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Chicken Every Sunday (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 July 1949 (Sweden)
A rueful wife (circa 1910) recalls 20 years of her husband's financial fumbles, as she keeps a boarding house to support the family.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Valentine Davies (written for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

HERE'S YOUR DISH (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paco Granados Fan site)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1949 (Sweden) 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda, Jeanne Crain, and Florence Bates were considered for key roles. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Spoofed in Rabbit Every Monday (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

King Chanticleer
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Played when Geoffrey and Rosemary dance
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Exasperating corn
6 August 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Faintly ridiculous piece of nostalgic film-flam concerning newlywed couple in early 1900s Tucson; he's the vice-president of the bank and she's the jovial sort of housewife who prides herself on knowing her husband better than he knows himself. Due to the husband's investments and charity, the twosome are forced to take in boarders immediately following their wedding and, as the years progress, their household turns into the neighborhood room-and-board, complete with children of their own. Nothing more than a contract picture for Fox, cheaply-made and cheaply-felt. Valentine Davies and director George Seaton based their script on both Rosemary Taylor's book and the later play by Julius J. and Philip Epstein, which some critics have since compared to the 1970s television series "The Waltons". But even "The Waltons" had a bit of vinegar underneath its homespun scenario; here, beaming wife Celeste Holm plays mommy to her ne'er-do-well hubby, her children, her boarders...she even plays matchmaker for her high-strung daughter and the bashful kid upstairs who can't dance. Natalie Wood appears briefly as one of the tykes, and William Frawley adds some zip as a potential investor in a copper mine, but otherwise this rosy-hued hokum fails to stay the course. *1/2 from ****


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