The Winfield family moves into a new house in a small town in Indiana. Tomboy Marjorie Winfield begins a romance with William Sherman who lives across the street. Marjorie has to learn how to dance and act like a proper young lady. Unfortunately William Sherman has unconventional ideas for the time (setting is during W.W.I, but the war does not play a major part for most of the movie). His ideas include not believing in marriage or money, which causes friction with Marjorie's father, who is the local bank vice president.
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The film is a direct descendant of Life With Father (1947) and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), both of which nostalgically depict middle class family life at the turn of the twentieth century. The main titles in particular are nearly duplicative of those in Life With Father, and composer Max Steiner uses several cues from the earlier film in the exposition sequence. Both films also feature a visiting aunt in the final act of the plot. Warner. Bros. cast Leon Ames as the family's easily exasperated patriarch, a role nearly identical to the one he played in Meet Me in St. Louis. Other similarities to the M-G-M musical include the young lovers tentatively navigating a darkened house following their first date; the heroine falling for 'the boy next door' (or, in this case, across the street); an acerbic, outspoken housekeeper; an idyllic midwestern setting (in this case, Indiana); the liberal use of period songs incorporated into the story; an extended side plot involving a precocious younger sibling with a vivid imagination who rejects age-appropriate pursuits for mischief that causes constant rifts in the family; a bespectacled, awkward neighbor suitor who doesn't interest the heroine; the coverage of four seasons, beginning in summer and ending in spring, with the younger sibling taking the reins during autumn; and both families are in the throes of moving to a new home. See more
The doorbell rings just as Stella finishes putting rubbing alcohol on Marjorie's leg. Marjorie moves her skirt down to cover her leg, then does so again in the next shot. See more
Hello, what's your name? I guess we're going to be neighbors.
Referenced in The Majestic
Merry Christmas All
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