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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

The black, white and red diesel waiting at the crossing near the end of the movie is a slightly disguised New Haven a.k.a. New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. See more »

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While the story supposedly takes place in Maine, in a railroad scene one can see the Connecticut State Capitol in the background. See more »

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References Youth Wants to Know (1951) See more »

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Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
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It happened long ago, in a country far, far away...
20 January 2003 | by SPUNKYLIBIDOSee all my reviews

Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, a boy scout troop, and a horny lobster named "Sam" take us on a Disney-like adventure, on a steam locomotive named "Old 97," through an optimistic post war America of the 1950's where the average working class citizen could fight a big corporation and actually win! Jane Osgood, a widow with two children and a lobster farm in small town Maine is played by Doris Day. Jack Lemmon plays George Denham, her lawyer, whom she has known since childhood, and represents her in a lawsuit against Ernie Kovacs, a railroad tycoon, whose cost cutting practices caused Doris' shipment of lobsters to be left unattended on a siding for the weekend where they died. Spunky Jane (Doris) refuses to take the measly $700 settlement offered by the railroad, so the the fireworks begin. The newspapers get ahold of the story and enter Steve Forrest, a New York reporter, and you have the love triangle with Doris trying to decide whether to marry the urbane Forrest or Lemmon who once proposed when they were children. It happened to Jane, but it didn't happen at the box office, but I can't figure out why. I saw this movie in the theater when I was thirteen and loved it. But I also loved a couple of unheard of movies named "The Apartment," and, on the late show, "It's a Wonderful Life." Hey, wait a minute! "The Apartment" went on to win best picture Oscar and "It's a Wonderful Life" has become a classic! Maybe I was right and the public was wrong! Maybe the public just hasn't discovered it yet. Small wonder since it isn't even on VHS or DVD. Maybe the Tycoons of Republicanology don't want it released on DVD! Catch it on cable if you can, and watch it with your children. It is great fun for the whole family.


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