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Chicken Every Sunday (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 June 1949 (Mexico)
A rueful wife (circa 1910) recalls 20 years of her husband's financial fumbles, as she keeps a boarding house to support the family.


George Seaton


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Complete credited cast:
Dan Dailey ... Jim Hefferan
Celeste Holm ... Emily Hefferan
Colleen Townsend ... Rosemary Hefferan
Alan Young ... Geoffrey Lawson
Natalie Wood ... Ruthie Hefferan
William Frawley ... George Kirby
Connie Gilchrist ... Millie Moon
William Callahan William Callahan ... Harold Crandall
Veda Ann Borg ... Rita Kirby
Porter Hall ... Sam Howell
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Robinson
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. Mildred Lawson
Roy Roberts ... Harry Bowers
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Jake Barker


Tucson, Arizona, circa 1910: Emily Hefferan wants a divorce. In flashback, she recalls twenty years of marriage to Jim Hefferan, who sinks every cent of each new windfall in harebrained investments. Emily only keeps a roof over the family by taking in boarders...more and more of them. But Jim's latest deal goes just a little too far. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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More fun than you've had in a month of Sundays! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Warner Bros. first bought the rights to the novel in 1944 and Mervyn LeRoy was hired as the director. But Warners subsequently sold the property to Fox. See more »


Emily Hefferan: There are other homes in town that take in guests.
Rita Kirby: Yeah, I tried 'em all. Those dumps are full too. I mean... nice place you got here.
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Spoofed in Rabbit Every Monday (1951) See more »


Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
Music by Percy Wenrich
Played during the opening scene and often throughout the picture
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Cute, old-fashioned movie
5 November 2016 | by brtaylor50See all my reviews

I stumbled across this offering on TCM during a Natalie Wood movie night. I wasn't certain I'd stay with it till the end, but I wound up doing so. It's a great example of the kind of movies "they don't make anymore". Corny & schmaltzy in spots...OK a lot of spots...it nevertheless was amusing, downright comical at times, & the actors made it work. It was great to see Alan Young, as all I recall him from is Mr. Ed. Celeste Holm is a gem, as is Dan Dailey. This could be a very effective stage play. I was a bit disappointed that Natalie Wood had such a small role, but I would recommend this flick for an evening of sheer escapism!

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Release Date:

22 June 1949 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicken Every Sunday See more »

Filming Locations:

Gardnerville, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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