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The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950)

Approved | | Comedy , Musical | 29 April 1950 (USA)
Patricia O'Grady is the daughter of Irish Vaudeville performer, Rosie O'Grady, and is being raised along with her sisters by her father who believes the Vaudeville life contributed to his ... See full summary »

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David Butler

Writers:

Jack Rose (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
June Haver ... Patricia O'Grady
Gordon MacRae ... Tony Pastor
James Barton ... Dennis O'Grady
S.Z. Sakall ... Miklos 'Mike' Teretzky (as Cuddles Sakall)
Gene Nelson ... Doug Martin
Sean McClory ... James Moore
Debbie Reynolds ... Maureen O'Grady
Marcia Mae Jones ... Katie O'Grady (as Marsha Jones)
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Murphy
Virginia Lee ... Virginia Lee
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Patricia O'Grady is the daughter of Irish Vaudeville performer, Rosie O'Grady, and is being raised along with her sisters by her father who believes the Vaudeville life contributed to his wife's early demise. Thus he doesn't want his daughters involved in any way with performing arts, so when she falls for a performer, successful Tony Pastor, their love faces a challenge from dad. As might be expected, there are some complications, but there is finally acceptance and reunion as father and daughter reconcile by the end of the movie. Thirteen songs and eight dances surround the dialog in this comedy/ musical. This film is also the first major role for Debbie Reynolds (Maureen O'Grady). Written by horacep

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She's the Words and Music in All America's Heart!

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Filha de Rosie O'Grady See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Speaking debut of Debbie Reynolds; she had been in June Bride (1948) previously, but without dialogue. See more »

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References A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947) See more »

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Ta-ra-ra Boom-der-é
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Music by Henry J. Sayers
Played when the "Amateur Nite" sign is shown
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fluffy, genuinely entertaining musical
2 July 2005 | by babblingbooksSee all my reviews

A pleasure to see such a great team as Gordon McRae and June Haver on the big screen together. Debbie Reynolds, as her little sister, added a delightful touch (her first speaking role, I believe). June and Debbie's Irish Dad, Barton McLane, did a great nostalgic song and dance ("My Own True Love And I") that would break any Irish person's heart. Gordon played the part of Tony Pastor in his own bright inimitable way. His singing was particularly terrific. Always liked the man. No one else I can think of sang the gay nineties songs as well as he. June and Gene Nelson's (whom I can usually do without) presentation of the title song "The Daughter Of Rosie O'Grady", was a gem, and added much to the show. You came out of the theater humming this tune.

Any time the movie appears on TV, I will try very hard not to miss it. It is a 'feel good about the world' musical and one of the great "escape" pieces of it's day. In my opinion, no MGM musical (including "Singing In The Rain") can make it take a back seat. My lord, how I envied that man (Gordon). He could fall off a shelf and come up singing right on the beat. Strangely enough, I cannot remember S.Z. Sakall's part in the movie; although he appears on the credits. When I track down the video (and I will track it down) I'll come back and update this. Of course, he was a street car conductor.


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