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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Would this glamorous girl choose love...or a star-spangled Career? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marjorie Morningstar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Beachwold Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Warners bought the book for Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor (I)' in 1956. 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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There is a credit for the perfume worn by the leading players. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Warner Bros. logo and the WarnerColor credit are cut from television and video prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: Natalie Wood (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

A Very Precious Love
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Oi Vey.
12 November 2005 | by Harold_RobbinsSee all my reviews

This film has some of the most bizarre casting in Hollywood history - who could possibly conceive of Gene Kelly playing a Jew? Yes, an 'assimilated Jew," but a Jew nonetheless. Maybe the same Warner exec who a few years later envisioned WASP-ish Rosalind Russell as Mrs. Jacobi in A MAJORITY OF ONE? With the exception of Everett Sloane (who may have been Jewish - I've never been able to confirm this) and Ed Wynn (who was), this is the most goyishe-looking family imaginable. Claire Trevor was from Brooklyn - I guess they thought this qualified her to "pass". Everyone looks like they just got back from church, not a synagogue.

Hollywood and the movie industry were built by Jews - except for Darryl F. Zanuck, all the major movie moguls - Mayer, Selznick, Cohn, Goldwyn, Warner, Laemmle - were Jewish - yet they were frightened of portraying Jews honestly on screen, and many an actor had to subdue his "Jewishness" and change his name to 'blend in' - could John Garfield have become a movie star under his real name, Julius Garfinkle?

MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR hasn't held up well as a film or on the printed page - maybe in the 1950s she was the gal every young woman wanted to be or know, but when I finally got through the book a few years ago, I found her to be not only irritating but a tease of the first order - few men or women would have much patience with her superficial personality today. I wondered at the book's popularity - somehow it managed to nudge past AUNTIE MAME and become the #1 bestselling novel of 1955.


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