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The Voice of the Turtle (1947)

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?

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One for the Book See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title is taken from the Bible - Song of Solomon, Chapter 2, verses 10-12. The "turtle" in the King James Version meaning the bird "turtledove". See more »

Goofs

During the entire break-up scene in the apartment at the beginning of the movie, the man's tie is repeatedly covered over by his scarf, then uncovered, in a series of consecutive close-up shots. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

How Many Hearts Have You Broken (With Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
(uncredited)
Music by Al Kaufman
Played by the band at the Satin Room after the show
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Delightful wartime comedy.
13 July 2001 | by haroldg-2See all my reviews

Irving Rapper's 1947 wartime comedy 'One For the Book,' is based on John Van Druten's Broadway play, 'The Voice of the Turtle.'

Eleanor Parker plays a young, struggling NY stage actress who's been disappointed with love, but agrees to go out with a soldier on leave (Ronald Reagan) after he's stood up by her friend (Eve Arden). They spend the weekend together and fall in love.

I don't think there was a prettier girl in all the movies then Eleanor Parker, who also had one of the loveliest speaking voices, so distinct and individual. On top of that, she's a marvelous screen actress, and this is one of her best early films, in Margaret Sullavan's famous stage role. (She even wears Sullavan's hairstyle with her trademark bangs.) Though she's usually at her best playing strong, domineering women, she's very charming in this entertaining romantic comedy.

Ronald Reagan, too, had one of his better film roles, and working with Parker brought out the best in him. With the exception of his dramatic role in 'Kings Row,' he's rarely this appealing, and his love scenes with lovely Eleanor are very romantic.

And Eve Arden is terrific as always as Parker's man-chasing friend.

A very bright, enjoyable romantic comedy, well directed and acted.


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