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An abandoned baby is raised by three men: the Rev. Andrews, cantor Feldman, and Officer O'Donnell. When Feldman and O'Donnell each find a woman to fall in love with, they both think of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret O'Brien ... Midge
Robert Preston ... Rev. Philip Y. Andrews
Danny Thomas ... Cantor David Irwin Feldman
George Murphy ... Patrick O'Donnell
Karin Booth ... Florence Bartlett
Edward Arnold ... Judge Martin O. Abercrombie
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ... Louis Keller (as Butch Jenkins)
Betty Garrett ... Shoo Shoo Grady
Lotte Lehmann Lotte Lehmann ... Mama Feldman
Connie Gilchrist ... Martha - the Judge's Maid
Page Cavanaugh Page Cavanaugh ... Trio Leader (as Page Cavanaugh Trio)
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An abandoned baby is raised by three men: the Rev. Andrews, cantor Feldman, and Officer O'Donnell. When Feldman and O'Donnell each find a woman to fall in love with, they both think of getting married and settling down. And each wants to adopt Midge officially and raise her without the other "fathers". And Midge has to find some way for them to all become a family again. Written by Kathy Li

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M-G-M's Big Hearted Drama With Songs See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catherine (Unfinished Symphony) See more »

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Budget:

$1,725,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although there was not a soundtrack album, MGM issued a 78-rpm boxed album featuring Betty Garrett (making her screen debut), along with recording artists Kate Smith (intoning her trademark "God Bless America," written by Irving Berlin), Art Lund and Hal McIntyre's Orchestra. From RCA Victor came two releases by cast members: a 78-rpm album by the illustrious soprano who had retired from the Metropolitan Opera, Lotte Lehmann (singing "God Bless America" in the movie and commercially for RCA Victor); and a single by The Page Cavanaugh Trio of "Ok'l Baby Dok'l" (music and lyrics by Inez James and Sidney Miller) - performed here without Betty Garrett, who shared the soundtrack version and then made her own studio cut with Hal Mooney and His Orchestra for MGM Records to include on its album and also issue as a single. See more »

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Referenced in The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) See more »

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Ok'l Baby Dok'l
Written by Inez James and Sidney Miller
Performed by Margaret O'Brien with Frankie Daye providing the singing voice for O'Brien
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Decent film until the third act
15 January 2019 | by pinkarraySee all my reviews

The film was okay up until the last quarter of the film where they start establishing a bond between Midge and Shoo Shoo that has a hint of romance to it.

They made O'Brien who was a pre-teen at the time physically appealing to this woman named Shoo Shoo. They had her sneak into a bar to watch her performance with nobody being wary about a child being in the bar and forced her and Shoo Shoo to develop a shallow romance and what disgusts me is that this is between a grown woman and a young child. I mean, I guess I kind of understand that they want to bond and connect to each other because they're potentially going to be mother and child but I still find this romance and Midge's sneaky behavior inappropriate. And yes, I get it, it has a lot of romance in it and it's about family but it's not much of a romance film.

As for my problems with the earlier parts of the film, there is one major problem I had, I didn't like the parts where they have boys messing with Midge for reasons out of her control yet they barely do anything about this. There could've been a positive message about coming to accept others instead of bullying them but that unfortunately doesn't become the centerpoint of the film and thus, the boy has a fairly shallow redemption character arc and this is because he has too little screentime in the film.

It's a disappointing film which is quite a waste of talent from the sweet, talented Margaret O'Brien on a shallow screenplay and somewhat poor direction.


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