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The Judge Steps Out (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 11 June 1949 (USA)
A Boston judge bored with his life leaves his family and heads off for adventure. He gets a job as a short-order cook at a roadside diner and soon finds romance with the pretty owner. He ... See full summary »

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Boris Ingster

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Boris Ingster (screenplay), Boris Ingster (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alexander Knox ... Judge Thomas Bailey
Ann Sothern ... Peggy
George Tobias ... Mike
Sharyn Moffett ... Nan
Florence Bates ... Chita
Frieda Inescort ... Evelyn Bailey
Myrna Dell ... Mrs. Joan Winthrop
Ian Wolfe ... Hector Brown
H.B. Warner ... Chief Justice Hayes
Martha Hyer ... Catherine Bailey Struthers III
James Warren ... John Struthers III
Whitford Kane ... Dr. Charles P. Boyd
Harry Hayden ... Judge Davis
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Martha, the Maid (as Anita Bolster)
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A Boston judge bored with his life leaves his family and heads off for adventure. He gets a job as a short-order cook at a roadside diner and soon finds romance with the pretty owner. He also gets involved in helping her adopt an orphan. His bliss may be short-lived when he has to choose between staying at the diner or returning home. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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He Handed Down a Decision IN FAVOR OF HIMSELF!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indian Summer See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film bombed at the box office for RKO, resulting in a loss of $600,000 ($6.6M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

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Nearly steps past production code but chickens out.
13 December 2004 | by gdgoodmankySee all my reviews

SPOILER: This is a movie that was almost great, but the had to force the ending to fit the "Hays Office" guidelines. You wanted to scream at the judge not to be a whiner and go back to a wife clearly ill-suited for him. But Proper Morality wins out. Though they stretch it out till nearly the last minute of the film.

Still this is a nice showcase for too often overlooked actors. Lead actor Alexander Knox is best known for the stodgy Woodrow Wilson biopic, but here shows a delicate comedic sense. Ann Southern was never more appealing. George Tobias showed why he never seemed to be out of work. Whitford Kaye nearly steals the movie as the wise country doctor. And the great Ian Wolfe is marvelously smarmy as only he could be.

This is a movie that could have been longer as it zips right along, and a few scenes were not developed enough (especially the romance and the relationship of Peggy and Nan).

Pity this one got sandbagged by conventionalism, but is mighty tasty till then.


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