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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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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

Dr. Philip Conway: Edward tells me you've taken in a G.I. couple.
Prof. Henry Barnes: I've not only taken in a G.I. couple I've taken in a G.I. dog, a G.I. cat and very probably a G.I. mouse.
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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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Confounding...exasperating...yet wonderfully charming!
31 August 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Jeanne Crain is a breathlessly talkative expectant mother who lives with her husband, a former soldier, in a trailer; she chances to meet retired professor Edmund Gwenn, who feels his mundane, monotone existence means retreating from this world, but he goes along with her plan to let the couple temporarily move into his attic. The perfect example of what they used to call 'whimsical comedy'; despite a clumsy start, it still seems heartfelt today, perhaps even meaningful. Gwenn conveys the most complex emotions simply by wordless expression, and Crain's exuberance grows on you (she's better though in her quieter moments). With these two front and center, William Holden ends up playing third wheel, but his solid, masculinely amiable presence is a nice counterpoint to kooky Crain and he also has some fine scenes alone with Gwenn. The gentlemen in Gwenn's musical troupe are all wonderful, and the writing and direction, while primed for audience approval, genuinely work wonders with what might've been a stale set-up. This tear-jerker is a true gem. ***1/2 from ****


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