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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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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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Followed by The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Hefferan Family (1956) 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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Celeste Holm's valiant struggle as pioneer and actress
27 December 2009 | by Irie212See all my reviews

Celeste Holm is superb as the center of this film, which is truly sky-high praise for her skills, because the character she plays deserves a sound kick in the pants. She is the wife of an ambitious and relentlessly self-seeking blow-hard (perfectly cast Dan Dailey) who would be homeless if it were not for her frugality, industry-- and vanity. Oh, she may not seem vain on the surface, but what other reason could there be for her to stand by, year after year, as her husband fails at get-rich-quick schemes, forcing her to take in boarders to pay the mortgage and support the family. Every time he schemes, she points out the practical problems, only to succumb when he gives her a compliment. Yes, singular. One. One compliment is enough to make her cave every time.

Marriages aren't like that. Flattery does not overcome a daily struggle to make ends meet—certainly not among Western settlers, which these characters purport to be. Which is another problem with this minimally filmed stage play. It tries to be tough-minded but can't raise itself above the sentimental.

Author Rosemary Taylor admits her memoir was mostly fiction. Which, of course, it has to be. What moron would accept this story as fact? Oh, right — Robert Osborne, the round old duffer with the slurred speech who introduces TCM movies. It's not the first time I thought he was nothing more than a starry-eyed fan with trivia-level knowledge, but no original thoughts, not an iota of insight, or even the suggestion of objective critical skills.

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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 »

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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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