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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 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 »

Company Credits

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

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 31, 1951 with Edmund Gwenn reprising his film role. 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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Socratic Dialogue Comes To Life
6 March 2008 | by dlpugheSee all my reviews

An Apartment for Peggy is a surprise for anyone who comes across it---and that seems to be the only way it is re-discovered again and again. Jean Crain is a marvel and so is Edmund Gwenn and the two have many wonderful scenes together. Crain's snappy, slang-laden talk with Gwenn's resigned philosophic thoughtfulness is delightful. When they realize other post- war wives putting their husbands through college fervently desire education themselves, Peggy and the Professor organize a lecture series at the only available location---a pool hall. The way the scene unfolds, with the Professor leading the discussion of philosophy, and then the women taking over with a spirited debate of ideas is one of the best and sadly a singular occasion that shows women in this kind of intellectual exchange. It is what the recent movie Mona Lisa hoped for but failed to bring to life. And the other plot lines---research in chemistry at Harvard, with William Holden, a former chemistry-major in his first role; the difficulties of miscarriage and medicine (folic acid); and the strong bond of 'family' that developed due to unusual configurations of folks thrown together by the housing shortage; the struggles of loneliness and suicide, all are dealt with in a fresh and fascinating way. This film is one that is great to see again and find new things to appreciate and we can only hope it will be transferred to DVD someday very soon.


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