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Please Believe Me (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 12 May 1950 (USA)
Alison Kirbe of London, receives a telegram from Texas, that she has inherited a livestock ranch. It is plastered throughout the London newspapers that Alison has become a rich heiress, and... See full summary »


Norman Taurog


Nathaniel Curtis (story), Nathaniel Curtis (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Alison Kirbe
Robert Walker ... Terence Keath
Mark Stevens ... Matthew Kinston
Peter Lawford ... Jeremy Taylor
James Whitmore ... Vincent Maran
J. Carrol Naish ... Lucky Reilly
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Milwright
Carol Savage ... Sylvia Rumley
Doreen Mary English Doreen Mary English ... Beryl Robinson (as Drue Mallory)
George Cleveland ... Mr. Cooper
Ian Wolfe ... Edward Warrender
Bridget Carr ... Lily Milwright
Henri Letondal ... Jacques Carnet
Gaby André ... Mme. Carnet (as Gaby Andre)
Leon Belasco ... The Croupier


Alison Kirbe of London, receives a telegram from Texas, that she has inherited a livestock ranch. It is plastered throughout the London newspapers that Alison has become a rich heiress, and is sailing to the United Slates alone to claim her inheritance. Or so she thinks. Three men, Terence Keath, Jeremy Tayler, and Jeremy's lawyer, Matthew Kinston take an interest in Alison, after reading about her in the papers. They all board the ship hoping to become involved with her, but, all for different reasons. Terence, is a gambler and wants to marry a rich women to pay his debts. Jeremy, a multi-millionaire wants a wife, and Matthew wants to protect Jeremy's fortune, for he belives Alison is actually running a scam. All aboard! Written by Kelly

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Comedy | Romance


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This film was a major flop at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $609,000 ($6.53M in 2018) according to studio records. It didn't even recoup its negative cost. See more »


After their evening of gambling, Matthew goes to Allison's hotel room and she invites him for coffee. Just as he accepts and begins to sit down, the far shot shows her putting her empty coffee cup at his place. The next shot, which is a close shot from her right, shows her again putting the cup in front of him. See more »


Referenced in Watch the Birdie (1950) See more »

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a little fun
16 July 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In London, Alison Kirbe (Deborah Kerr) receives news that she has inherited a gigantic cattle ranch in Texas from old Hank whom she befriended during the war. The newspaper proclaims her to be a new heiress. In reality, Hank was prown to tall tales and his will is no exception. Alison boards a ship to American and is followed by some men with an eye for her. Terence Keath is an indebted gambler looking to steal her fortune. Vincent Maran (James Whitmore) is watching over him for his boss Lucky Reilly who owns Terence's papers. Rich bachelor Jeremy Tayler is traveling with his lawyer Matthew Kinston who is suspicious of Alison.

The funniest scene is probably the group of old men reading old Hank's will. I love the donkey. The whole section is deadpan hilarity. The rest of the movie is a bit bland. I don't know if Kerr has any comedic chops. She shows a bit of it here or there but she needs to be so much more wackier. The writing doesn't give her enough telephone poles to help her get there. The guys do have some fun at times. Whitmore comes the closest with his constant frustration. It's light. It's harmless. It's nearly funny.

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English | French

Release Date:

12 May 1950 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,055,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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