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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 challenges and is challenged by her overly proper parents, pesky brother Randolph, and boyfriend Oogie.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

The upper class Pringles and middle class Fosters are two families living in Santa Barbara. Among widowed businessman Lucien Pringle's interests are a bank and a radio station, these and his other business interests which make him largely an absent figure from his children's lives. Melvin Foster owns and operates a seafood packing plant, it an offshoot of his days as a fisherman. Unlike Lucien, Melvin is an active part in his family's life. Sixteen year olds Judy Foster, Ogden Pringle (more casually called Oogie) and Oogie's sister Carol Pringle are seniors at the local high school, they who have known each other all their lives. Judy, the school's songbird, and Oogie, conductor of the school's orchestra, are musical collaborators and consider themselves more than just friends, while Judy and Carol are best friends, although Judy and Oogie are oblivious to Carol's actions being in her own best interest often at their expense. Events leading up to, at, and following the senior class ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

M-G-M's Joyous Musical In Color By Technicolor See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Así son ellas See more »

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Budget:

$1,353,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Wallace Beery plays George Cleveland's son, he was five months older than him in real life. See more »

Goofs

[In the dance scene early on, all of the girls are in long dresses. One of the background girls is clearly wearing what look like fuzzy bedroom slippers.] Posted by a Millennial who hasn't a clue as to woman's styles of the early 20th century. While barely seen, the shoes are black flats, unusual for a formal dance but definitely not slippers. See more »

Quotes

Melvin R. Foster: What ever happened to Oogie?
Judy Foster: Oh I just gave him up forever for a little while.
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Connections

Referenced in Here We Go Again: A Date with Judy (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Most Unusual Day (reprise)
Written by Harold Adamson & Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Elizabeth Taylor (dubbed by Jean McLaren)
[Carol sings the song more seductively at the high school rehearsal after Judy sings it]
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"There Are People, Meeting People, There Is Sunshine Everywhere"
26 May 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A Date With Judy probably is Jane Powell's career role, maybe even more so than Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It's Jane at her juvenile cuteness with the movie song probably most identified with her.

Amazingly enough, It's A Most Unusual Day did not even get nominated for the Oscar sweepstakes that year which saw the best song as Buttons and Bows. Still the Jimmy McHugh-Harold Adamson song has an enduring quality, it's one eternally optimistic tune. Jane sings it so well.

The movie is based on a popular radio series of the time and in a few years it would move on to television where Judy Foster and Oogie Pringle would continue the everlasting courtship.

In this film we have two story lines working in tandem. War veteran Robert Stack working as a soda jerk, putting himself through college, and interested in both Jane Powell as Judy or Oogie Pringle's older sister Carol, who is Elizabeth Taylor. Jane is pretty, but Elizabeth was drop dead gorgeous. Is that ever a no brainer.

The second is Judy's dad, Wallace Beery learning the rumba from Carmen Miranda, so he can surprise mom, Selena Royle on their anniversary. Of course Powell and Taylor mistake the meaning of those office rendezvous.

In true family film fashion it all works out in the end. One thing I never understood is why any kid like Scotty Beckett would want to be tagged with the moniker of Oogie even though it's short for Ogden. What a name to go through life with.

Jane sings divinely though and that's the real reason for watching this pleasing, but terribly dated family film.


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