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Apartment for Peggy (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 5 January 1949 (Sweden)
A retired professor rents his attic apartment to pregnant Peggy and her GI-Bill-student husband. The professor ponders if his life is no longer useful while the young couple faces the challenges shared with many WW II veterans' families.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Faith Baldwin (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeanne Crain ... Peggy Taylor
William Holden ... Jason Taylor
Edmund Gwenn ... Prof. Henry Barnes
Gene Lockhart ... Prof. Edward Bell
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Philip Conway
Randy Stuart ... Dorothy
Betty Lynn ... Wife (as Betty Ann Lynn)
Marion Marshall ... Ruth
Pati Behrs Pati Behrs ... Jeanne
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Storyline

Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his attic as an apartment for her and her husband Jason, a former GI struggling to finish college. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Dachkammer für zwei See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two cast members are the forgotten, slightly older first wives of stars who later married younger, much more famous actresses: Pati Behrs, wife of John Derek who later wed Ursula Andress, Linda Evans and Bo Derek; and Marion Marshall, wife of Robert Wagner who later wed Natalie Wood and Jill St. John. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Taylor: OK, give me a half dollar and I'll show you how Pop won more arguments than any guy in town.
Jason Taylor: Well, what do you want a half...
Peggy Taylor: Give me a half dollar!
[he gives it to her]
Peggy Taylor: OK, close your left eye.
[she holds the coin up to his right eye]
Peggy Taylor: What do you see?
Jason Taylor: My half dollar.
Peggy Taylor: Mm-hmm.
[she walks a few steps away]
[...]
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Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(uncredited)
from "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn
Sung by Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Louanne Hogan
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Should be seen by all teens in high school
7 August 2006 | by NancyKMSee all my reviews

I watched this twice on cable. I really liked the contrasts. I loved the way the young students respected the professors and elders in general, and co-existed with them -- not just barely tolerated them. Also, just simple common sense was so pleasant to see. No "major plot twists" with contrived "stupidity". By stupidity, I mean the typical, "such as turning your back on a bad guy", or when teens are in a house that has a known killer in it, and the kids decide to split-up to find him, and then get picked off one at a time. Needless to say, there is no "bad guy" or "killer" in this movie, but there are a couple of things that happen, and common sense not only wins out, but was also present from the beginning. Also, the hardship of a housing shortage just after World War II versus the desire for a college education. Despite that obstacle and other obstacles, these "young" adults were adult about overcoming their problems, most of the time. Also, I liked that Peggy established a lecture (series?) for the wives of students when she discovered that many wives felt left out of their husbands lives due to lack of formal education. The women weren't dumb, just hadn't been exposed to the same ideas. And a note to teens of today, yes, there was a time that many students were husbands/men and wives were in a secondary position. I found the movie very uplifting, amusing and well acted.


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