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A Date with Judy (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 29 July 1948 (USA)
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Hyperactive teenager Judy Foster (Jane Powell) challenges, and is challenged by, her overly-proper parents, pesky brother Randolph (Jerry Hunter), and boyfriend Ogden "Oogie" Pringle (Scotty Beckett).


Richard Thorpe


Dorothy Cooper (screenplay), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Melvin Colner Foster
Jane Powell ... Judy Foster
Elizabeth Taylor ... Carol Pringle
Carmen Miranda ... Rosita Conchellas
Xavier Cugat ... Xavier Cugat
Robert Stack ... Stephen I. Andrews
Scotty Beckett ... Ogden 'Oogie' Pringle
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Dora Foster
Leon Ames ... Lucien T. Pringle
Clinton Sundberg ... Jameson
George Cleveland ... Gramps
Lloyd Corrigan ... 'Pop' Sam Scully
Jerry Hunter Jerry Hunter ... Randolph Foster
Jean McLaren Jean McLaren ... Mitzi Hoffman
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ... Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra


The upper-class Pringles and middle-class Fosters are two Santa Barbara families. Widowed businessman Lucien T. Pringle's (Leon Ames') interests, including a bank and a radio station, keep him absent from his children's lives. Melvin Colner Foster (Wallace Beery) owns and operates a seafood packing plant, an offshoot of his days as a fisherman. Unlike Lucien, Melvin is very present in his family's lives. Judy Foster (Jane Powell) and siblings Ogden "Oogie" Pringle (Scotty Beckett) and Carol Pringle (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) are seniors at the local high school and have known each other all of their lives. Judy, the school's songbird, and Oogie, conductor of the school's orchestra, are musical collaborators and consider themselves more than friends; Judy and Carol are best friends, although Judy and Oogie are oblivious to Carol's actions being in her best interest, often at their expense. Events before, during, and after the senior-class dance have major repercussions: on Carol's advice,... Written by Huggo

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Penultimate movie of Wallace Beery (Melvin Colner Foster). See more »


After dinner at the Pringles', Stephen and Oogie pass the staircase twice as they walk toward the front door. See more »


Carol Pringle: It's a very nice little swing number, Judy. But I don't know if it's really appropriate for a high-school dance.
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Featured in Elizabeth Taylor - An Intimate Portrait (1975) See more »


Composed by Xavier Cugat
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
[The band performs the song at the anniversary party]
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17 August 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Sweet comedy, a time capsule of teen-hood in the movies in the 40's with wonderful music courtesy of Xavier Cugat and his band.

Jane Powell is charmingly pert, full of youthful exuberance something she excelled at. According to her autobiography though that very spryness became a type of prison limiting her casting and when musicals declined in popularity made it impossible for her to transition to other types of pictures.

Someone who certainly didn't suffer the same issue is Elizabeth Taylor, very young and very beautiful, this was one of her first roles that flirted with adulthood.

The doomed Scotty Beckett, a major child star throughout his youth, plays Jane's gangly boyfriend, the unfortunately named Oogie, struggling with puberty in one of the roles attempting to ease him into adult roles. He couldn't make the leap and within the year started the long slide into trouble with the law and drug addiction that ended in his suicide two decades later at 38.

In one of his last roles Wallace Beery is full of warm understanding as Jane's father in a departure from his usual bluster, he and Selena Royale at well matched as a long married couple.

Lastly Carmen Miranda is a delight as always, her clothes and hats are outlandish, take special note of her shoes and wonder how she could possibly walk in them! One quibble, the Technicolor is unusually garish and at times the cast practically glows orange.

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Release Date:

29 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,353,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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