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Adventure in Baltimore (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 19 April 1949 (USA)
The liberated daughter of a 1905 minister innocently starts a scandal.

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

Lionel Houser (screenplay), Lesser Samuels (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Dr. Sheldon
Shirley Temple ... Dinah Sheldon
John Agar ... Tom Wade
Albert Sharpe Albert Sharpe ... Mr. Fletcher
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Sheldon
Charles Kemper ... Mr. Steuben
Johnny Sands ... Gene Sheldon
John Miljan ... Mr. Eckert
Norma Varden ... H. H. Hamilton
Carol Brannon Carol Brannon ... Bernice Eckert (as Carol Brannan)
Charles Smith ... Fred Beehouse
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Eckert
Patti Brady ... Sis Sheldon
Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall ... Mark Sheldon
Patsy Creighton Patsy Creighton ... Sally Wilson
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Storyline

In 1905, teenaged Dinah Sheldon is an aspiring artist and budding suffragette. This is sufficiently scandalous, though her minister father takes a more lenient view. But her imaginative painting, showing a young male friend with exposed chest and (ahem) limbs, really blows the roof off. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She Was a Minister's Daughter...But She Turned the Town Upside Down!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baltimore Escapade See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last film at RKO for production executive Dore Schary, after disagreements with the studio's new owner Howard Hughes. He would move on to MGM as its production chief. See more »

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Narrator: [voice over narration] What could be more symbolic of America than the modern American schoolgirl? Intelligent, restrained, dignified and...
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The opening credits appear on a large pad with a hand tearing off the individual pages. See more »

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17 April 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

It is beautifully filmed by Robert de Grasse. And Robert Young's character is appealing and even admirable. This seems like a dry run for his most famous role, the title character in "Father Knows Best." Here he is a father in two ways: He has children, including Shirley Temple. And he is an Episcopal priest (under consideration for Bishop of his Diocese.) Shirley Temple is the main character. She is meant to be saucy and ahead of her time. But she's very hard to like. The escapade in which her boyfriend, John Agar, borrows a speech from her for a debating contest isn't admirable. And right here, it's hard to imagine that a priest would laugh off his daughter's involvement in such dishonesty.

Then she paints Agar. She promises she will just use his body as a starting point -- no face. But the painting is exhibited in a show and everyone sees that she has painted him in a bathing suit. That would have been extremely risqué for 1905. What would be the equivalent 101 years later? Something on the Internet or in an X-rated video.

All this while her father is being considered for Bishop. I wonder what Christopher Isherwood's original story was like. Maybe she was a forerunner to Sally Bowles. Here, however, she is sullen, pampered, and selfish.


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