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Marjorie Morningstar (1958)

Approved | | Drama , Romance | 24 April 1958 (USA)
While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Herman Wouk (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... Noel Airman
Natalie Wood ... Marjorie Morgenstern
Claire Trevor ... Rose Morgenstern
Everett Sloane ... Arnold Morgenstern
Martin Milner ... Wally Wronkin (as Marty Milner)
Carolyn Jones ... Marsha Zelenko
George Tobias ... Maxwell Greech
Martin Balsam ... Dr. David Harris
Jesse White ... Lou Michaelson
Edd Byrnes ... Sandy Lamm (as Edward Byrnes)
Paul Picerni ... Philip Berman
Alan Reed ... Puddles Podell
Ruta Lee ... Imogene Norman
Ed Wynn ... Uncle Samson
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Storyline

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met. Meanwhile, their relationship deepens (though, consistent with '50s Hollywood mores, the more full-fledged sexuality in their relationship is never explicitly communicated... Written by HelenLipson<lipson@mnstate.edu>

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The picture that is the story of every young girl who ever had to choose between decency and desire! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe der Marjorie Morningstar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Beachwold Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)
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Trivia

Warner Bros. tested singer/actress Erin O'Brien for the lead in Marjorie Morningstar. When she met Gene Kelly, the male lead in the movie, he said, "Miss O'Brien, I feel you're too tall for the part." So she asked to be let out. But Warner signed her anyway, for four westerns, two feature films, and seven network TV shows. See more »

Goofs

At Marsha's wedding, Marjorie extinguishes her cigarette twice. See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Morgenstern: Were you in love with Papa when you married him?
Rose Morgenstern: When I met your father I was in love with Rudolph Valentino.
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit for the perfume worn by the leading players. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: The Heartbreak Kidd (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

A Very Precious Love
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Good lord, no!!!
13 February 2003 | by danafulSee all my reviews

Great, great book. TERRIBLE movie. Natalie Wood is lovely, to be sure, but not a great actress. Gene Kelly is a great actor and dancer, but horribly miscast. The simpering! The overacting! Spare yourself. Read the book.


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