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Never a Dull Moment (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 19 August 1950 (USA)
Kay Kingsley, a sophisticated and successful songwriter in New York City. falls in love with a widowed rancher, Chris Heyward, she meets at the Madison Square Garden Rodeo and they get ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Lou Breslow (screenplay), Doris Anderson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Kay
Fred MacMurray ... Chris
William Demarest ... Mears
Andy Devine ... Orvie
Gigi Perreau ... Tina
Natalie Wood ... Nan
Philip Ober ... Jed
Jack Kirkwood Jack Kirkwood ... Papa Dude
Ann Doran ... Jean
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Storyline

Kay Kingsley, a sophisticated and successful songwriter in New York City. falls in love with a widowed rancher, Chris Heyward, she meets at the Madison Square Garden Rodeo and they get married, and leave for his ranch in the west. Her friends warn her of an early disillusionment with life on a ranch, far away from the glitter and bright lights of Broadway. Kay makes one difficulty adjustment after another, as the ranch is presided over by Chris's kids, and an incident occurs with a neighbor that prompts Kay to return to her glamorous life in New York. But she soon finds her heart is with Chris and his children. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Park Avenue gal caught off guard... a rodeo champ who makes the most of it! Go ahead...YOU take it from there! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Come Share My Love See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Won the Harvard Lampoon's "Dullest Movie" Award. See more »

Goofs

Opening scene takes place in a rodeo arena somewhere outside Manhattan, but surrounding terrain of flat dusty land, palm trees and mountains is obviously someplace in the West. See more »

Quotes

Chris: I'm telling you, Orvie. There's a woman.
Orvie: Why you telling me? Why don't you tell her?
Chris: You mean...?
[Shrugs it off]
Chris: Ah. Sure would like to meet her though.
Orvie: Well, don't sit perched up there like an old barn owl. Just walk up and introduce yourself. That's what I always and it never missed.
Chris: Oh, you can't do that to a city woman.
Orvie: The heck you can't.
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Soundtracks

"The Man with the Big Felt Hat'
by Kay Swift
Sung by Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray and party guests (uncredited)
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Hix Nix Stix Pix
25 November 2002 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

This may have been the type of movie that gave birth to that infamous variety headline as rural Wyoming townspeople in rancher territory are depicted in classic postwar city-slicker-learns-life-from-rural-perspective fashion. And central casting regulars, William Demarest, Andy Devine, Irving Bacon, Gene Evans, Chester Conklin, and others are on-hand to reprise their familiar supporting characters.

The title is appropriate; the pacing is brisk; and Marshall's direction even shows flair at times. And, certainly, this movie is pleasing as intended - a relaxing and undemanding family comedy. The postwar theme of having able, brave, and plucky women return home to support their husbands without losing their guile or abilities to contribute is prominent and obvious. Irene Dunne, in her final role, smartly overcomes the writing to put her personal imprimatur on the lead character. Her best scenes are with Fred MacMurray's pre-adolescent daughters -- portrayed winningly by Natalie Wood and Gigi Pereau.

Unfortunately, Fred MacMurray, normally a personal favorite who should have been a natural for the part, gives one of his least energetic and dopiest performances in the male lead. And while the moments are not dull, many of the sight gags are predictable, but still mildly amusing.

Performance-wise, a fitting valedictory for Miss Dunne. Overall, Never a Dull Moment is a pleasant-enough movie to relax with and relive 1950 without awakening your brain.


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