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Tell It to the Judge (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 18 November 1949 (USA)
Marsha Meredith, an attorney-at-law, is nominated for a Federal judgeship, but her nomination is opposed by a 'Good-Government' group who think her divorce makes her unfit for the job. This... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Nat Perrin (screenplay), Roland Kibbee (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Marsha Meredith
Robert Cummings ... Peter B. 'Pete' Webb
Gig Young ... Alexander Darvac
Marie McDonald ... Ginger Simmons
Harry Davenport ... Judge MacKenzie Meredith
Fay Baker ... Valerie Hobson
Katherine Warren ... Kitty Lawton (as Katharine Warren)
Douglass Dumbrille ... George Ellerby
Clem Bevans ... Alonzo K. Roogle
Grandon Rhodes ... Ken Craig
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Marsha Meredith, an attorney-at-law, is nominated for a Federal judgeship, but her nomination is opposed by a 'Good-Government' group who think her divorce makes her unfit for the job. This evolves into situations, happening in Florida, New England, Washington D.C. and the Adirondacks, such as the misunderstood husband trying to win back his wife, and the misunderstood wife trying to make her husband jealous, and one case of mistaken identity after another, after another. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Rosalind returns to comedy...with a BANG!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flitterwochen mit Hindernissen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 2, 1950 with Rosalind Russell and Robert Cummings reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Peter B. 'Pete' Webb: [Pete and Marsha are climbing the spiral staircase in the lighthouse] Watch your heel, honey.
Marsha Meredith: You watch out for yourself.
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Referenced in Hill Street Blues: Larry of Arabia (1986) See more »

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Disorder In The Court
23 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tell It To The Judge finds Rosalind Russell cast once again as career woman, in this case a lawyer about to be made a federal judge through the machinations of her grandfather Harry Davenport. But Senator Thurston Hall is questioning her character on the grounds of a messy divorce. Shows you how old fashioned this film has become and how terribly dated.

Her ex-husband wants her back and Bob Cummings as the ex does get her back, kind of, sort of. But after that it all gets kind of wild as she uses Gig Young as a foil against Cummings and Bob keeps getting in trouble trying to hide witness Marie McDonald in one of his cases because Bob is a lawyer as well.

What director Norman Foster did well with were some great supporting player performances from a cast of seasoned Hollywood professionals. I think the two most memorable are Clem Bevans as a lighthouse keeper with a side contract from Cupid and Douglass Dumbrille as Cummings playboy client. That one was really a case of reverse casting because Dumbrille is best known for playing slick villains, but I wish there had been more of him as the merry making playboy.

Tell It To The Judge is certainly dated, but while it's not Rosalind Russell's best her fans will not be disappointed.


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