received four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. See more »


Actress playing Sally mistakenly refers to the kitchen appliance double-boiler as a double-broiler, a cooking apparatus that doesn't exist. See more »


Sally Middleton: Ooh, how about some pajamas?
Sergeant Bill Page: Weh, eh, I couldn't wear your pajamas.
Sally Middleton: They're not mine, they're men's paja... My brother stays here sometimes.
[gets the pajamas she bought Ken for Christmas]
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Referenced in The Fabulous Fox (2004) See more »


Gotta Be This or That
Music by Sunny Skylar
Played on the radio as Sally and Bill arrive at her apartment after the Satin Room
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Charming screen version of long-run Broadway play...
10 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Eleanor Parker was approaching the peak of her career when she was cast as Sally Middleton, the slightly daffy heroine of this charming wartime romantic comedy. Ronald Reagan, fresh from his stint in the service, returned to play a soldier who finds himself falling for the charming actress and staying overnight (innocently) in her apartment. Eve Arden is on hand for comic relief as the heroine's best friend and gets some hearty laughs with her usual witty observations and Wayne Morris has a secondary role as her Naval commander boyfriend. Kent Smith is wasted as a producer unwilling to make a relationship commitment with Parker.

Eleanor Parker carries most of the film and proves adept at the physical comedy--notably in a scene where she prepares a sofabed for her Army soldier, empties ashtrays and primps pillows--all in harmony with Max Steiner's jaunty background score.

One of Reagan's better post-war films with his usual amiable performance as the decent soldier--and far and away one of Miss Parker's most fetching roles.

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English | French

Release Date:

28 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One for the Book See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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