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Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)

Approved | | Drama | 26 January 1956 (Portugal)
Miss Dove is a strict disciplinary, plus a well respected teacher, who has inspired her students to individual greatness. One day during class, Miss Dove experiences great pain in her back,... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Eleanore Griffin (screenplay), Frances Gray Patton (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Miss Dove
Robert Stack ... Dr. Tommy Baker
Kipp Hamilton ... Virginia Baker
Robert Douglas ... John Porter
Peggy Knudsen ... Billie Jean Green
Marshall Thompson ... Wilfred Banning Pendleton III
Chuck Connors ... Bill Holloway
Biff Elliot ... Reverend Alex Burnham
Jerry Paris ... Maurice Levine
Mary Wickes ... Miss Lorraine Ellwood
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Miss Dove is a strict disciplinary, plus a well respected teacher, who has inspired her students to individual greatness. One day during class, Miss Dove experiences great pain in her back, but continues with the class. After class she asks one of her students who is staying after class to get a doctor. Thomas, a doctor, and a former student of her's takes her to the hospital and hospitalizes her. While in the hospital her former students rally around her causing Miss Dove to reflect on her past. Written by Kelly

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A picture of Everybody for Everybody!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

26 January 1956 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Guten Morgen, Miss Fink See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

A picture of President Eisenhower hangs in Miss Dove's classroom on the day she becomes ill. See more »

Goofs

When Levine and Makepeace are in the hospital room discussing their lunch at the club, Makepeace says he wants a steak. Levine (Jerry Paris) says he wants lobster on the side. Now, this character is an orthodox Jew. Orthodox Jews keep kosher dietary rules, and the rules forbid the consumption of shellfish. See more »

Quotes

Billie Jean: Now, we'll take our clothes off and we'll feel more comfortable.
Miss Dove: The pronoun "we" is misleading unless you propose to take off your clothes too.
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Remake of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

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The Rock Of Her Community
18 August 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Good Morning, Miss Dove is a property that I'm surprised Frank Capra didn't think to direct. It's entirely possible that Capra was a male chauvinist who only thought in terms of men who sacrifice like George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life. In many ways Jennifer Jones is the superior of Capra's George Bailey.

Jennifer's crisis comes real early in the beginning, she's the daughter of a well bred and prominent family whose father has just died. She thinks she's come into it, but she finds she's inherited debts beyond belief because dad was borrowing and living well beyond his means. To keep his good name, she gives up the life she expected like George Bailey and in the process becomes the moral center of her small town.

Her road was much harder than Jimmy Stewart's because Miss Dove never married, she instead devoted her life to teaching history and geography and never getting to see the faraway places with strange sounding names that she only read about. That song could have been written for her. George Bailey did have Mary Bailey and the kids, that was denied to Miss Dove.

That's just one of the flashbacks in a film that has many. In fact the current story is the fact this rock of the community is undergoing a health crisis and is admitted to the hospital. As she deals with her health issues and the many people who wish her well, her mind reflects on just how much influence she's had on generations of kids passing through her class.

She's a severe woman Ms. Dove, having denied herself a personal life. But she's also a kind and caring one and that comes through with all the people we see her interact with.

Despite a fine cast of players, Jennifer Jones dominates this film in a fine portrayal of what is essentially an unglamorous part. It's the kind of role you might see someone like Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn do, but Jones is just fine in it.

If you're not a fan of Jennifer Jones, you will be after seeing Good Morning, Miss Dove.


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