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Louisa (1950)

Passed | | Comedy | 31 May 1950 (USA)
To her family's discomfiture, grandmother Louisa starts dating two men...a grocer and her son's boss.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writer:

Stanley Roberts (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Harold 'Hal' Norton
Charles Coburn ... Abel Burnside
Ruth Hussey ... Meg Norton
Edmund Gwenn ... Henry Hammond
Spring Byington ... Louisa Norton
Piper Laurie ... Cathy Norton
Scotty Beckett ... Jimmy Blake
Jimmy Hunt ... Chris Norton
Connie Gilchrist ... Housekeeper Gladys
Willard Waterman ... Dick Stewart
Marjorie Crossland Marjorie Crossland ... Lil Stewart (as Marjorie Crosland)
Martin Milner ... Bob Stewart
Terry Frost ... Stacy Walker - Square Dance Caller
Dave Willock ... Joe Collins - Cab Driver
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Storyline

The Norton family is in a turmoil due to faultfinding grandma Louisa. Strongly urged to find outside interests, Louisa starts dating grocer Hammond; their necking among the teenagers shocks the latter (!), and Louisa's architect son Hal isn't too thrilled either. So what's to do when Hal's boss Mr. Burnside becomes a rival for Louisa's favors? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO A FAMILY (original half-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luisa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A poster for Universal-International's Harvey (1950) is quite evident outside a movie theatre in this film. See more »

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References Harvey (1950) See more »

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Charming comedy, wry wit, with superb actors
27 November 2003 | by lora64See all my reviews

It's a pity this one isn't available on video or otherwise, I'd acquire it at the drop of a hat!

Thoroughly delightful comedy about romantic seniors (Ch. Coburn and Edmund Gwenn) competing for the love of a sweet granny, Louisa (Spring Byington) who still has much to offer in charm, grace and joy of living.

There's heated rivalry between the two older men, and there's frustrated annoyance from the younger teen set (Piper Laurie and her beau, Scotty Beckett), and the middle-aged family members (Ronald Reagan and patient wife Meg, played by Ruth Hussey). Inevitably there are clashes, tempers flare and varied misunderstandings arise, but all comes right in the end, of course. This is a scintillating comedy with never a dull moment.

I love that delightful scene of Ch. Coburn as Abel Burnside, wading into the pond, trousers soaked, and gallantly picking flowers to offer his lady love, "Louisa", which is also the title of this movie.

Top grades for this one.


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