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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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It could have happened to anyone, but It Happened To Jane! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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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

This was one of Doris Day's rare total failures at the box office, so much so that Columbia tried re-releasing it under the title Twinkle and Shine. The second release was no more successful than the first. Later that same year, Day enjoyed one of the biggest hits of her career, Pillow Talk (her first film co-starring Rock Hudson) and by the end of 1959, Day placed 4th on the Top Ten Box Office Stars list. See more »

Goofs

When the helicopter lands beside Old '97 there is a location printed below "Copters Unlimited." Hillgrove, RI was too revealing that they weren't in Maine, so they covered it up for the takeoff without fixing the landing shot. See more »

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References I've Got a Secret (1952) See more »

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Be Prepared
Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
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That Jane From Maine
2 August 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Doris is full of pluck and moxie fighting a big corporate jerk who actually seems unhinged in his singular quest to squash the hard working widow Jane. Jack is the earnest lawyer who has loved her since childhood. Together they make a wonderful pair as they go through no end of complications that drive them apart and united them again. Charming comedy was an inexplicable failure on its initial release probably in large part because of that atrocious title. It's re-release title of Twinkle and Shine was hardly an improvement, why they didn't stick with the initial title of That Jane from Maine which would have fit it perfectly is a mystery. Be that as it may this is a cute family comedy with wonderful location shooting and high production values as well as a super supporting cast.


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