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Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 August 1948 (USA)
1936. Julia Packett, a London chorus girl, is always in trouble financially, but she always seems to manage to land on her feet by using her feminine wiles to manipulate the men in her life... See full summary »


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William Ludwig (screenplay), Harry Ruskin (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Greer Garson ... Julia Packett
Walter Pidgeon ... William Sylvester Packett
Peter Lawford ... Ritchie Lorgan
Elizabeth Taylor ... Susan Packett
Cesar Romero ... Fred Ghenoccio
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Packett
Nigel Bruce ... Colonel Bruce Willowbrook
Mary Boland ... Ma Ghenoccio
Reginald Owen ... Benjamin Hawkins
Henry Stephenson ... Lord Pennystone
Aubrey Mather ... The Vicar
Ian Wolfe ... Hobson
Fritz Feld ... Pepito
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Daisy
Veda Ann Borg ... Louise


1936. Julia Packett, a London chorus girl, is always in trouble financially, but she always seems to manage to land on her feet by using her feminine wiles to manipulate the men in her life with a smile on her and usually their faces. Much to her surprise, Julia receives an invitation to her now grown daughter Susan Packett's wedding to upper crust Roderick Pennystone to be held in the Packett mansion outside of Paris. Julia being a wife and mother is something of which her current social circle had no idea. Julia and her equally upper crust husband William Packett met during the war when he was enlisted and she a bright eyed seventeen year old just starting out in the vaudeville business. They split - separated but never divorced - because of their fundamental class and thus attitudinal differences when Susan was just an infant. Julia knew that it made sense to leave Susan with William because Julia's working life, which includes late nights and often being on the move to where the ... Written by Huggo

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It's daring! It's delicious! It's the gayest comedy - romance of the year!


Comedy | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

8 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die unvollkommene Dame See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Seattle Thursday 7 February 1957 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Portland OR Monday 11 February 1957 on KGW (Channel 8); in Chicago it first aired 1 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Norfolk VA 25 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Hartford CT 23 April 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Los Angeles 26 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Phoenix 25 May 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Philadelphia 19 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) , in Altoona PA 16 August 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in New York City 3 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 7 November 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and in San Francisco 26 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


After exiting the right hand drive phaeton/touring car at the honeymoon cabin, the two couples congregate at the right drivers side; the car is facing screen right. The next scene has the caretaker approaching from the right and the two couples are now standing in the exact same positions but on the left passenger side of the car; the car is now facing screen left. See more »


Julia Packett: I was very happy, William. You came to me and said, "Julia, I don't love you anymore. I think it's better if we separated." After all, William, that's the truth. Nobody has to be ashamed of the truth.
William Sylvester Packett: That's very cruel.
Julia Packett: I thought so when you said it. But you wanted to get rid of me, so I went. But this time I'm staying until after the wedding.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »


O Sole Mio
(1898) (uncredited)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
Sung by Walter Pidgeon
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Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson try their hand at screwball comedy...
21 August 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

and do a very good job at it. If you've always wanted to see Greer Garson scantily clad and singing while being tossed about by acrobats and cheered on by sailors on leave, or if Walter Pidgeon being roughed up by a trained vaudevillian seal appeals to you, this is your movie. Garson and Pidgeon, a very popular MGM screen team of the 40's, this time are a long-estranged married couple. Pidgeon plays a real scoundrel in this one, but fortunately the scoundrel part is something we're largely told about, not something that we see much of. Pidgeon's character, William Sylvester Packett, is to the manor born and meets chorus girl Julia (Greer Garson) while in the service during World War I. They are hastily married, and a daughter Susan (Elizabeth Taylor) is born during the following year. War is often the great equalizer - it makes everyone involved forget their peacetime stations in life. Thus, when the war ends, it only takes a few months in familiar settings for William to decide he doesn't love Julia anymore and send her packing. However, William never divorces Julia, a symptom of his split feelings towards her. He does keep the baby for himself, though. Once you get familiar with the characters you feel that maybe William's mom had a hand in the break-up since she obviously thinks Julia is not good enough for her son.

The two are thrown back into each other's lives when Julia receives an invitation to her daughter's wedding. The problem is, nobody seems to know who sent that mysterious invitation. Before anyone can get in touch with her to "disinvite" her, free spirit Julia appears at the Packett estate a few days before the wedding. With estranged hubby and his mother so cool to her presence, the servants so happy to see her after all of these years, and her daughter a perfect stranger, how will this whole thing work out? I know this sounds like it has all the potential for Madame X style melodrama, but believe me it is good fun all the way. I highly recommend it. As an aside, don't be too confused by the fact that the time factor doesn't make much sense. This movie was made in 1948 but set in 1938 so the whole issue of World War II doesn't enter into the plot at all.

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