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It Happened to Jane (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 May 1959 (UK)
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".

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Richard Quine

Writers:

Norman Katkov (screenplay), Max Wilk (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Jane Osgood
Jack Lemmon ... George Denham
Ernie Kovacs ... Harry Foster Malone
Steve Forrest ... Lawrence Clay 'Larry' Hall
Teddy Rooney ... Billy Osgood
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Uncle Otis
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... Crawford Sloan
Parker Fennelly Parker Fennelly ... Homer Bean
Mary Wickes ... Matilda Runyon
Philip Coolidge ... Wilbur Peterson
Max Showalter ... Selwyn Harris (as Casey Adams)
John Cecil Holm John Cecil Holm ... Aaron Caldwell
Gina Gillespie ... Betty Osgood
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Clarence Runyon
Napoleon Whiting ... Eugene - Waiter
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Storyline

Jane Osgood is trying to support her two young children by running a lobster business. After one of her shipments is ruined by inattention at the railroad station, Jane decides to take on Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world". With the help of her lifelong friend - and lawyer - George Denham, Jane sues Malone for the price of her lobsters & her lost business. What she ends up with is a lot more than either of them bargained for. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane from Maine See more »

Filming Locations:

Plainville, Connecticut, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arwin Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Denham's car is a 1951 Studebaker Champion Regal Convertible. See more »

Goofs

When Old 97 leaves Cape Ann for the lobster run, a close-up of the locomotive's wheels shows them turning backwards. It then cuts to a longer shot, and the train is going forwards. See more »


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Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
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The Unlisted Star of the Film
3 March 2001 | by Gary747See all my reviews

"It Happened to Jane" might have deserved a better title, as this one hardy reflects the nature of this great family picture. Be that as it may, many engineers and technical types would argue that one of the main stars of the film is the TRAIN. The demise of steam power and the production of this movie coincided in time, and thus, "It Happened to Jane" provides one of the last images of steam on the mainline system. Like the TV show "Petticoat Junction", the train becomes central to much of the theme. Doris Day and Jack Lemmon make the story entertaining, but without the train, there would be no movie.

A Doris Day classic, this film is fun!

At the time of this review (3-3-01), a VHS or DVD version of this movie was not available. When (if) it does get released, I'm buying it.


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