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The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1958 (Brazil)
A teenage American girl while visiting her father, is thrown into London society during the "Debutante Season".

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

William Douglas-Home (screen play) (as William Douglas Home), William Douglas-Home (play) (as William Douglas Home)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Jimmy Broadbent
Kay Kendall ... Sheila Broadbent
John Saxon ... David Parkson
Sandra Dee ... Jane Broadbent
Angela Lansbury ... Mabel Claremont
Peter Myers Peter Myers ... David Fenner
Diane Clare ... Clarissa Claremont
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Storyline

Upon her banking executive father, Lord Broadbent ("Jimmy"), remarrying who is now the second Lady Broadbent ("Sheila"), seventeen year old Jane Broadbent, who has been living in the States with her American mother since the divorce, pays her father in London a visit so that she can meet Sheila. Jane's visit coincides with it being "the season" in London: when all the society debutantes hold their balls to "come out" as being ready to find a suitable mate and marry. Sheila, as her first act of being Jane's British stepmother, wants Jane to come out along with all her British peers. Sheila believes that someone like if not David Fenner himself, he a guard at Buckingham Palace, would be a suitable mate for Jane. In attending some of the earlier season balls, Jane not only finds David Fenner a drip, but she also does not want to step on the toes of her first true friend in London, Clarissa Claremont, who is in love with Fenner himself. Fenner, in turn, doesn't seem to know that Clarissa ... Written by Huggo

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Such Wonderful Screen Fun! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1958 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Mamá nos complica la vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Reluctant Debutante" by William Douglas-Home opened on October 10, 1956 at Henry Miller's Theatre, ran for 134 performances and was nominated for two 1957 Tony Awards for acting. William Douglas Home also wrote the screenplay on which the movie version was produced. See more »

Quotes

David Fenner: I don't believe you. I'm in love with someone all the time.
Jane Broadbent: Then you're oversexed.
David Fenner: Well, I can't help it if I am.
Jane Broadbent: Well, I'm sorry. I can't either.
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Connections

Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Reluctant Debutante (1966) See more »

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The Boy Next Door
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Written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
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Nobody Mentioned the Costumes
6 May 2004 | by gregorybnycSee all my reviews

I can't add much to what has already been said of this delightful movie. But nobody has mentioned the costumes. It's astonishing to note that Balmain created the dresses for both Kay Kendall and Angela Lansbury. Nearly 50 years later, Kendall still looks ravishingly current in her haute couture day and evening wear. The magnificent red dress she wears in the first party scene is a perfect example and she had the stunning figure to enhance these wonderful costumes. Angela, who had a nifty figure herself, is a more full-figured woman. She's also playing a nasty bitch in this film, and her costumes reflect this aspect of her personality. Instead of looking chic, she looks dowdy.

Sandra Dee's costumes were created by MGM's Helen Rose. I didn't care for any of her daytime wear which was very much a product of the 50s, but it is with gowns that Rose's talent shines, and there's a lovely blue gown with tiny blue bows in the final scenes of this movie that you really notice, and Dee wears the dress like the prom queen she was.

Rex Harrison could wear stylish men's clothing with panache, and he does so here too.

I love this sophisticated movie, which I only discovered a few years ago. And the interior sets are equally beautiful.


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