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According to Mrs. Hoyle (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Comedy | 20 May 1951 (USA)
Mrs. Hoyle, a retired school teacher, resides in a hotel bought by Morganti, a gangster, who evicts most of the tenants but allows Mrs. Hoyle and Angela Brown, a dance-hall girl to remain. ... See full summary »


Jean Yarbrough


Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling), Barney Gerard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Harriet Hoyle
Anthony Caruso ... Morganti
Tanis Chandler ... Angela Brown
Brett King Brett King ... Eddie Slattery
Stephen Chase ... Judge Guthrie (as Steohen Chase)
Robert Karnes ... Harry 'Chip' Rogan
James Flavin ... Prosecuting Attorney
Paul Bryar ... Willie
Tristram Coffin ... Pat Dennison
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Charlie
Harry Lauter ... Gordon Warren
Michael Whalen ... Rev. Haverford
Leander De Cordova Leander De Cordova ... Pastor J. Berland (as Leander de Cordova)
Wilbur Mack Wilbur Mack ... Mr. Russ - Hotel Clerk
Don C. Harvey ... Detective (as Don Harvey)


Mrs. Hoyle, a retired school teacher, resides in a hotel bought by Morganti, a gangster, who evicts most of the tenants but allows Mrs. Hoyle and Angela Brown, a dance-hall girl to remain. Mrs. Hoyle's influence for good is felt quickly by Morganti and all of his henchmen with the exception of Rogan. Ther latter, despite Morganti's orders to go straight robs a market with his accomplice Slatterty. Mrs. Hoyle is arrested when the robbery money and jewels are found in her apartment. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

20 May 1951 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Bible verse Mrs. Hoyle quotes at her ceremony is from Proverbs 4:10-11. See more »


After the robbery, there is a shot of police cars racing down the street with sirens blaring. After the watchman is interviewed and told he has to go to police headquarters to look at mugshots, the same scene of he police cars is shown, but flipped as evidenced by the backwards lettering on store signs and a billboard. See more »

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According to Mr. Lipton....
24 September 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The always delightful Spring Byington stars as the title character in this not-so-delightful movie. She is an elderly widow who has spent her life as a teacher in a tough neighborhood setting bad boys on the straight and narrow. When ex-gangster Anthony Caruso buys the run-down residential hotel she lives in and starts to rehabilitate it, he wants to kick out the occupants, but Miss Byington charms him into letting her stay and even gets him and most of his henchmen into donating to the local church. However, a couple of them rob a jewelry store. One gets shot, and the other hides the loot in Miss Byington's room, and she winds up on trial. There are the usual obnoxious Startling Revelations that wrap up the story in a sickening manner.

The talent on view performs their tasks well enough, but director Jean Yarborough brings nothing to the cheap Monogram programmer and the script was co-written by Scott Darling, best remembered for writing dozens of Christie comedies in the 'Teens and 20s and three of Laurel & Hardy's worst features in the 1940s. As much as I enjoy Miss Byington's warm, motherly screen personality, this is one that adds no luster to her career.

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